Wake hoops assistant, accused in punching incident, resigns

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Jamill Jones (right) charged with assault in connection with a deadly attack on tourist Sandor Szabo (left) in New York City (Photo: Wake Forest Basketball/Facebook)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A Wake Forest assistant basketball coach has resigned eight months after police said he punched a New York City tourist who later died.

Jamill Jones announced his resignation Friday, saying his decision “is in the best interest of both the team and me personally.”

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Jones had been on leave since Aug. 10. Police say Jones punched digital marketing guru Sandor Szabo early on Aug. 5, causing him to fall and smash his head on a sidewalk in Queens, New York.

Jones has pleaded not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor assault. His next court date is May 6.

He says resigning will eliminate a distraction from the program “while I focus all of my attention and energy on resolving my legal case.”