Texas Tech player Nigel Bethel re-instated after assault charges dropped
Felony assault charges against Texas Tech freshman defensive back Nigel Bethel II were dropped after local authorities decided there was not enough probable cause to pursue the case, reports ESPN.com's Max Olson.
Bethel and women's basketball player Amber Battle got in a fight during a pickup basketball game on Tech's campus last month.
"This is not what it was made out to be," Lubbock attorney Tray Payne said. "He's a good kid with no criminal history, and this was out of character. The right decision, in our mind, would be for Tech to reinstate him and we go on down the road and he has a great career as a Red Raider."
Payne said the incident started after Bethel blocked Battle's shot during the game.
Battle, who was Tech's leading scorer last season, was suspended from competition for the month of November for her role in the incident. She apologized to Bethel and the school after admitting she initiated the first contact with Bethel.
Bethel was reinstated after initially being dismissed from the team. As part of his reinstatement, he will miss the first three games of the season.
Bethel apologized in a statement:
"I am thankful for the opportunity to come back to Texas Tech. I take full responsibility for my actions and I would like to let everyone know that this won't happen again. It's not who I am and I am sorry for the embarrassment this has caused. I want to thank Amber Battle for accepting my apology and for coming forward to say that I deserved a second chance. I would like to thank everyone at Texas Tech, including the coaches, for believing in me and giving me a second chance to show my ability and to receive an education from Texas Tech."
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