Quate J. McKinzie, the University at Buffalo basketball player accused of attempting to strangle his girlfriend and intimidate her, pleaded guilty Thursday in City of Tonawanda Court to a misdemeanor charge of criminal contempt.
Tonawanda Judge Mark Saltarelli sentenced McKinzie, 20, to a conditional discharge that requires him to refrain from offensive contact with the former girlfriend, who resides in the city, where the alleged incident occurred July 17.
A rising sophomore forward on the UB Bulls men's basketball team, McKinzie was indefinitely suspended following his arrest and has since withdrawn from UB and is returning home to North Carolina. He started one game during his freshman season while averaging 4.2 points per game.
"The District Attorney's Office did a thorough investigation and found that the original charges could not be substantiated and Mr. McKinzie took responsibility for making a non-threatening phone call to his ex-girlfriend," said attorney Cheryl Meyers-Buth, who represented McKinzie along with attorney Joel L. Daniels.
McKinzie appeared in court with both attorneys and his mother.
"Other schools have already called and he has multiple opportunities," Meyers-Buth said.
Following the court appearance, McKinzie and his mother left for North Carolina, the attorney said.