A former UW-Rock County basketball coach and the coach’s son were charged Tuesday in Waukesha County Court with battery and disorderly conduct for a post-game incident.
The charges were filed against father and son Jamal M. Mosley, 41, and J’shon N. Mosley, 20, both of Madison.
Both Mosleys assaulted a referee after the game Jan. 3, witnesses told police, according to the criminal complaint.
Jamal Mosley delivered his resignation Jan. 23, said UW Colleges spokeswoman Shawna Connor.
Bill Peyer of Janesville, who coached the now-disbanded UW-Rock women’s team, has taken over the men’s team, Connor said.
During the Jan. 3 game, in which the UW-Rock Rattlers men lost to the UW-Waukesha Cougars by four points, the referee had issued Jamal two technical fouls, according to the complaint.
The following details are also from the complaint:
The referee told police he and the other referees were leaving the gym after the game when he heard Jamal yelling for him to stop. He did not want to talk, so he continued walking.
Jamal told police he chased the referee to get his name so he could report him to the league for improper conduct, but the man refused to give his name, Jamal told police.
Other witnesses heard Jamal Mosley say the referee threw the first punch, something the referee denied. Two other witnesses agreed with the referee.
The referee said that as he arrived at the gym doors, Jamal grabbed him by the shoulder and pulled, swinging him around so the two men faced each other.
The referee said Jamal said: “Regardless of what happened in the game, I want a little respect out of you,” and the referee replied that respect was mutual, and that seemed to upset Jamal.
Jamal then stepped closer, and the referee said he told Jamal to get out of his face, and Jamal replied: “Who’s going to make me, you (vulgarities).”
Then Jamal pushed the referee, the referee raised his hands to defend himself, and Jamal said, “You want to go?” and started punching, the referee said.
“(The referee) stated the first few punches missed him, however, another (person) from the team’s bench came in and punched him from the side, right in the face,” the complaint states.
Jamal hit him two or three times, and J’shon hit him three to four times, and he was soon lying on the floor, the referee said.
Police reported the referee suffered a black eye and a cut on his arm.
A second referee said he was standing next to the first referee and said Jamal raised his voice and then pushed the first referee, who put up his hands to defend himself.
That’s when the punches started, and a second man joined in, the second referee said.
Another witness said the referee never pushed back or threw any punches and said she heard Jamal say later, “Of course, it’s the black guy’s fault.”
J’shon was one of the team’s managers, according to the complaint, but a UW Colleges spokeswoman said he was never hired by UW-Rock, nor was he ever a UW-Rock student.
Jamal gave a second statement to police the day after the incident, saying the referee disrespected him and treated him like a child during the game, calling him “boy” on two occasions, according to the complaint.
When Jamal confronted the referee, the referee puffed out his chest and got into Jamal’s personal space and pushed Jamal, which started the fight, Jamal said, and J’shon tried to break up the fight.
“Jamal stated that once he saw his son get attacked, he ‘lost it’ and blacked out,” according to the complaint.
The charges are misdemeanors that carry maximum penalties of nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine for battery and 90 days in jail plus a $1,000 fine for disorderly conduct.
Initial court appearances for both men are set for Monday, Feb. 19.