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Video: Texas Tech releases clip of ‘Pickup Hoops Game Gone Wild’

Nigel Bethel

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.

(Photo credit: Rivals.com)

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23 Responses to “Video: Texas Tech releases clip of ‘Pickup Hoops Game Gone Wild’”
  1. atxcane says: Jul 16, 2014 1:12 PM

    After watching the video, I’m surprised they pulled his scholarship at all. I’m guessing maybe they didn’t have the footage when they made the decision.

    She initiated contact hitting him in the face, he responded with a single jab. That was it. He didn’t pursue her, didn’t attack her, didn’t clock her unexpectedly.

  2. raiderufan says: Jul 16, 2014 1:22 PM

    I don’t see how on earth he would be facing a felony charge?

    He’s a coward…a moron….you name it…weak…

    But a felon? She very clearly punched him first after a routine play.

  3. jkulha86 says: Jul 16, 2014 1:23 PM

    A grown man shouldn’t hit a woman… it’s as simple as that. He could’ve easily just walked away after she hit him.

  4. meane56 says: Jul 16, 2014 1:31 PM

    A grown woman shouldn’t hit a man… it’s also as simple as that! Why is she not kicked out of TT? Why did she not lose her scholarship?

  5. atxcane says: Jul 16, 2014 1:32 PM

    By that token, a grown woman shouldn’t hit someone in the face either…it’s as simple as that. She could’ve easily just walked away after the foul.

    Look, it doesn’t matter what you’ve got hanging between your legs. If you physically attack someone (especially in the face), you’re asking for a response.

  6. uknowimright1 says: Jul 16, 2014 2:02 PM

    She deserves the SAME TREATMENT…equality across the board, NO exceptions!

  7. mikefoxtrottango says: Jul 16, 2014 2:07 PM

    Can’t believe that’s a chick.

  8. jimmy53 says: Jul 16, 2014 2:30 PM

    you. shouldn’t. hit. a. woman.

    If she hits you–you back away. That’s not a hard concept. All of these posters on here saying he has the right to defend himself–he can defend himself by backing away and avoiding conflict.

    you. shouldn’t. hit. a. woman.

  9. gatorcheme says: Jul 16, 2014 2:40 PM

    After seeing the video, I agree with the decision not to press felony charges. Tempers got a little out of control.

    It’s clear from the video that Amber is reacting to Nigel crowding her under the basket. She pushed him to create space. She might have even said something. I can’t tell from the video. Her reaction is obviously a knee-jerk.

    Nigel, however, had a moment to think about his response. He faces her down for a split second, there is maybe a short (heated?) conversation between him and Amber. (can’t tell) He THEN makes the choice to clock her. The reaction in the gym is equally telling. (Though I’m a little disappointed that no one initially went to check on Amber)

    Should TT take Nigel back? Meh, maybe. It would depend if this is an isolated incident or if Nigel has a rep for being abusive.

    As for the ass-hats in this blog, who believe Amber got what she deserved. Nigel was never at risk of any sort of injury from Amber. The decision to walk away was his to make. He chose thuggery, instead. Amber’s gender or what she did up to that point has no relevance.

  10. psly2124 says: Jul 16, 2014 2:42 PM

    These lesbo’s act and think they are men until they get hit by a man then They are a defenseless women.

  11. jimmy53 says: Jul 16, 2014 3:18 PM

    psly2124:

    I hope you’re just on here trolling folks, because between this and your other “wards of the state” comment it appears you need some serious lessons on respect and the rights of your fellow man.

  12. ancientcougar says: Jul 16, 2014 3:20 PM

    He must of thought she was his younger sister.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 16, 2014 3:21 PM

    There’s ole @psly2124 showing his “true colors” again.

  14. jimmy53 says: Jul 16, 2014 3:29 PM

    I always find it interesting that some (NOT ALL) of the people who stand up and scream “if someone attacks me–then I attack them,” are Christians.

    Have they forgotten turn the other cheek? Or do Christians now pick and choose which lessons they follow and pay attention to?

    He shouldn’t have hit her—plain and simple. He should have walked away. We have all been raised with different ideals and values, and many (me included) were raised to believe that it is improper to strike a woman–no matter the cause. It takes less energy to walk away than it does to strike back. If you can’t swallow your pride in that moment, then you might have issues with ego and self-control.

    What would he have lost by walking away?–nothing. In fact, he’d still be in school–so it’s pretty easy to see which would have been the smarter path.

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 16, 2014 3:35 PM

    @gatorcheme

    So essentially you’re saying that her reaction of striking him in what looks like the head/face was knee jerk, but his action was cold and calculating? She got “crowded” and that was her reaction, while he got struck in the face.

    I’m not saying “she got what she deserved” but I am saying that her actions deserve the same level discipline. If he had explain his actions before a judge than she should have too.

    You can’t just punch people in the face because they are “crowding” you in a basketball game.

    His reaction is deplorable… but so was hers.

  16. gatorcheme says: Jul 16, 2014 4:05 PM

    @8to80texansblog

    No argument that she should not have done what she did. She bears equal responsibility for her own actions. But that’s where it ends. BTW. My 10-year old niece puts more energy into her ball playing than Amber did with Nigel. If that was a punch, it was half-hearted.

    My opinion is that it was rough playing up to the point of his punch. He was in the position to end the confrontation more or less peacefully. He instead chose to escalate.

  17. touchdown83 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:59 PM

    gator –

    it was rough play up until the point she punched him in the face first. right after the basket, she turns around and clocks him.

  18. scoochpooch says: Jul 16, 2014 5:32 PM

    Yup, she got what she deserved.
    No harm, no foul. Ball in.

  19. psly2124 says: Jul 16, 2014 6:16 PM

    Just a little TNB on the basketball court

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 16, 2014 8:53 PM

    Just so every one here knows… when @psly2124 says “TNB” he means Typical N****r Behavior.

    Stop hiding behind an acronym and let every one know who you really are.

    Your racist comments are inappropriate and disgusting. I am going to call you out every time I see it.

  21. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 16, 2014 10:06 PM

    After seeing this video, he had several seconds to think about it before he hit her. I can find no rationale for that behavior ever to be acceptable. That being said, she should not be going around hitting people. Maybe that’s OK in his family to hit a woman but in civilized society that’s generally frowned upon. He’s lucky one of those other dudes didn’t clock him. This doesn’t reflect well on either of those two.

  22. bino82 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:40 AM

    No man should hit a woman but I can see why he punched her. Let’s not overreact like he pounded her face in. It was a jab like he was letting her know who she just put hands on. If he would’ve hit her more then he would’ve been out of line. They were both wrong, equally.

  23. pricecube says: Jul 19, 2014 12:17 PM

    Both individuals show poor impulse control. Both should receive equal punishment. Both will probably be in trouble again in the future.

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