City revokes park director's coaching privileges

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A couple of suspended Columbus Parks and Recreation employees have now had their coaching privileges revoked.

The city manager's officer tells News Leader 9 that parks director, Tony Adams and city sports director Herman Porter no longer have coaching privileges. The two are already on paid leave.

The decision came while the two men were away in Orlando, FL for a basketball game last weekend.

According to the men's attorney, Stacey Jackson, Adams coached the Georgia Blazer's basketball team and while Porter watched the game. 

Jackson tells News Leader 9, although the team used the same name as the city-funded Innovative Sports Program, the team was not in any way affiliated with the city team.

Their attorney added, the team's trip to Florida was not funded by the city. All fees were paid out of pocket by the participants.

While away, the team made it to the semi-finals and were one win away from playing in a championship.

The audit of Columbus' parks department has been a controversial topic. A 27-page audit of the parks department revealed questions of how $150,000 was spent.

Columbus Police has been probing the matter since late May.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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