Texas Tech dismisses cornerback after he punches female in the face


A punch thrown to the face of a female basketball player has ended cornerback Nigel Bethel’s time at Texas Tech before it even began.

The freshman was the highest rated incoming player for the Red Raiders.

Bethel punched a female basketball player Amber Battle in the face during a pickup game on Saturday.

“Nigel Bethel II, a Texas Tech football student-­‐athlete, has been dismissed from the team due to his role in an incident at the Texas Tech Student Recreation Center on Saturday, June 28. Texas Tech Athletics has a zero tolerance policy on this type of behavior,” assistant athletic director Blayne Beal said in a statement.

Battle will need surgery according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:

Lady Raider star Amber Battle is expected to have surgery after she was hit in the face by Bethel at Texas Tech’s recreation center, the Avalanche-Journal has learned.

No word what led Bethel to punching Battle though it is worth mentioning that Battle led the Lady Raiders with 16.4 points per game and had a team high 7.4 rebounds. At 5-foot-9 she is the same height as Bethel.

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