WVU coach cited for disorderly conduct


Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
PITTSBURGH - West Virginia men's basketball coach John Beilein was cited for disorderly conduct at Pittsburgh International Airport after he refused to move his vehicle and berated a police officer, police said.
Beilein, 53, was cited and issued a parking ticket Tuesday for leaving his vehicle in a "No Parking" area outside the terminal, Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt told the Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh.
Beilein disputed the account in a statement released by the school.
According to police, Beilein was parked illegally at about 1:35 p.m. He refused to move and told the officer he did not have to move because he was West Virginia's coach, Moffatt said. A crowd gathered and Beilein was given the citation and parking ticket, Moffatt said.
Beilein and his family were in front of the baggage claim area and were trying to figure out if they were missing a piece of luggage, he said. An officer asked him to move and he "attempted to comply with (the officer's) directive," he said.
"At no time was I disrespectful or disorderly in any way," Beilein said. "Coming from a family of police officials, there is no one who has more respect for the law than I do."
Beilein's brother, Thomas Beilein, is sheriff of Niagara County, N.Y., and his grandfather was a police officer, said WVU athletics spokesman Bryan Messerly.
A message left for Moffatt by The Associated Press on Wednesday was not immediately returned.

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