Missouri Comets player charged with head butting competitor

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Independence, MO (KCTV) — A Missouri Comets soccer player is accused of intentionally hurting a competitor by head butting him after a game. The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office cited Andre O. Braithwaite, 23, of Kansas City with third-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor.

The Jamaica-born player is accused of intentionally head butting a Baltimore Blast player Patrick Healey, causing a laceration to the victim’s eye. The assault occurred after a March 15 game at the Independence Events Center, which is near Interstate 70 and Highway 291.

Healey told police that after the game he was shaking hands and talking with Comets player Josh Gardner when Braithwaite approached him. Healey said Braithwaite appeared initially that he wanted to shake his hand.

“Mr. Healey advised that when he turned to acknowledge him, defendant Braithwaite grabbed his head with his hand and forcefully head butted him,” according to court documents. “Mr. Healey stated that as a result of the assault, he required five stitches to close the wound.”

Police said Braithwaite initially agreed to provide a statement at police headquarters, but later changed his mind. He allegedly told the detective during an initial telephone call that the game was full of emotions and his actions were “boneheaded.”

KCTV5 reached out to Braithwaite on Twitter, but he has yet tor reply.

He has not directly addressed the allegations on Twitter, but he did tweet on March 23, “I never lost my way, I never turn fool when I reach at the crossroads. I never lost my way!!”

The day after the alleged assault he tweeted, “I wish that I could know the place I have yet to go, the ways I’ll change, the things I’ll do. I wish I could see the life that lies ahead of me.”

By DeAnn Smith