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Battle hit in face by Tech football recruit

Lady Raider Battle expected to have surgery

Posted: June 28, 2014 - 10:46pm  |  Updated: June 29, 2014 - 12:26am
Stephen Spillman / A-J Media, file
Texas Tech's Amber Battle shoots over West Virginia's Taylor Palmer during a game in January. Battle is expected to have surgery after she was hit in the face by an incoming Tech football player following an incident Saturday at Texas Tech’s recreation center.
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Lady Raider star Amber Battle is expected to have surgery after she was hit in the face by an incoming Tech football player following an incident Saturday at Texas Tech’s recreation center, the Avalanche-Journal has learned.

During a basketball game, freshman cornerback Nigel Bethel II reportedly punched Battle in the face, breaking a bone, the A-J has learned.

Blayne Beal, a Tech spokesman, confirmed there was an incident between two student athletes Saturday afternoon at the recreation center. Beal said campus officials are gathering information from both parties.

Tech women’s basketball coach Candi Whitaker said she was unable to comment Saturday evening.

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

From a Lubbock location Saturday evening, a Twitter account under the name Nigel Bethel II had a post that said, “Trouble always seems to find me ... ”

Tech spokesman Chris Cook said a police report was not complete as of Saturday evening as the investigation is still ongoing.

“(It) likely won’t be ready before Monday,” he said.

Battle was the Lady Raiders’ leading scorer last season, averaging 16.4 points per game. She also averaged a team-high 7.4 rebounds. She’s a 5 foot, 9 inch guard from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has one year of eligibility remaining.

Bethel is a 5-9 cornerback from Miami, Florida, Booker T. Washington High School. He signed with Tech in February and is one of the team’s more highly regarded freshmen.

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Correction: WAS one of the team's more highly regarded freshmen.

Send the boy home. If he can't control his temper in a pick-up basketball game against a girl, he has no place here.

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Character building

Character building. Wasn't that what they told us sports does, build character? Maybe young feller didn't get enough sports in high school.

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Interesting

Was this an "accident" or "assault"?

Spin masters already working on it.

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send him home

It was no accident. I'll be very disappointed if Coach K does not immediately revoke this boy's scholarship and put him on the next bus home. My question is, Why did Tech recruit him in the first place? Surely there were warnings. He himself admitted it. This makes the Tech coaching staff look very bad.

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HotRodTrucks & Ulyssesttu

I agree completely. The young man has plenty of work to do and it has nothing to do with football.

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Football

I enjoy watching college football, but I don't kid myself about what it's really like. It is a sleazy business involving payoffs, perversion of academic integrity, cheating, misuse of medications, and bringing athletically talented hoodlums to college campuses and coddling them. Some programs are total thug-aramas while others have fewer cases. I like to think TTU is one of the latter or at least that Kliff is trying to make it one of the latter. I do wish the hypocrites in the NCAA and offices of athletic directors would stop bleating about "student athletes" in football. That is just a little hard to stomach. They know what is going on. As to this case, and assuming it was intentional as reported, striking a woman like this is inexcusable and should be treated as such, deserving both criminal punishment and dismissal from the university. However the way to bet is a "suspension" for his redshirt year or a laundering through a junior college, followed by a return to the applause of most fans in 2015.

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why are we

Surprised!!

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Hasn't even taken a class yet

and he's done more to affect TTU athletics than anyone else in town. Geez, best BB player taken out by hostile young freshman with weak self control and poor attitude towards the opposite sex.

Yes he should not stay at TTU.

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Your face + my fist = accident

Story says "hit" and "punched." Presumably unless they were acquainted off court and something carried over on to it, this was a escalation of trash talk.

Normally I don't follow basketball, but I did the story when Battle decided to come to TTU instead of UNM. Been a fan of hers since. Better it happened during the summer one supposes.

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Incident ?????

Call it what it is. I hope she has filed charges and Tech needs to send him back to Florida.

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My initial reaction was the

My initial reaction was the same as everyone else. Then I started reading about these incidents on a local sports site.

I am just saying to give the young man a break until we know the facts as they happened and not what "reportedly" happened.

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I can see why Miami wanted

I can see why Miami wanted him. He would have fit right in.

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Whatever the facts might be,

TTU has once again gained national attention.

I remember when basketball was a non-contact sport.

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Swift justice

Kudos to Coach K and the TTU athletic dept. Their quick decision sends a strong message to all Tech athletes and to the larger athletic community that the TTU athletic program does not tolerate this kind of behavior.

Best wishes to Ms. Battle for a swift recovery!

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jeffross and billywayne

Where have you been? Since when has BB been a non-contact sport? But apparently this isn't a simple case of just making contact on the court. This looks like an assault, which doesn't belong in any sport. And as far as giving the kid a break, well, I don't think Tech would have thrown him off the team for something accidental.

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Well said

Ulyssesttu!

It appears on the surface at any rate, the correct decision was made.

Now, he should be responsible for 100% of all medical costs Ms Amber and Lubbock County taxpayers are facing due to his inability to man-up and do the right thing.

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I quit watching most basketball before

it morphed from a non-contact to a contact sport. Now, it includes fan, player contact. Violence is the 'Merican Way, in sports and out of it.

An elbow can do as much or more damage than a fist, but intent is harder to prove.

Yes, more blood and broken bones please.

When do female college athletes get combat pay for a pickup basketball game with male football players?

No gender intimidation there. "She should have known she was meant to lose."

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It's her fault.

She should have known better than to play with boys. Boys will be boys.

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Jeff Ross

Are you seriously putting the blame on her. Seriously your out of your mind

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I cannot speak for Jeff

But think I know this about him: he is not condoning the jerk's actions in any way. I think Jeff was serving his tongue in cheek view of the minority of males...

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got schooled

Went for a shot/rebound and was "schooled" by a girl. She disrespected him in front of his other "homies" and took a cheap shot for it. Bye Lubbock, hello Miami and the Dade County Lockup in short time.

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@wscott

When I posted I had not realized that the AJ had done an update on their story. Their initial story still had it under investigation and he was still on the team.

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Funny thing about this story

was at a meeting this morning when I heard yada, yada , hotrodtrucks speaking about this thread.

I heard the man call HRT a coward and said "trust me, if I ever find out WHO he is, he has a personal a-kicking coming for comments he has made 'about the man'".

Considering this fellow is 6'4", 220#, I sure wouldn't want him ticked at me.

But it does give insight about what someone believes is confidential.

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