Former Steubenville Assistant Coach Arrested

Former Steubenville High School assistant coach, Matt Belardine, arrested for clash with Ferguson protesters.

Former Steubenville High School assistant coach, Matt Belardine, arrested for harassing Ferguson protesters.

Steubenville is back in the news…again.  From the post-game brawl between Steubenville High School and Beechcroft to the recent arrest of former assistant coach Matt Belardine, the Steubs can’t seem to stay out of the spotlight.

This weekend, Matt Belardine, was arrested with his friend Sam Busic formerly of Steubenville while accosting protesters at a Ferguson rally in Phoenix, AZ.

Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO reported that two people were arrested for fighting in front of the Wasted Grain bar during a Ferguson protest.  Matt Belardine and Sam Busic were bystanders who instigated a fight with some of the demonstrators and yelled obscenities at them, police said. (Source: CBS 5 News)  Belardine was charged with disorderly conduct and Busic was charged with assault.

I wonder if he told the protesters “You’re going to get yours. And if you don’t get yours, somebody close to you will.”?  You know…following in the footsteps of his beloved Coach Reno Saccoccia and all.

Coach Reno Saccoccia being pulled out of a post-game brawl in a choke hold. Click photo for full story.

In April, Belardine appeared before Special Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove for his role in the Steubenville rape case. Belardine was a volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of an underage drinking party.

Matthew Belardine, 26, of Steubenville, Ohio, pleaded no contest to one count of making a false statement and one count of enabling underage drinking at the Aug. 11, 2012, party. Charges of obstructing official business and contributing to the delinquency of a child were dismissed.

Special Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove of Jefferson County Common Pleas Court sentenced Belardine to 10 days in jail, one year of supervision and 40 hours of community service. She also fined him $1,000.

It looks like Belardine is still on court supervision.  Some people never learn.

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