Texas Tech CB dismissed after allegedly punching women's basketball player

Written By Bill Bender
(AP Photo)

Texas Tech women's basketball star Amber Battle is expected to have surgery after allegedly being hit in the face Saturday by an incoming Red Raiders football player, according to the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal

Freshman cornerback Nigel Bethel II reportedly punched Battle in the face and broke a bone. Texas Tech has dismissed the defensive back from the team.

Texas Tech spokesman Blayne Beal confirmed there was an incident and officials are gathering information from both parties. Beal says Bethel was let go for "his role in an incident at the Texas Tech Student Recreation Center" on Saturday. No further details were provided by the school, but Sunday's statement from Beal says the athletic department "has a zero tolerance policy on this type of behavior."

Texas Tech campus police say no narrative would be provided until Monday.

The Avalanche-Journal reported, "Following the incident, Battle posted to Twitter, "Pray for me y’all.” She later posted, “Thank y’all for the calls, texts and visits.”

Bethel ranked 43rd on Rivals' Top 50 prospects in the 2014 classes of Florida's high schools. The 5-foot-8, 168-pound Bethel was a star corner at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami.

Battle led the Red Raiders with 16.4 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game last season.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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