Former FGCU coach charged for deadly assault in NYC

Florence Fletcher
August 10, 2018

A college basketball coach who police say threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge.

Jones, who has been on Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning's staff since May 2017, reportedly turned himself in to police Thursday morning while accompanied by a lawyer.

Jamill Jones, 35, is accused of punching a tourist in the face, who later died.

He was taken to a hospital and died on Tuesday.

According to NBC New York, Szabo had knocked on Jones' auto window, mistaking the vehicle for his Uber ride.

The coach got out, followed Szabo to the sidewalk, clocked him and sped off, police said.

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Wake Forest University assistant coach Jamill Jones attacked digital marketing guru Sandor Szabo around 1:15 a.m. last Sunday in Queens, causing him to fall and smash his head on the sidewalk, police said. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton for a wedding.

According to Jones' biography page on the Wake Forest website, he coached college basketball at Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and Virginia Commonwealth before coming to Wake Forest.

Jones spent one season with the Knights and now is an assistant coach at Wake Forest.

"We won't be making any further comments", Jones's attorney said after his arraignment. "Sandor was super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", his company, What If Media, said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

His family said the marketing professional was leaving the hotel where his brother was staying and called for a vehicle to go back to his own hotel.

"His handsome spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said.

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