What the Rockets fan who punched NBA coach said in court

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Rockets fan accused of punching a New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach faced a judge Friday and asked for more time finding a lawyer.

Manuel Garcia is out on bond for the charges. ABC13 caught up with Garcia as he left court, although Garcia did not answer questions about why he threw the punch.

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Brittney Alpin was arrested that same night and is accused of interfering with Garcia's arrest. In court, her attorney pointed to the video evidence showing she wasn't involved.

During a phone call with ABC13, she said she's glad the charges were dismissed and hopes to move on.

Garcia isn't moving on anytime soon. The judge set a new court date for December. The Rockets say Garcia is still banned from all future games.

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