Nigel Bethel II was dismissed from Texas Tech last month after an incident with Red Raiders women’s basketball player Amber Battle. Today, video of the incident was released showing what happened. You can see Battle grab a rebound and get fouled by Bethel. She appears to shove Battle who reciprocates with a punch that broke a bone in her face. Somehow, this video wasn’t enough for a grand jury. Via ESPN:
Lubbock attorney Tray Payne told ESPN.com that the charges against Bethel were dropped after a grand jury found there was no evidence to substantiate assault nor probable cause to pursue charges.
“This is not what it was made out to be,” Payne said. “He’s a good kid with no criminal history, and this was out of character.”
“We believe he was unduly and prematurely punished. This was an unfortunate incident in a pick-up basketball game. This is a matter that should not result in criminal charges for either party.
“Any assault does deserve immediate action, however, please ensure all testimonies, evidence and circumstances are reviewed prior to taking action which may forever alter a person’s future.
“We desire to see Mr. Bethel’s scholarship re-instated. If he is re-instated, it is our belief that his consequences should not be greater than those of Ms. Battle. If he is not re-instated, a public exoneration of his character on the part of Texas Tech University should be forthcoming, since Mr. Bethel’s future opportunities for an education as well as an athletic career have been jeopardized.”
Battle has been suspended by the university for the month of November after she admitted she “initiated the first contact.”
I could go on and on about how a man should never hit a woman, but I guess that doesn’t matter in this case.
Bryce Alford, the ULCA Bruins guard, casually drop-kicked a ball the length of a basketball court and into the opposite hoop. I don’t know how many takes it took to get this footage. What I do know is that Alford did a hell of a job acting casual after sinking the improbable shot.
You can definitely tell he’s the son of a coach.
Marshall Henderson, the outspoken and often flamboyant guard from Ole Miss, joined the ranks of Case McCoy, Derrick Ward, and Don Jones in the ranks of athletes who have spoken out against Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on ESPN.
This obviously sent the social media world into a frenzy, and Henderson now retracted his statement:
A lot of backlash followed, which led to Henderson calling out those who chastised him for his opinion:
He then followed up with this last tweet:
This past season, Henderson averaged 19 points as a senior but shot a meager 35.3 percent from the field. Between that inefficiency as a scorer, a checkered past and Monday’s strange saga directed at Sam and ESPN, there’s little chance any NBA team would take a chance on Henderson in the future.
Three Oregon basketball players are not participating in team activities following the release a police report that alleges the three men sexually assaulted a woman at a party and then an apartment this past March. Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin are all named in the disturbing police report that has extremely graphic details. Its so bad that the police officer who took the statement from the woman opens the report by saying she “almost started crying” learning the details.
According to the Oregonian, the case will not be prosecuted due to insufficient evidence. However, the district attorney’s office did offer up the following:
“While there is no doubt the incidents occurred, the conflicting statements and actions by the victim make this case unprovable as a criminal case.”
Dotson and Artis, sophomore guards, averaged 9.4 ppg and 4.1 ppg, respectively. Austin is a highly-touted recruit who transferred from Providence and was expected to contribute significantly to the Ducks next season.
[via Oregon Live]
Michigan forward Mitch McGary was considering a return to the Wolverines after an injury-plagued sophomore season, but a looming one-year suspension from the NCAA after testing positive for marijuana will lead him to the 2014 NBA draft instead.
“Being a part of a program that values integrity, it is important to let everyone know of a poor decision I recently made,” McGary said in a statement released by the school Friday. “I tested positive for marijuana during the NCAA tournament. We were notified of that result after the Final Four.”
“I regret thoroughly disappointing my family, coaches and administration,” the statement read. “Despite all of this they have been understanding and helpful over the last couple of weeks. I take full responsibility for this poor choice and want to apologize to everyone, especially those I have grown close to during my fabulous two years at the University of Michigan.”
The 6-foot-10 McGary played in only eight games in 2013-14 before a back injury ended his season in mid-December.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports spoke with the potential first-round pick, who admitted using marijuana while hanging out with a group of friends ahead of the 2014 NCAA tournament. He was then tested—despite not playing for Michigan in the Big Dance due to injury—and informed of the failed test.
The report notes the NCAA rule in place at the time of the failed test was an automatic one-year ban from competition. If it had been a test from the school, McGary would have only been suspended for three games next season.
Man thats some tough luck…
[via ESPN, Yahoo Sports]