Breaking News: NCCU’s Frazier Suspended After Arrest

North Carolina Central coach Henry Frazier III was arrested on Aug. 19 by Durham County police for violating a domestic violence protective order. ( photo)

Less than two weeks from the start of a new season, North Carolina Central’s Henry Frazier is in the news for something other than his up-and-coming football squad. According to an online arrest database, the 45 year old head football coach was arrested by Durham County police on August 19 for violating a domestic violence protective order. He was released on $5,000 bond for the misdemeanor.

Frazier has been suspended with full pay according to the release by the university. It states:

“North Carolina Central University is aware of the arrest of Henry Frazier III, head football coach, on yesterday, August 19. Coach Frazier has been suspended with full pay in accordance with university policies and procedures while the matter is being investigated by legal authorities. Dwayne Foster, assistant head coach, will serve as acting head football coach. “

Frazier’s arrest comes less than 18 months after he was originally arrested for allegedly assaulting his then-wife in their Morrisville, NC home. Frazier was reinstated that July, and led the Eagles to a 6-5 record in 2012. 


Late Tuesday night, the Durham-Herald Sun posted an updated story by NCCU beat writer John McCann. McCann talked to attorney Rodney Frazier, who represents the coach. Frazier says that his client had no physically contact with his ex-wife Lanier Turner-Frazier, the individual whom the order was created to protect. 

According to Frazier’s attorney, Frazier’s son delivered a note to his ex-wife regarding a proposed payment adjustment of their alimony agreement based off payment for a parking ticket.

“In the note, Frazier, in a non-threatening way, explained that he’d taken care of the ticket and would deduct what he paid from Turner-Frazier’s alimony, Frasier said. The letter was hand-delivered by the son, in keeping with “the pattern of practice” that Frazier and Turner-Frazier have used since their separation to communicate about financial matters, Frasier said.”

North Carolina Central will open the 2013 season against cross-town rival Duke in the Bull City Gridiron Classic.




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