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Cleared by grand jury, Nigel Bethel’s attorney calls for Red Raider reinstatement


Nigel Bethel may have lost his spot on the Texas Tech football team, but he won’t lose his freedom as well.

According to his attorney, Tray Payne, Bethel “has been cleared by a Lubbock County grand jury” in connection to the incident earlier this offseason that left him potentially facing felony charges. ¬†Instead, Bethel won’t be charged at all.

Not only that, but the attorney wrote on Twitter that he had “been provided a letter from the Lubbock County Grand Jury to [Tech athletic director] Kirby Hocutt expressing their desire that @_NigelBethel be re-instated [sic].”

It’s highly, highly doubtful Hocutt will even briefly consider reinstating the player to the Red Raiders football team. In a statement announcing the one-month suspension for the female hoops star, Amber Battle, Hocutt was quoted as stating “Texas Tech Athletics does not tolerate violence against women.”

During a pickup basketball game earlier this offseason, Bethel punched Battle in the face during the course of what started as a verbal altercation. Bethel was subsequently and summarily dismissed from the team. Battle later acknowledged that she made the initial physical contact, which triggered her suspension.

(Tip O’ the Cap: Dallas Morning News)

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3 Responses to “Cleared by grand jury, Nigel Bethel’s attorney calls for Red Raider reinstatement”
  1. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 16, 2014 11:51 AM

    I wonder why the grand jury decided not to pursue charges. I’m not a big fan of violence against women but this seems a bit strange to me. Does that mean female athletes can do whatever they want at TTU and if they do something they face a different set of rules than the male athletes. If she was the instigator and was only suspended for a month while he was kicked out of school that seems to be an unbalanced application of discipline.

    Don’t misconstrue my comments. I find it completely unacceptable for a man to hit a woman. I think he’s a dirtbag for doing it. However, if she started it and only receives a slap on the wrist while he loses his scholarship that seems to be inequal.

    Personally, I don’t think he should be allowed back at TTU. I’d be happy if TTU changed their policy to read something like “Texas Tech Athletics does not tolerate violence against anyone.”

    He would have been smart if he had just walked away but then I have a problem with her starting it in the first place. Why would she do that in the first place. Maybe she expected he wouldn’t hit her back which bothers me. She shouldn’t be striking anyone, especially a guy.

    Let’s look at it this way…there’s no way I’d hit one of their linemen. I may be dumb but I’m not that stupid. While I may suspect he won’t punch me back because if he did I’d probably wake up next month, I’m not going to take that chance…no way. So why did she punch that dude since there was even a possibility he would hit her back. I think there’s plenty of blame to go around but since she’s a star player she’ll get preferential treatment.

    Just more bad publicity for TTU all the way around.

  2. ancientcougar says: Jul 16, 2014 12:02 PM

    You would think she would have ducked.

  3. canetic says: Jul 16, 2014 12:13 PM

    Now that he has been “cleared” every D1 program will be lining up to give him a scholarship (except TT).

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