Michigan City Police said 37-year-old Shelly Miller attacked his daughter's basketball coach. On Thursday he appeared in LaPorte County Superior Court to face charges related to the March 8 attack.
Outside the courtroom, WSBT News asked Miller about his charges. He didn't say a word, but we got an earful from his family members.
One man told WSBT'S John Paul that Miller is a "model citizen" who did nothing wrong.
Paul asked if Miller punched the coach – the man's reply: "If he did...." then stopped. "I don't know.”
The remarks got worse as Miller walked to his car.
"Yeah, he hit a coach. [So what?]" said Wynter Goodwin. Her remarks were followed by several expletives and charges of racism.
Goodwin believes Miller has been disenfranchised. She compared his situation to other incidents in Michigan City. When WSBT'S John Paul asked how Miller's case was a racial issue when he was charged for punching the coach, Goodwin replied,"So what are you saying, he wasn't supposed to?"
On March 8, state police responded to a call at St. Stanislaus school. Miller reportedly confronted one of his daughter's coaches about running laps as a form of punishment for arguing with another player.
Police said Miller punched the coach in the head and face until he lost consciousness.
"If the coach is ******* with your kid, what are you to do?" said Goodwin. "You can't talk to him."
Goodwin said Miller went to the school "five times" to talk to the coach.
On Tuesday, WSBT News spoke with Royce Williams with Michigan City police. He said, "Obviously we all have emotions, we have to approach with a more level head."
Another relative, Ashley Blake, said what Miller did was wrong.
"But, you don't know what led up to that situation," said Blake.
We will not know until Miller's next court appearance, May 3, because he did not talk about it.