Fitchburg State Basketball Player Barred From Campus For Vicious Elbow During Game

A basketball player from Fitchburg State University has been suspended from the team and barred from campus after he deliberately elbowed an opposing player during a game.

In a game Tuesday against another Massachusetts school, Nichols College, Fitchburg State's Kewan Platt hit Nate Tenaglia in the face with a right elbow after Tenaglia attempted a 3-pointer.

Video of the play went viral on social media, with ESPN's "SportsCenter" picking up the story:

ESPN reports that Platt was ejected from the game. Then, on Wednesday, the university said the school community is "appalled by [Platt's] conduct" and he "has been indefinitely suspended from the team and barred from campus, effective immediately."

The Boston Herald reports that Fitchburg State University police have begun an investigation into the incident.

On Thursday, Platt shared an apology on his private Instagram account, MassLive reports.

"I hereby want to apologize and show my deep regret upon my actions that occurred during the game against Nichols College the other night," he wrote, according to MassLive. "What I did is totally unacceptable and not justified in any way. I got frustrated and lost control over my behavior. I know these words cannot undo my wrongdoings. In the future I promise to make better choices."

A Nichols spokesman told ESPN that Tenaglia finished the game after the play and tests for a concussion were negative.

With reporting by WBUR's Ben Swasey

This article was originally published on November 15, 2018.


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