What do they think they’re playing … hockey?
You know the social media outrage machine would be cranked up to eleven if the roles were reversed, right?
If it would be automatically assumed to be racially motivated had a white guy cold-cocked a black guy in the middle of a basketball game, should we assume the same thing if a black guy smokes a white one?
Or can we go back to assuming such people (whatever their race) are written off as just unsportsmanlike goons who don’t have the athletic chops to win a clean game?
We can’t have it both ways.
With the game winding down, the aggressor (Kewan Platt) was playing on the losing team (Fitchburg State).
After a quick look over his shoulder to make sure the ref wasn’t looking, he took out his frustration with a brutal sucker-punch.
And down he went.
Late in a loss to Nichols College, Fitchburg State's Kewan Platt hit Nate Tenaglia with a right elbow. He has been suspended indefinitely and banned from campus. https://t.co/51qbaTl5oJ pic.twitter.com/BgUBu7Y4wP
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 14, 2018
As Tenaglia had his hands in the air, Kewan Platt, a junior guard for Fitchburg who is the team’s leading scorer, trotted toward him, quickly peered back over his shoulder to make sure the referee wasn’t looking, and delivered a brutal elbow to Tenaglia’s face, knocking him to the floor. Then Platt simply jogged away; he was hit with a technical foul.
Kudos to the sportsmanship of Nichols College’s Nate Tenaglia — the guy Platt hit with the cheap shot.
According to TMZ, Tenaglia continued to play after the hit. Nichols coach Scott Faucher told Yahoo Sports, “I was proud of how our guys handled the situation. They came together and focused on the next play. Nate actually made the two free throws and stayed in the game. He’s an extremely tough kid. He took the shot, rallied his teammates together and went right to the free throw line.”
The Fitchburg State community is appalled by the conduct displayed during Tuesday night’s home basketball game. The player involved has been indefinitely suspended from the team and barred from campus, effective immediately.
— Fitchburg State (@Fitchburg_State) November 14, 2018
At least Fitchburg State treated the assault with the seriousness it deserved.
Question is, what was behind the attack?
Is Platt just some dumb hotheaded loser? Or was this violence motivated by racism?
by Doug Giles
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