By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
College basketball teams have begun their seasons around the country. However, on Tuesday night, the sport received a black eye.
Fitchburg State player Kewan Platt decided to retaliate against Nicholls after he did not get a call on one end of the court. He decided to viciously hit the Nicholls shooter on a three-point attempt.
Platt decided to take out his anger from the no-call on shooter Nate Tenaglia. He made sure the official wasn’t looking, before he elbowed Tenaglia to the floor.
The aggressor was ejected. He was made from a call that did not happen with NIC leading 73-63 in the second half.
At first, he was not ejected for his actions. It wasn’t until a second referee saw the shot and kicked him out of the game.
“The Fitchburg State community is appalled by the conduct displayed during Tuesday night’s home basketball game,” the school said in a statement. “The player involved has been indefinitely suspended from the team and barred from campus, effective immediately. His behavior is antithetical to our community values and good sportsmanship. Fitchburg State does not tolerate behavior that violates those standards. The case is being reviewed at the student conduct level for consideration of further sanctions.
He was the team’s leading scorer at 21 points per game.
Platt has been removed from the Fitchburg Athletic website. He was a junior in class standing before the incident. He was studying criminal justice.
He had 16 points in the loss. The Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference has pulled Platt’s Player of the Week Award.
Tenaglia is a freshman, who stands 5-foot-9, 160 pounds. Platt is 6-foot-4, 190 pounds. After the vicious hit, Tenaglia was able to finish the game.
“I was proud of how our guys handled the situation,” Nichols College Bisons head coach Scott Faucher said. “They came together and focused on the next play.
“Nate actually made the two free throws and stayed in the game. He’s an extremely tough kid. He took the shot, rallied his teammates together and went right to the free throw line.”