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FSU Basketball Player Barred from Campus After Striking Opponent in Head During Game Tuesday Night

November 14, 2018

Sentinel & Enterprise

Staff Report

FITCHBURG -- A Fitchburg State basketball player has been barred from campus after he delivered a vicious right elbow to a Nichols player’s head, knocking him to the ground, during a game Tuesday night.

Kewan Platt has been indefinitely suspended from the team and barred from Fitchburg State’s campus effective immediately, the university announced Wednesday afternoon.

The Nichols College player who was punched, Nate Tenaglia, is from Tewksbury -- where he scored more than 1,000 points during his high school career. He was not injured despite the blow.

The video of Platt’s nasty hit went viral online on Wednesday.

“The Fitchburg State community is appalled by the conduct during Tuesday night’s home basketball game,” the university tweeted.

“His behavior is antithetical to our community values and good sportsmanship. Fitchburg State does not tolerate behavior that violates those standards. The case is being reviewed at the student conduct level for consideration of further sanctions.”

Platt was ejected from the game. He has not been criminally charged for the hit.

It’s unclear why Platt delivered the blow to Tenaglia.

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