Texas Tech basketball player Amber Battle will be suspended for the month of November for her involvement in an incident last weekend at the Tech Student Recreation Center.
Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt and women’s basketball coach Candi Whitaker announced the disciplinary action Friday in a news release.
Battle said she was playing a game of pickup basketball with Tech incoming freshman cornerback Nigel Bethel II on June 28, when the two were involved in an incident.
“I initiated the first contact and I take full responsibility for my actions. I want to take this time to apologize to Nigel, the Texas Tech community, my teammates, coaches and fans,” Battle said in the news release. “Nothing I can say can truly repair the harm I have already caused. I did not represent the Double T like I am supposed to and I promise to hold myself to a higher standard from here on.”
While Battle was suspended from competition during November, Tech announced last week that Bethel was dismissed from the football program for his involvement in the incident, stating in the release, “Texas Tech Athletics does not tolerate violence against women.”
The 5-foot-9, 173-pound Bethel is accused of punching Battle in the face — breaking a bone — during a pickup basketball game at the center.
“He had a chance to respond differently, but he chose to retaliate in a way that was completely unacceptable,” said Tech spokesman Blayne Beal.
The investigation into the alleged aggravated assault on Battle remains ongoing with no charges filed as of Thursday.
Officials at the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney’s Office said Thursday they had not received any files from the Texas Tech Police Department regarding the incident.
Aggravated assault is a second-degree felony, which carries a punishment that includes a prison sentence between two to 20 years.
Battle was the Lady Raiders’ leading scorer last season, averaging 16.4 points per game. Bethel is a cornerback from Miami, Florida’s Booker T. Washington High School, who chose Tech over offers from at least 19 programs.