Texas Tech recruit dismissed for allegedly punching women’s basketball star

A football recruit has been dismissed from the Texas Tech team after he allegedly punched one of the women’s basketball stars during a pickup basketball game over the weekend.

Nigel Bethel II, an incoming freshman cornerback from Miami, struck Amber Battle Saturday, breaking a bone in her face during the game in the student recreation center. Battle, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, was expected to undergo surgery. Battle was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder last season.

Texas Tech has “a zero-tolerance policy on this type of behavior,” the school said in a statement Sunday. On Sunday, Battle tweeted: “Pray for me y’all.”

Bethel was the team’s highest-rated recruit and was expected to participate in track as well as football.

Police are investigating the incident.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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