Just two days before the fateful Division III game, Platt, a criminal justice major, was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the first time ever for his performance in last week's games against Rhode Island College, which Fitchburg lost, and Lasell College, which it won.
U.S. college student Kewan Platt has been barred from his campus and suspended indefinitely from his basketball team after footage emerged of him taking an opponent out with a vicious elbow during a game between the Fitchburg State Falcons and Nichols College Bison. The junior guard was escorted off the floor as Tenaglia collected himself and referees briefed both coaches on what happened.
Insane thing about this is, Kewan Platt was just selected Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week.
Coach says he trusts Fitchburg to handle the situation. and they did - indefinitely suspending Platt from the basketball team and the university's campus.
"In addition, the case is under review by Fitchburg State for consideration of further sanctions", MASCAC officials tweeted.
Matthew Bruun, the university's director of public information, told ESPN that the Fitchburg State University police department is "fact-finding" and reviewing the incident from Tuesday night.
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Tenaglia was able to stay in the game. He has been barred from campus and his name has been totally scrubbed from the Fitchburg State athletics web site.
According to Nichols spokesman Pete Divito, Tenaglia had guarded Platt throughout the game, frustrating him with his defense.
"The best we can gather was that it was frustration", Divito said about Platt's elbow.
The incident took place in the final minutes of Tuesday's night's game between the Fitchburg Falcons and the Nichols Bisons in Masachussets. "There was no real setup to this". "We are appalled by the actions of the student-athlete".
A Fitchburg State basketball player has been suspended after knocking an opposing Nichols College player to the ground with a nasty elbow shot. His behaviour goes against the MASCAC's mission which includes good sportsmanship.