In the final minutes of Tuesday night's game between the Falcons and Nichols College, Fitchburg State guard Kewan Platt blatantly threw a forearm at Nichols' Nate Tenaglia as he attempted a corner three.
Platt, reportedly upset after not being awarded a foul on an air ball three-point attempt, didn't even attempt to disguise this shot on Nichols College guard Nate Tenaglia.
Conference and Fitchburg State officials said the incident is being taken "very seriously" and have indefinitely suspended Platt from the team.
Do you think the punishment fit the offense? However, according to those in attendance, Platt was ejected; he had picked up a technical foul earlier in the game between the MA schools. Guarded by Tenaglia, Platt launched a 3-point shot that clanged off the rim. "Fitchburg State does not tolerate behavior that violates those standards", the statement continued. Tenaglia falls to the ground, Platt keeps it moving, and the referees were somehow oblivious to the entire incident. "The case is being reviewed at the student conduct level for consideration of further sanctions", the university said in its statement.
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Divito said school officials were glad Tenaglia was OK and relieved "most of the team didn't see it" due to concerns about a potential altercation. "We are appalled by the actions of the student-athlete".
Just two days before the Division III game, Platt was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week. His behaviour goes against the MASCAC's mission which includes good sportsmanship.