The Alameda County's District Attorney's office yesterday was looking into charges that a coach for the Pleasanton Junior Football League attacked and injured County Supervisor Scott Haggerty on the Foothill High School campus in mid-October.
The coach, ex-NFL tight end Jeremy Brigham, confronted Haggerty when the supervisor went to the school to pick up his son after practice. Brigham accused Haggerty, a former assistant coach for the pre-teen Cowboys team that Brigham coaches, of giving an opposing team coach the plays the team had planned to use in a game between the two teams.
Haggerty denied the claim and said he never knew the plays to begin with.
As the argument at Foothill continued, Haggerty claimed that Brigham shoved him over a low fence and struck him on the back. Haggerty ended up with injuries that had him wearing a neck brace at several public events that followed.
Pleasanton police were called, but Police Sgt. Jim Knox said he could not comment on the case whch is now before the distrct attorney.
Haggerty told reporters that he never acted aggressively himself and left (Foothill) as fast as he could, then called 911 before going to the hospital. For a while, both Haggerty and his son, who suffered torn muscles and a mild concussion that ended his season with the Cowboys, were wearing neck braces.
Mike Shevelson, vice president of the PJFL, told San Francisco Chronicle columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross that the incident was "an internal thing for the league" and "you're doing a disservice to report it."
Even so, the columnists published their story and the PJFL suspended Brigham for one game. He is now back coaching his 10- and 11-year-old boys' team.