Apr 19 2016
A college basketball player from Brooklyn died after a possible hazing incident near his school, Buffalo State College.
Bradley Doyley, 21, a point guard who planned to graduate this spring, had been in and out of a Buffalo hospital in the last several weeks before dying Thursday night.
Buffalo police were investigating an allegation that a fraternity he was looking to join, Alpha Phi Alpha, was involved in the hazing, the school said.
The player’s friends said they believed Doyley may have been forced to ingest a dangerous fluid.
“I was in the weight room and heard he was pledging and was made to drink some type of toxic substance,” football player Dametrius Brown told the Buffalo News. “I keep hearing different stories. First it was detergent, then some said sewer water.”
The campus chapter of the fraternity was suspended.
The fraternity refused to comment “at this time.’’
College president Katherine S. Conway-Turner said Doyley “was a valued member of the Bengals men’s basketball team . . . and was well regarded by his peers, professors, and former coaches.
“His loss will undoubtedly be felt throughout our community.”
Doyley’s basketball coach said the player had been ill and was admitted to the hospital late last month.
“He called me from the hospital Jan. 29 to say he felt sick,” the coach, Fajri Ansari, told the Buffalo News.
“He thought it might have been something bad he ate.”
Doyley was discharged from the hospital shortly after, but had to be readmitted, his coach said.
His family traveled to Buffalo from Canarsie to be with Doyley as he became severely ill.
“He was an amazing brother and son, the best you could ask for,” Doyley’s sister, Sherelle Wint, told the paper.
His friend, Monique Maxwell, said “He was outgoing. He had positive energy all the time.
“He was always upbeat.”
In an interview from 2012 posted on YouTube, Doyley talked about his role with the team in his sophomore year.
“I focused on what I really needed to do to help carry on my team,” he said. “I tried to develop as a player and work on what I need to help our team go far.”