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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — It was video you saw ONLY ON 3 Friday night: police using a taser on a fan at a Whiteville High School basketball game.

Today we’re learning more from police about exactly what happened.

For years Whiteville Police Sgt. Andre Jackson has spent his Friday nights at Whiteville High School working crowd control for the Wolfpack home games.

“It has always been pleasant,” Jackson said. “We have never had many problems. Just little minor stuff. I don’t know what happened friday night to make this guy act the way he did.”

Friday night when Whiteville took on conference rival South Brunswick, a questionable call made 37-year-old Michael Kelly’s emotions erupt. According to police, Kelly began screaming obscenities at players and referees. After the referees ejected him from the game Kelly refused to leave, and that’s when law enforcement stepped in.

“They tried to talk to him, and with the language that he used, they still didn’t do anything else, but he pushed them, and then took his elbow and tried to take a swing, and that’s when the officers used the correct thing and used the minimal force necessary,” Jackson said. “The referee wrote a statement that the officers were very professional in the way they handled it, and the principal said he was pleased with the way they handled themselves.”

Police arrested Kelly and charged him with resisting arrest, assaulting a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct, which are all misdemeanors.

This is the second incident involving Whiteville fans this year, after Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies cleared the stands during a game at North Brunswick earlier this season. Still, Whiteville Police say they have no plans to change their policies for crowd control.

“Usually we have the same amount of officers. We had five officers working the game, so we were very equipped to handle that, and that’s something that don’t happen here,” Jackson said. “It was just one of those things, but we were able to handle it.”

Police say they could have peppersprayed Kelly, but then they would have had to clear the gym.

We’ve tried to track down Kelly for comment, but have not yet found him.

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9 Comments on "ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: Police explain why they used Taser on fan at basketball game"

2015 years 10 months ago

We don’t do that. At all.

2015 years 10 months ago

If you really think that people pronounce Whiteville like that, then you need to get the waffles out of your ears.

Justin America
2015 years 10 months ago

pronounce it waffle?

2015 years 10 months ago

It’s more like ‘Whaaaa-vull’.

2015 years 10 months ago

Let me see……
Completely out of control. Disrupted the game, and had to be ordered to leave. Then he assaults officers, while trespassing. The photo shows him, clearly on the court. Its animals, like this, that cause riots, at sporting events. They ruin it for everyone else, and cause serious injuries.

He’s probably a regular, in the courthouse, and will not even get a ‘slap on the wrist’. He should get 6 months of ‘hard labor’.

Good job Whiteville PD.

2015 years 10 months ago



Seems like Money Mike likes to sell pills, according to his criminal history. His rap sheet also includes a history of violence as well. Great reporting to drum up some local yokel town drama in the bumbling metropolis of Whiteville. (Rolls eyes @ WWAY, Scott Pickey, and Holden Kurwicki)

2015 years 10 months ago

Looks like the officers did a great job with crowd control. The man deserved what he got! Hopefully he cannot come back in the gym or any gym in the county. No place for his actions.

Guest 4500
2015 years 10 months ago

He got exactly what he deserved. He was out of line. Don’t feel sorry for him at all! Let’s see what the next excuse will be…maybe the race card?

2015 years 10 months ago

Don’t try to front. If y’all don’t do that now it must have changed since them California people been down here. I definitely have heard it pronounced that way plenty of times. No shame in it. Waivull, Greenvull, Fayevull… It’s actually pretty rootsy if you think about it. In Britain they pronounce Worcestershire as “Worse tuh shuh”. Ain’t no shame in the pronunciation game.


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