Texas Tech reinstates freshman defensive back Nigel Bethel

Texas Tech has decided to reinstate freshman defensive back Nigel Bethel after originally kicking him off the team for an altercation with Amber Battle, a female basketball player at the school.

He was accused of punching Battle during a pick-up basketball game in June. He had originally lost his scholarship and was kicked out.

He was reinstated after a grand jury found that there was no evidence of felony aggravated assault against Battle, according to Fox Sports.

Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said in a statement on the schools athletic website, that two talented people made a poor choice and have learned a valuable lesson, but there were no winners with this situation.

In the same statement Bethel said he took full responsibility for his actions and that he thanks everyone at Texas Tech for this second chance.

As a part of his reinstatement Bethel will be suspended for three games, the game equivalent punishment to Battle, who will miss the month of November.

Battle led Texas Tech with 16.4 PPG and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors.

Bethel was the highest rated recruit for Texas Tech and was the 17th best cornerback in the country.

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