A Baylor official has been charged with assaulting a reporter.
Baylor associate athletic director Heath Nielsen was arrested and charged with assaulting a reporter on the field following the Bears’ loss to TCU on Nov. 5. The 47-year-old official was arrested three days following the game and charged with a misdemeanor assault with bodily injury.
The victim, James McBride had received permission from a football player to take a photograph, and after the picture was taken “Nielsen walked up to McBride on the right, grabbed McBride by the throat with his right hand, squeezed and pushed him away from the football player,’ an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by KWTX says.
When McBride and the player asked Nielsen what the problem was, he replied, “He’s abusing his privileges,” ‘the affidavit said.
“McBride had visible scratches and complained of pain around his throat.”
McBride was reportedly freed on bond and hasn’t attended Baylor’s last two football games.
Baylor is set to play Texas Tech on Friday.