A Division III basketball player is now suspended indefinitely and banned from campus after hitting an opposing player with a vicious elbow during a game on Tuesday night.
Late in a loss to Nichols College, Fitchburg State’s Kewan Platt approached Nate Tenaglia and hit him in the face with a right elbow after Tenaglia shot a 3-pointer. In the video posted on social media, Tenaglia, who made the shot, falls to the ground after being struck.
Video distributed on social media makes it appear play continued without any repercussions. However, according to those in attendance, Platt was ejected; he had picked up a technical foul earlier in the game between the Massachusetts schools.
“The Fitchburg State community is appalled by the conduct displayed during Tuesday night’s home basketball game,” Fitchburg State athletic director Matthew Burke said in a statement. “The player involved has been indefinitely suspended from the team and barred from campus, effective immediately.
“His behavior is antithetical to our community values and good sportsmanship. Fitchburg State does not tolerate behavior that violates those standards. The case is being reviewed at the student conduct level for consideration of further sanctions.”