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Fitchburg State basketball player suspended after dirty hit on Nichols College opponent

Lucy Burdge
November 14, 2018 - 4:57 pm

A Fitchburg State basketball player has been suspended after knocking an opposing Nichols College player to the ground with a nasty elbow shot.

Kewan Platt, who was recently honored as MESCAC men’s basketball player of the week, dropped Nate Tenaglia after checking to see if the referee was paying attention.

He was immediately ejected.

Fitchburg State released a statement on the incident, saying Platt has been suspended from the team and is not allowed on campus:

“The Fitchburg State community is appalled by the conduct displayed during Tuesday night’s home basketball game. 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.”

Nichols College athletic director Chris Colvin also released a statement:

“We were troubled by the unfortunate incident that occurred at Tuesday evening’s men’s basketball game at Fitchburg State University. The Nichols College student-athlete involved was able to complete the game, and we continue to monitor his health. We are proud of the way our student-athletes handled the incident and that they did not allow it to escalate. We are aware that the Fitchburg State administration is handling the matter.”

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