Lubbock, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Texas Tech has dismissed freshman cornerback Nigel Bethel II after he punched a member of the women’s basketball team during an on-campus basketball game Saturday.
“Texas Tech Athletics has a zero tolerance policy on this type of behavior,” the school announced in a statement.
Bethel was dismissed after he punched Texas Tech women’s basketball player Amber Battle in the face during a pickup basketball game.
Battle is expected to have surgery after sustaining a broken bone from the hit. Battle was the Red Raiders’ leading scorer with 16.4 points per game last season, and also led the team in rebounds and assists to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors.
Bethel was Texas Tech’s highest-rated recruit in its incoming freshman class. He was expected to participate in both football and track at Texas Tech.