On Tuesday, in a moment that has gone viral on video, a member of the Fitchburg State University basketball team took advantage of the referee looking the other way and delivered a vicious forearm and elbow to an unsuspecting opponent’s face.
Late in the game between the Fitchburg State Falcons and Nichols College, Nichols College came down the court on offense and a player spotted Nate Tenaglia of Nichols College setting up behind the three-point line. Tenaglia received the pass and launched the shot, leaving his arms up above his head for the follow through.
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.
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
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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.”- READ MORE