Buffalo, NY ( Associated Press) — The head of a baseball cap company for the nation’s biggest sports league was indicted on Monday in Buffalo, New York, of a felony charge allegedly involving his girlfriend’s ex during an argument. After driving her vehicle towards husband. Weekend.
New Era Cap CEO Christopher Koch, 61, was released without bail after appearing on a felony reckless endangerment charge in city court.
New Era, which is headquartered in Buffalo, supplies caps for Major League Baseball, and also produces official sideline and on-court caps for the NFL and NBA.
The judge also issued an order not to be contacted on behalf of the alleged victim, whose name was not released. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn later identified him to reporters as the ex-husband of Coach’s girlfriend.
Coach is accused of deliberately driving toward her ex-husband when the man got out of his vehicle in the parking lot of a Buffalo restaurant on Saturday. Flynn said the man injured his hand while jumping out of the way to avoid being hit. The prosecutor said the coach then rammed the man’s vehicle, causing damage to the passenger side.
Coach’s attorney disputed that description of the incident.
“There was clearly a traffic accident, however, we believe strongly based on the evidence that Mr. Koch committed no criminal act. The rest will be resolved in the courthouse,” said Aaron Glazer, attorney Paul Representing Coach with Cambria Jr.
A New Era spokesperson did not respond to an emailed request for comment.
WIVB. a police report received by Said that the coach was pulling his SUV out of the parking area when the man reached his pickup truck and exited. The police report said the man approached the coach’s vehicle “in an attempt to fight the defendant, ‘Let’s settle it like men,'”.
“The respondent then negligently drove his vehicle towards the victim,” the report said. “The victim moved out of the way and suffered only minor injuries in the right hand.”
Flynn told reporters that the ex-husband went to the restaurant because he knew his ex-wife was there.
“It was not a chance encounter,” he said.
The coach is scheduled to return to court on May 25. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of seven years.