Grand Jury Clears Nigel Bethel II For Punching Female

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech guard Amber Battle has been suspended for a month for her involvement in a fight with a football player at the university’s recreation center.

The school says the senior is “suspended from competition for the entire month of November.” Battle also says in Friday’s statement that she “initiated first contact” in the fight with freshman defensive back Nigel Bethel II during a pickup basketball game last weekend.

Bethel then responded and, according to a police report, caused serious bodily injury with “hands, fists, feet, etc.” He has been dismissed from the team.

Battle apologized to Bethel, the school, coaches and her teammates for her actions.

Battle led the Lady Raiders last season with 16.4 points per game.

UPDATE

Bethel has been cleared by a grand jury according to ESPN.com.

Former Texas Tech cornerback Nigel Bethel II will not face assault charges for hitting a Red Raiders women’s basketball player, according to his attorney.

Lubbock attorney Tray Payne told ESPN.com that the charges against Bethel were dropped after a grand jury found there was no evidence to substantiate assault nor probable cause to pursue charges.

“This is not what it was made out to be,” Payne said. “He’s a good kid with no criminal history, and this was out of character.”

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