What you’ll see below is easily one of the dirtiest plays we’ve ever seen in a college basketball game. It’s a clip sure to go viral in the coming days.
In a game on Monday night between Fitchburg State and Nichols – two Division-III schools in the MASCAC – a player on Fitchburg State appears to just straight up punch a player on Nichols in the face after he takes a three-point shot. Somehow, the referees don’t see it.
No. 23, who is listed in Fitchburg State’s online roster as Kewan Platt, appears to be the aggressor in the situation. Nichols guard Nate Tenaglia appears to be the victim.
The shot goes in, for what it’s worth. It’s unclear if the player was penalized at all for the transgression.
Overtime posted video of the play this morning. Many on social media are now trashing the player for the move.
This is disgusting ? pic.twitter.com/D8xihwFmwT
— Overtime (@overtime) November 14, 2018
Now that it’s out there, the MASCAC will surely have to issue some kind of statement. It’s also likely that the player in question will be, at a minimum, suspended.
Update: Rob Dauster tweeted out video of the previous play. It seems No. 23 thought he was fouled on a three-point attempt.
Also, some context: The Fitchburg State player was pissed about a no-call at the other end. Bottom right corner. pic.twitter.com/rXNEvoKkwW
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) November 14, 2018
Update 2: Yahoo’s Jeff Eisenberg released a report on the play with more information. Platt was hit with his second technical foul of the game and was subsequently ejected.
After appearing to turn his head to check whether the referee on the baseline was paying attention, Platt dropped Tenaglia with a right elbow to the face. Another referee spotted the malicious cheap shot, blew his whistle and slapped Platt with his second technical foul of the game, resulting in his immediate ejection.
There’s no word yet on further punishment for Platt.