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Fitchburg State Hoop Player Posts Up an Apology

November 17, 2018

From Kewan Platt's Facebook page before it was taken down. Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Kathleen McKiernan

Boston Herald

FITCHBURG -- A Fitchburg State University basketball player has apologized for the shocking cheap shot of an opponent that went viral on the internet.

Kewan Platt, a junior from Jamaica Plain, issued an apology on his Instagram account Thursday. Platt was suspended from the team and barred from the campus for elbowing the opponent in the head during a Tuesday night game.

In the viral video, Nate Tenaglia of Nichols College launches and makes a three-pointer from the left corner. Platt, who was closing in from six feet away on the baseline, glanced over his right shoulder at a ref watching the ball, then gives a forearm shiver to Tenaglia’s face.

Tenaglia, of Tewksbury, remained in the game in Nichols’ 84-75 win.

“I hereby want to apologize and show my deep regret upon my actions that occurred during the game against Nichols College the other night,” Platt wrote. “What I did was totally unacceptable and not justified in any way. I got frustrated and lost control over my behavior. I know these words cannot undo my wrongdoings. In the future I promise to make better choices.

“I’m not only apologizing to Nate Tenaglia but also to my teammates, the coaching staff, the university and the whole basketball community.”

Platt was indefinitely suspended from the team and barred from the Fitchburg campus, university officials said. Fitchburg State University police are investigating the incident. No charges have been filed.

The Herald called what is believed to be Platt’s cellphone Thursday but the person who answered hung up.

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