Police arrest two city workers for playing ball under stay-at-home order

Published 10:32 pm Friday, April 10, 2020

Two Alabama city workers were arrested after they were caught playing a game of pickup basketball at a city-owned facility, authorities said.

Tjai Deion Bryant, 35, and Quadarius Devonte Woods, 26, were arrested Thursday and both charged with a Class C misdemeanor after violating the state’s stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus pandemic, news outlets reported.

Phenix City Police Capt. Joey Williams said Woods and Bryant were both employees of the city’s recreation center. Williams said the pair went to the track to perform calisthenics, but rain drove them inside the facility where they played a pickup basketball game.

Williams said the game violated city guidelines prohibiting sports interaction with another person closer than six feet, as well as activities that require using shared equipment.

Williams said the men were being investigated by the city and they could be fired.

It’s unclear whether the men have attorneys who could comment on their behalf.