I've always been a person that believes that nothing that is reported in the 1st 48 hours is ever the truth , the whole truth and nothing but the truth, because it rarely is. When something is reported first, emotions are high and getting the story out is more important than getting the story right.
It's amazing what the whole story will show.
When the first reports came out, Nigel Bethel II was seen as a vicious attack.
Look at the video if you must. Bethel II didn't attack first. Battle did. There were no kicking or multiple punches. It was one punch.
YES, it is completely unacceptable for a man to hit a woman, not now, nor ever. But does the punishment fit the crime? Battle who struck FIRST, is gone for one month. Bethel II is gone for good. It's like in the NFL. Two players may start a fight, but it's almost always the second one who gets penalized.
The Lubbock County Grand Jury sent a letter to Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt saying :
"We believe he was unduly and prematurely punished. This was an unfortunate incident in a pick-up basketball game. This is a matter that should not result in criminal charges for either party.
"Any assault does deserve immediate action, however, please ensure all testimonies, evidence and circumstances are reviewed prior to taking action which may forever alter a person's future.
"We desire to see Mr. Bethel's scholarship re-instated. If he is re-instated, it is our belief that his consequences should not be greater than those of Ms. Battle. If he is not re-instated, a public exoneration of his character on the part of Texas Tech University should be forthcoming, since Mr. Bethel's future opportunities for an education as well as an athletic career have been jeopardized."
The Grand Jury found find "no probable cause after reviewing the evidence presented to true-bill the charge against Nigel Bethel of aggravated assault."
Bethel was immediately removed from the TTU football program. Battle will be suspended for the month of November.
Battle admitted that she "initiated the first contact"
and apologized to "Nigel, the Texas Tech community, my teammates, coaches and fans" in a statement.
So does the punishment fit? For Battle, Bethel or neither. You are the judge now, what would you suggest Kirby Hocutt do to both?
Meet you in the comment section...