Lobo coach's wife under fire
Posted at: 04/19/2013 9:59 PM
| Updated at: 04/19/2013 10:18 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It has only been a little over two weeks since UNM named Craig Neal the new head coach of the Lobo men's basketball team. Now, Coach Neal's wife is in the spotlight.
Janet Neal is accused of aggressively confronting an Eldorado High School administrator.
A police report says Janet Neal had been feuding with Assistant Principal Susan Stanojevic at Eldorado where their son Cullen starred on the basketball team.
The report says Janet Neal felt like Stanojevic was bad mouthing her to other people about swearing at the games. The report says it came to a head in February when Neal confronted Stanojevic after a game at Sandia High School.
Stanojevic told police Neal grabbed her arm and pulled her in a jerking motion. She says Neal started yelling in her face so closely that she spit on her face. Stanojevic reported that even after she pulled her arm away from Neal and started to walk away, Neal's son Cullen had to pull his mom away from her.
Neal's attorney would only say that she categorically denies the allegations.
An Albuquerque Public Schools Police Officer backs up Stanojevic's story, saying that she saw what happened in February and that Neal is known for how "hot headed" she can get at the games.
Stanojevic told police she was afraid of Neal because she is a "scary person" who is "volatile" and "unpredictable."
The school district officer, who claims to have witnessed what happened, also reported that Eldorado's principal recommended that Janet Neal be suspended from attending the basketball games because of her behavior. But an school district spokesperson said Friday that they are denying what the officer is saying.
Janet Neal told the Albuquerque Police Department she was suspended from one game, but she contacted school district Superintendent Winston Brooks and that was lifted.
APS said Janet Neal was never suspended from any games. The district's spokesperson also denies that the officer saw the fight between Neal and Stanojevic.
The police report has been forwarded to the Office of the District Attorney for review. If charged and convicted of battery, Janet Neal could face up to 18 months in prison.