UB athlete arrested, charged with strangulation

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - University at Buffalo sophomore guard Quate McKinzie was involved in a domestic incident in the City of Tonawanda Tuesday night involving a woman.

According to Tonawanda police, McKinzie, 20, was charged with strangulation in the second degree, which is a Class D felony.

He was also charged with third degree assault, obstruction of breathing along with unauthorized use of vehicle.

Police tell 7 Eyewitness Sports Reporter Nick Filipowski that since the incident on Tuesday, additional charges were levied against McKinzie on Friday including witness intimidation, aggravated harassment and disobeying a court mandate.

“University Athletics is aware of the alleged incident and is in communication with university and local authorities,” the University at Buffalo said in a statement.

“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.”

Athletic Director Allen Green also issued a statement saying: "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."

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