A Division III basketball game Tuesday became headline news when Fitchburg State's Kewan Platt intentionally knocked down Nate Tenaglia of Nichols College with an elbow to the face.
JDF Sports first surfaced the incident on Twitter, and Overtime also shared video:
Per TMZ Sports, Fitchburg State's athletic director Matthew Burke called Nichols' athletic director Chris Colvin to apologize for the incident. It added that Platt has been suspended and is barred from campus.
Fitchburg State released a statement about Tuesday's events:
"The Fitchburg State community is appalled by the conduct displayed during Tuesday night’s home basketball game."
"[Platt's] 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."
Tenaglia continued playing after taking the blow.
"Nate actually made the two free throws and stayed in the game," Nichols coach Scott Faucher told reporters (h/t Yahoo Sports' Jeff Eisenberg). "He's an extremely tough kid. He took the shot, rallied his teammates together and went right to the free-throw line."
Faucher added he was "not really too sure" what prompted Platt to attack Tenaglia. However, Tenaglia was able to get the last laugh thanks to Nichols' 84-75 victory.