The disturbance was reported at 6:15 p.m. last Thursday during a game between the New London and Griswold JV boys basketball teams, the Norwich Bulletin reports. Two opposing players started arguing and it escalated into a fight, police said.
The coaches separated the players, but Robert Crawford, 64, came down from the stands and assaulted the New London player, police said.
Crawford was charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor and interfering with a police officer.
The New London player was charged with two counts third-degree assault and was released to a relative. The 17-year-old Griswold player was charged with breach of peace.
“We worked well with the New London administration, we were all on the same page, and out of a bad situation came a ‘teachable moment,’ ” said Griswold H.S. Athletic Director Glenn LaBossiere.