As if on cue, Texas Tech has seemingly released a video response to the calls for a 2014 signee’s reinstatement.
Earlier today we noted that Nigel Bethel, the freshman Texas Tech football player facing potential felony charges after punching a Red Raider women’s basketball star in the face during a pickup basketball game, had been cleared by a grand jury, with his attorney intimating he would be seeking his client’s reinstatement. Bethel had been dismissed by Tech after the incident involving Amber Battle.
Just a short time later, the university released surveillance video of the physical altercation between the two student-athletes. In the video, which is a mere 24 seconds in length, it shows Battle going up for a shot when she appears to be fouled by Bethel. A pole somewhat obscures the initial aftermath — Battle acknowledged that she made the first physical contact — but the video clearly shows Bethel throwing a quick jab that slams into Battle’s face.
Battle is staggered and quickly sits down on a bench while a couple of individuals rush in to restrain Bethel.
Below is the video released to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:
I’m neither an athletic director nor did I sleep at a Holiday Inn Express, but I don’t think that bolsters Bethel’s reinstatement case. At all.
That said, the Avalanche-Journal wrote that “[a]t last report he went home to Miami and was making arrangements to enroll with another school.” Just where that other school is remains unknown.
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