Baylor associate AD allegedly assaulted reporter

A Baylor athletic department official has been placed on an indefinite leave of absence, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge stemming from an incident with a reporter after a football game.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Police charged Heath Nielsen, Baylor’s associate athletic director for communications, after James McBride, a reporter from the Keller, Texas-based Texas Blaze News, told authorities that Nielsen assaulted him Nov. 5 after the Bears’ 62-22 loss to TCU in Waco, Texas. According to Waco TV station KWTX, McBride said he was attempting to take a photograph with a Baylor football player when Nielsen grabbed him by the throat and pushed him away, saying McBride was breaking the school’s rules against conducting interviews on the field after games.

Nielsen, who was placed on the leave of absence shortly after the alleged incident, was arrested Nov. 8.

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