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Coach charged after punching referee

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UPDATE: April 16, 2019, 11:32 a.m.

PADUCAH, Ky. (WSIL) -- Keyon Menifield has been arrested again, in Flint, Michigan, after assaulting a referee.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Department upgraded Menifield's charges to felony assault. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Sheriff's Department upgraded his charges, after medical professionals determined Kenny Culp's injuries were more extensive than originally reported.

ORIGINAL: April 7, 2019

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Authorities say a Michigan youth basketball coach accused of punching a Kentucky referee, knocking him unconscious, has been charged with assault.

News outlets cite a statement from the McCracken County sheriff's office in Kentucky that says 40-year-old Keyon Menifield of Flint, Michigan, had a disagreement Saturday with the referee, 61-year-old Kenny Culp of Paducah. The statement says Culp turned to walk away when Menifield struck him.

Culp was taken to a hospital for treatment, and deputies charged Menifield with assault of a sports official. It wasn't immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

Culp's niece, KaSondra Barnett, said on Sunday that he was being treated for a broken collarbone, a crack in his sinus cavity, and a concussion.

McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter says the investigation is ongoing.

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