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Women’s hoops star punched by dismissed Red Raider signee suspended for a month

Odyssey Sims, Nina Davis, Niya Johnson, Amber Battle AP

The next sordid chapter in the soap opera that’s been playing out in Lubbock over the past several days has officially been written.

Texas Tech announced Friday that women’s basketball star Amber Battle has been suspended for the entire month of November for her role in a fight with 2014 Red Raiders football signee Nigel Bethel II. Battle, who led the Lady Red Raiders in scoring, rebounds and assists last season, acknowledged that she made the first initial physical contact with Bethel during a pickup basketball game last weekend at the on-campus student rec center.

Bethel allegedly responded by hitting Battle in the face and was subsequently dismissed by the football program.

Here’s Battle’s statement of contrition sent out by Tech:

“During a pickup basketball game on June 28, I was involved in an incident with Texas Tech football player Nigel Bethel. I initiated the first contact and I take full responsibility for my actions. I want to take this time to apologize to Nigel, the Texas Tech community, my teammates, coaches and fans.

“Nothing I can say can truly repair the harm I have already caused. I did not represent the Double T like I am supposed to and I promise to hold myself to a higher standard from here on.”

Bethel, a four-star member of Tech’s 2014 recruiting who was expected to make an immediate contribution, could face felony charges over the incident, which remains under investigation.  In its release announcing Battle’s punishment for her role, the school stated that “Texas Tech Athletics does not tolerate violence against women.”

Based on last season’s schedule — I have been unable to find a 2014-15 Red Raiders women’s hoops slate — Battle will miss somewhere in the neighborhood of five games because of the month-long suspension.

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15 Responses to “Women’s hoops star punched by dismissed Red Raider signee suspended for a month”
  1. anc713 says: Jul 5, 2014 2:50 PM

    “Texas Tech Athletics does not tolerate violence against women.” Wouldn’t it look better reading, “Texas Tech Athletics does not tolerate violence against anyone”? Guess you have to love the double standards in this country.

  2. mrlaloosh says: Jul 5, 2014 3:09 PM

    Texas Tech makes me laugh.

  3. musketmaniac says: Jul 5, 2014 3:56 PM

    lol, but she gets to continue her education. that’s kinda fu..ed up

  4. musketmaniac says: Jul 5, 2014 4:00 PM

    men should not hit women, however men should not have to cower when being attacked by one. he did the right thing. and he now he gets to sue people. I think I love America for all the wrong reasons.

  5. jimmy53 says: Jul 5, 2014 4:23 PM

    who raised you people? She should be punished for making contact with him, and the correct action for him would not to have responded at all.

    YOU DON’T HIT WOMEN—any half decent parent should have taught you that.

    Also note–it doesn’t say what type of contact she made–you posters are assuming that it was worthy of a retaliation such as punching her in the face.

    And the poster who says he shouldn’t cower and “did the right thing”—you sir, are a moron.

  6. briguy5 says: Jul 5, 2014 4:36 PM

    Women in this country want to be treated equally – except when they attack men. Then it’s the man’s fault no matter what.

  7. musketmaniac says: Jul 5, 2014 4:50 PM

    Jimmy you sucked on your mothers t..ty a little too long. I witnessed a 17 year old 96 lb girl. Take a man twice her size, nose off of his face because he wouldn’t defend himself. Little Jimmy is a Naive of the world. You think hitting a woman is disrespectful, I say the only disrespect is under estimating what a woman can do. You should respect females a little more Jimmy they’ve earned it. when you grow up Jimmy you will see the world for what it is, until then stay close to your mother’s hip.

  8. stoicpaisano says: Jul 5, 2014 5:02 PM

    Battle is heavier and taller and older and threw hands first. There have to be exceptions to the don’t hit women rule…the leading scorer on a D-1 basketball team is a decent place to start.

    Women always fight for equal rights but still want to be covered with the double standard that keeps men from fighting back even when the female initiates contact.

    Both are scumbags but Bethel got shafted.

  9. dmvtransplant says: Jul 5, 2014 5:02 PM

    It’s clearly a double standard she’ll be allowed to graduate college and face no charge while he goes to jail and loses his future.

    Last year when two women started a fist fight outside the Jets stadium with a guy, the police charged everyone to prove women aren’t allowed to start fights and get away & the franchised banned them all for life.

  10. dbatrox21 says: Jul 5, 2014 8:51 PM

    Texas Tech really has it going on, don’t they? Fans in the stand causing problems….and now men and women athletes getting into it. Sounds like a place I’d want my kids to attend…..geeze.

  11. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 5, 2014 8:58 PM

    I think since they were both involved in the incident they should face the same punishment and since she was the instigator she should face the heavier punishment. However, she’s the best player on the team and because of that she gets preferential treatment. I think it’s ridiculous that he hit her…that’s totally unacceptable but what in her right mind was she thinking to hit him first. That’s just stupid and they both should be facing assault and battery charges. Title IX wants equality for women so I think they should have equality in everything, including this.

  12. wilddesi666 says: Jul 6, 2014 12:34 AM

    Women want to be treated as “equals”
    But then get their panties in a bundle after
    Assaulting a guy and then getting hit back

    Let that be a lesson to stupid entitled
    Women who think they could hit a guy
    And not expect any response back

  13. abninf says: Jul 6, 2014 9:30 AM

    This is what happens when liberals infect the education system like the plague.

  14. friarjack61 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:19 AM

    A girl/woman hits a guy, the guy walks away.

  15. musketmaniac says: Jul 7, 2014 12:43 PM

    since when did friars have ethics, must be from some strange religious denomination. obviously not a Catholic or Protestant. remember, It was the church that came up with the rule of thumb.

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