BUFFALO, NY — A University at Buffalo basketball player is facing charges after an alleged assault Tuesday night in the City of Tonawanda.
City of Tonawanda Police say Quate McKinzie, 20, was charged with strangulation in the second degree, a Class D felony. He was also charged with third-degree assault, obstruction of breathing along with unauthorized use of a vehicle.
McKinzie is a sophomore guard for the Bulls.
Additional charges were filed against McKinzie Friday, including felony witness intimidation, felony criminal contempt, aggravated harassment and disobeying a court mandate.
He was remanded to the Holding Center and is being held without bail.
McKinzie appeared in 17 games as a freshman at UB, averaging 4.2 points-per-game.
The university says that it is aware of the arrest, and released the following statement to 2 On Your Side.
University Athletics is aware of the alleged incident and is in communication with university and local authorities. Quate McKinzie is currently enrolled at the University at Buffalo and is suspended indefinitely from the university’s basketball team. Due to the ongoing investigation and federal protections on student information, we will have no further comment on the matter at this time.
Generally speaking, the university has an on-campus judiciary process to address violations of the university’s Student Code of Conduct. UB Athletics also has a process for addressing violations of student-athlete policies.We expect all students to serve as community citizens both on and off-campus.
UB's Athletic Department released the following statement on behalf of AD Allen Greene:
"Our departmental core values, which are non-negotiable, are made very clear to our student athletes. We expect all of our student-athletes to live up to those standards, and those who fall short understand that there are consequences. We take all legal matters involving our student-athletes very seriously and we will work with university officials to determine a proper course of action."