Miss. Deputy Charged in Death of Basketball Coach

Jeff Amy, Big Story, May 6, 2014

Family and friends of a youth basketball coach called for swift justice Tuesday against two Mississippi sheriff’s deputies accused of assaulting their son after a recreational league game and causing injuries that led to his death.

Hinds County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Adams was charged with murder in Monday’s death of 25-year-old Justin Griffin. Adams, 37, was refereeing a 7th-grade AAU state tournament game Griffin was coaching on Sunday. The two argued over play calls on the court and later Griffin was attacked in the parking lot outside, police said. Griffin died from blunt-force trauma to the head from injuries in the fight, said Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart.

Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams

“We believe this was an unprovoked act of aggression as a result of our investigation,” Assistant Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “That’s why we charged him with the murder.”

Adams is jailed after being denied bond Tuesday. A second unnamed deputy in uniform, working as a security guard at the gym–is being investigated. {snip}


James Griffin, Justin Griffin’s father, disputed accounts by authorities that his son started the fight. Dozens of people gathered at Griffin’s home Tuesday evening, saying they wanted to uphold Griffin’s reputation.

“He was assaulted and killed by the guys who were supposed to be protecting him,” the father told reporters Tuesday. “My boy was not a thug. We raised him and we raised him right.”

Justin Griffin

Justin Griffin


Vance said that from reviewing “two or three” partial videos of the scene, it’s clear the second deputy participated in the assault. But he said it’s not clear whether murder is the right charge.

Julian Pickett, a fellow coach and longtime friend of Griffin, said the coach did complain vocally about Adams’ officiating during the game. He also said that Adams had officiated previous games in ways that Pickett and Griffin found unfair.

Pickett, though, said the team, the Kingdom Warriors, came from behind to win Sunday’s game. Then he and Griffin watched another game that Adams officiated without saying anything. Vance said surveillance video shows Griffin was walking out of the Mississippi Basketball & Athletics facility when Adams came out behind them with the second deputy.

Pickett said Adams grabbed Griffin and when he pulled free, the security guard reached for an electronic stun gun. Pickett said he tried to intervene, but Adams pursued Griffin.

“Justin swings; he swings; he hit him,” Pickett said of Adams. “Justin went down and he just stood there.”

Pickett said he took video of part of the assault on his mobile phone, one of the videos that police have reviewed.


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  • MekongDelta69

    Call Sharp-Tone and Hi-Jackson. They’ll ‘hep a brutha out.’

    Nvm – There’s no money in it for them…

  • Puggg

    You can give ’em a badge, but they’ll never be on the right side of it.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Black cops and prison guards are almost as bad as the criminals.

      • Puggg

        They’re easy to corrupt, and in a jail situation, and by that I mean a city or county jail not a state prison, the black guards are somewhat ganged up with some of the inmates. They’ll turn their backs while their favored inmates escape.

  • dd121

    He done been disrespected. He been looting so I bees shootin.

  • I’m calling “no harm, no foul” on this one.

    • Strider73

      Or you could say Adams administered the ultimate technical foul call.

      Remember the recent article here about what a 100% black pro basketball league would be like? I only predicted refs taking bribes; apparently I was far too charitable.

  • FozzieT

    TNB. ‘Nome Sane?

    • LHathaway

      What is TNB?

      • FozzieT

        Typical Negro Behavior.

        • Also a typical negro sense of proportion and impulse control. Adams, a 37 year-old grown man, is now facing life in prison over a quarrel about a basketball game: a junior high school basketball game.

          I’m 11 years older than Adams, and after reading this article, I can’t help but think of all the fun things I have done in the last 11 years that he’ll never be able to do, all because he lost it over a kid’s game.

          • IstvanIN

            They have no sense of proportion, what is trivial to us is mega-important to them. Part of having no real life.

          • MBlanc46

            And vice versa.

  • IKUredux

    Umm, so, what else is new? Yawn.

  • How did someone so obviously cretinous as that Adams critter end up on a county sheriff’s department?

    • Pro_Whitey

      I like one wag’s description of the thankless job of county sheriff: you have to deal with the scum of the earth, and on top of that you have to deal with the inmates of the county jail.

    • MBlanc46

      I was going to say, “It’s Mississippi”. Then it occurred to me, we’ve got plenty like that right here in Cook County. Affirmative Action is a more likely explanation.

  • sbuffalonative

    It’s the white mans’ fault. Let me explain.

    A few years ago, we had shooting in a downtown bar. Black man shot 8 blacks, 7 died.

    The local angry-black-man radio host said this happens because the black man is so inundated with the white mans’ racism and so powerless to fight back that his angry builds until he has to lash out at black men and women.

    • trouble maker

      So what’s their excuse when there are no white men telling them what to do, just look at South Africa when Mandela and the communist backed ANC took over.

      • I’m just guessing, but that would most likely be blamed on “de turrble, turrble legacy ob de Apartheid”.

  • LHathaway

    I had a hard time following the story. Either it is written poorly, or the writer himself didn’t understand it well or had little detailed information to report on. Or perhaps the behavior of all of those involved just didn’t make sense. Or my comprehension has seriously deteriorated.

    • Urbane Neanderthal

      Negro A and Negro B had a disagreement over a sporting event.
      Negro A was a deputy sheriff.

      Negro A attacked and killed Negro B.

      Typical day in the hood except for the career of Negro A.

  • Greg Thomas

    This thug was a cop?

  • crockadoodle6

    Any attempt to add structure, rules, or algorithms to the black race is doomed. Like pushing a square peg through a round hole. There’s going to be lots of splinters and sore thumbs. They are genetically incapable of processing and data that is not immediately apparent. The lack of rules in BBall is what most people call ‘street ball’. The basketball equivalent to ebonics. In this case, coach ‘A’ did not approve of Referee ‘A’s lack of appreciation of street ball, apparently, and was publicly vocal. To a black that is equivalent to stealing their mojo. Ergo, retaliation..death…jail and ultimately two less votes for the liberal agenda killing this country. Pretty good day, all around.

  • If your business has less than 50 employees, Affirmative Action laws do not apply, and you can hire or turn down anyone you want, for any reason or non-reason you like.