LUBBOCK, TX -- While many within the Texas Tech community have said they're glad to see Nigel Bethel II go, back home in Miami, it's quite the opposite. Despite all the negative press surrounding Bethel the past couple of days, it seems many back home still regard him as a hometown hero.
Tim Harris, Bethel's former coach from Booker T. Washington High School, says he'll continue to support the young athlete in all his future endeavours.
"You know, he's always been a good kid, never got into any disciplinary action," Harris says. "He's always been a stand-up kid for our program and represented us for four years. We totally don't agree with what the allegations are."
"That's not something we preach in our program," Harris continued. "We preach the opposite."
Tech dismissed the freshman cornerback from the football team earlier this week, after he allegedly punched Lady Raider basketball star Amber Battle in the face. While many here in Lubbock support that decision to let him go, Harris says he's supporting Bethel. And he's not alone. Bethel's personal Facebook page is covered in encouraging words from those back home in Miami.
"We really appreciate Nigel," Harris says. "Everything that has taken place over the past few days is kind of shocking to all of us. We're just trying to be there to support Nigel and get to the bottom of whatever the situation was, and help him to see where he's going to go from here."
KAMC News reached out to Bethel Tuesday, asking for comment. But, he declined, explaining that he doesn't think anything he'll say at this point will make any difference.
"All that we can do is help Nigel and his family through this. Hopefully it can turn out to be all good for him in the end," Harris says. "For the young lady, our thoughts and our prayers are with her and that hopefully she is able to forgive him for whatever situation may have went down between the two of them."
According to Harris, a few other universities have reached out to Bethel, after the news of his dismissal from Tech. But he didn't elaborate on which schools those were.