Division III basketball player takes flagrant shot at opponent's head


Fitchburg State University basketball player Kewan Platt made sports headlines after his dirty play at the end of their loss to Nichols College. The junior guard was escorted off the floor as Tenaglia collected himself and referees briefed both coaches on what happened.

Initial rumblings on social media indicated that Platt was not called for a foul, but ESPN's Myron Medcalf reports that several people in attendance say Platt was ejected after picking up a technical foul earlier in the game. The player involved has been indefinitely suspended from the team and barred from campus, effective immediately.

But the award has been vacated after he was suspended and barred from campus.

The incident occurred just after Tenaglia drilled a corner 3-pointer with less than three minutes to go in his team's 84-75 victory.

Nichols College's Athletic Director Chris Colvin also addressed the situation, saying officials were "troubled by the unfortunate incident" and continued monitoring Tenaglia's health after medical tests found that he did not suffer a concussion. "We are appalled by the actions of the student-athlete".

The victim from Nichols was a freshman guard named Nate Tenaglia. He put up 48 points and 25 rebounds in Fitchburg State's first two games of the season.

"The best we can gather was that it was frustration", Divito said about Platt's elbow.

Friends say Tenaglia is taking the incident in stride. After is follow through, about a second later as he was watching his shot, Platt rushes the shooter and throws a hard right elbow to Tenaglia's face, knocking him to the ground. "His behavior is antithetical to our community values and good sportsmanship".