Adingono quits after abuse charges

Updated: April 2, 2009, 6:57 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Former Rhode Island star and international coach Lazare Adingono resigned as assistant coach of the Canisius men's basketball team on Thursday, two months after being arrested on charges of using a belt to beat his 4-year-old son.

Harvey Siegel, Adingono's attorney, said Thursday his client submitted his letter of resignation, in which he wrote he wanted to "focus his undivided and full attention on family issues."

Canisius athletic director Bill Maher confirmed that Adingono resigned but declined to provide details.

Adingono had been on leave from the team since late February.

He was in his third season at Canisius and last year coached the Cameroon national basketball team in the Olympic qualifying tournament last year.

Adingono was arrested on Feb. 10 on a felony charge of second-degree assault and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. The alleged beating took place at Adingono's home in Buffalo on Jan. 15. He is accused of using a belt to strike his son numerous times, causing pain and swelling to the boy's back, neck and arm.

The case is scheduled to be presented to a grand jury.

Adingono won several team awards following his senior year at Rhode Island, and later spent three seasons with the team as an assistant coach.

A native of Cameroon, he previously played on the national team before taking over as coach. In 2007, he coached the squad to win a silver medal -- the nation's first in 34 years- at the FIBA Africa Championships and clinched a berth in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Athens the following year.

Cameroon was knocked out of the qualifying tournament after losing both preliminary round games. Adingono's status with the national team is unclear.


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