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Winthrop tennis player kicked off team after alleged assault on teammate

Luka Stanic has been kicked off the Winthrop University tennis team after police say he beat a teammate, knocked him unconscious and sent him to the hospital.

Stanic, 21, is charged with assault and battery, Winthrop Police said.

“Winthrop men’s tennis coach Andrew Stubbs has dismissed senior player Luka Stanic, who was charged last week following an incident on campus, for conduct detrimental to the team,” the school said in a statement.

Winthrop athletic director Tom Hickman said in the statement that the matter has been referred to the school’s student judicial process, which is confidential.

On the morning of March 29, a 19-year-old Winthrop tennis team member and another student told Winthrop police officers they had traveled with Stanic to the Dinkins parking lot Wednesday night, where they planned to catch a ride on a bus, according to a police report. They missed the bus and began to search for another ride.

At one point, the other tennis player asked Stanic to let him into his car to get his cell phone, according to the report, and after asking multiple times, the player began to get louder.

That’s when Stanic began punching the player, knocking him unconscious, according to the report. The third student had walked off toward Sumter Drive to look for a ride and came back to find Stanic punching the 19-year-old athlete, the report states. He broke up the fight.

The third student took the 19-year-old to a restroom at Dinkins and helped him clean up before taking him to Piedmont Medical Center, the report states. He was treated for a possible broken nose.

While waiting at the hospital, the third student told police, he received threatening texts messages from Stanic.

Stanic later turned himself in to police.

Stanic, a senior political science major from Boca Raton, Fla., has a 4-14 overall record, 0-3 in conference play, with the Winthrop Eagles men’s tennis team. The team has a 9-12 record.

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