The City of Tonawanda police arrested UB Men’s Basketball sophomore Quate McKinzie on several charges Tuesday night when they responded to an alleged result.
McKinzie was originally charged with second-degree strangulation (Class D felony), third-degree assault (Class A misdemeanor), obstruction of breathing (Class A misdemeanor), and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
On Friday, multiple charges were added to the case: Witness intimidation (by way of felony), criminal contempt (another felony), aggravated harassment, and disobeying a court mandate.
Quate is currently being held without bail and has been suspended indefinitely from the men’s basketball team.
The University at Buffalo and Athletic Director Allen Greene each gave statements regarding the matter to WGRZ:
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.
"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."
If we never see McKinzie in blue and white again, it will be the second time in less than two years that a UB player has been kicked off the team. The last time this happened was when MAC Player of the Year Justin Moss was dismissed from the University for because of his role in an on-campus robbery with fellow men’s basketball players Raheem Johnson and Mory Diane.
We’ll update you if/when we learn more of the situation.
EDIT: Bail was originally set at $15,000. McKinzie was unable to post that sum.