Reports say Wake Forest assistant basketball coach arrested following fatal altercation

WINSTON-SALEM NC- FEBRUARY 24 Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones during the Wake Forest Demon Deacons game versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Former UCF assistant coach Jamil Jones was arrested and charged with assault after punching a man in New York City who later died.

The Daily News and WPIX quoted police officials as saying that Jones punched 35-year-old Sandor Szabo, a Florida resident, in the head during an altercation in the Queens area of Long Island City last Sunday. Jones, said to have been parked in an SUV that Szabo knocked on, got out and punched him, after which Szabo was taken to a hospital, only to die of his injuries on Tuesday. Jones fled the scene inside a white SUV, according to the police report.

The Wake Forest Athletic Department released a statement that said: "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information". He was arraigned today on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance after entering his plea.

"It's an unfortunate and tragic incident", Jones' attorney, Alain Massena, told ESPN. The Jones family sends their deepest condolences and sympathies to the Szabo family. The investigation is ongoing.

Jones joined the Wake Forest basketball program in May 2017, according to the team's website.

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Wake Forest had no immediate comment, the AP reported.

Jones is set to begin his second season on Danny Manning's Wake Forest staff after joining in the spring of 2017.

Szabo, also 35, was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", his company, at What If Media Group, said. "He was a really good person". His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton for a wedding.

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

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