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Bethel II kicked out of Texas Tech after punching women’s basketball player Amber Battle

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: June 29th, 2014 at 2:40 pm EST

Texas Tech’s Athletic Department has dismissed incoming freshman cornerback Nigel Bethel II.

He was reportedly in an incident during an on-campus basketball game yesterday. At the pickup game, he punched Red Raiders women’s basketball player Amber Battle.

Nigel Bethel II (Photo from his social media account)

Nigel Bethel II (Photo from his social media account)

“Texas Tech Athletics has a zero tolerance policy on this type of behavior,” the school said in a statement.

The punch caused a broken bone in Battle’s face. She is expected to require surgery on her face to repair the bone.

This past season, she averaged 16.4 points. She was the team’s leading scorer, and also led the team in rebounds and assists.

In February, Bethel was a part of Texas Tech’s highest-rated recruiting class in school history. He was an ESPN 300 prospect, and now will have to compete elsewhere.

He will have a hard time finding a school, as this incident will follow him for the rest of his playing career. He was supposed to compete in football and track & field at Texas Tech.

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