DURHAM – NC Central's head football coach is back on the job. Henry Frazier III was arrested May 14 on charges he assaulted his wife. Central then suspended him pending the outcome of the case.
Monday, the university allowed him to return to work, saying his legal issues had been resolved.
“I am pleased that Coach Frazier's legal issues have been resolved and he is now prepared to move forward with the responsibilities and duties as NCCU's head football coach effective today,” said NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree.
Court documents show Frazier admitted his guilt and asked for a prayer for judgement. On a Domestic Violence Deferral Statement of Guilt, he wrote, "On May 13, 2012 I Henry Frazier got into an argument with Lanier Turner and proceeded to pray for her by placing annoited [sic] oil on her against her wishes."
Under the prayer for judgement, if Frazier completes a domestic violence abuser course, his conviction will stand & he will not face any additional punishment. He also can not have any contact with his wife, except for issues regarding their children.
Frazier spent his first day back at work answering reporters' questions about his domestic violence arrest.
“It has been a slight embarrassment to the university, to me personally,” Frazier said. “In a million years, I never would have wished, would have thought this would have occurred. I wouldn't put this on anyone. But things happen in life and you have to figure out a way to get through things.”
Frazier says he looks forward to putting this embarrassing incident behind him and focusing once again on football.
“I'd like to formally apologize to my family, North Carolina Central University and the supporters, my coaches, [and] my players for allowing my personal life to become a distraction to this fine institution,” he said.
“Coach Frazier is remorseful for the distraction to the university,” said NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms. “North Carolina Central University stands on century-old values and high standards that we expect and require from all members of our community. These core principles include mutual respect and the absence of violence in resolving conflict.”
“As Coach Frazier returns to lead the NCCU football program, I have full confidence that he has learned from this unfortunate situation and is working through the healing process with his family,” said Wicker-McCree. “The Frazier family has the full support of their NCCU family. The leadership team within our division understands that responsibility, accountability and commitment to our students and the university are critical.”
Central's first football game is Sept. 1 at home against Fayetteville State University.