He also reached out to Hocutt personally, tweeting, "I'm praying @kirbyhocutt and @TexasTech give me a second chance by reinstating me! Texas Tech is my home I don't want to be any where else."
Texas Tech police say the incident happened during a pick-up basketball game. Bethel is accused of punching Amber Battle during the conflict, breaking a bone in her face.
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 released on July 4.
Bethel's attorney, Tray Paine, believes his client's punishment was unfair:
"Nigel lost his scholarship in my opinion because of Texas Tech's hasty decision. I don't believe all the evidence was reviewed. I don't believe they took the time out to properly investigate this. Nothing is okay about hitting a woman. Nothing is okay about hitting a man."
"Why wasn't she given the same punishment of zero tolerance that Nigel Bethel was meeted out," Payne asked. "If we're gonna have a zero tolerance policy about violence than that should be across the board."
We also reached out to Amber Battle on Tuesday, but have not yet received a response.
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