Kewan Platt, who attends Fitchburg State University in MA, could face assault charges after landing a running elbow to an opponent this week.
The Fitchburg State junior guard apologized Wednesday via Instagram for the brutal cheap shot he inflicted on Nichols College's Nate Tenaglia the previous night during their D-III game. Tenaglia is then seen writhing in pain, video shows. In the video posted on social media, Tenaglia, who made the shot, falls to the ground after being struck. Tenaglia didn't appear to touch Platt, who turned to the referee as if asking for a foul.
The incident occurred during Tuesday's game played in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, that ended in an 84-75 win for Nichols.
Late Tuesday night, Fitchburg State officials kicked Platt off the team and barred him from all school activities. "The incident is being reviewed at the student conduct level for consideration of further sanctions". We are appalled by the actions of the student-athlete. "On behalf of the MASCAC and Fitchburg State, we have apologized to the Nichols College student-athlete, the team and institution".
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Fitchburg State Director of Public Relations Matthew Bruun said in a statement that the university is disgusted by the display of violence and that Platt could face additional punishment. Platt finished the night with a team-high 16 points while Tenaglia had 11.
Platt was recently honored with the Conference Player of the Week Award. After Tenaglia launches a three-point shot, Platt continues charging and delivers a sucker punch right to the face.
His behaviour is antithetical to our community values and good sportsmanship.