New Mexico state men’s basketball program suspended indefinitely after reports of harassment: Chancellor
New Mexico State University revealed the reasons behind the university’s decision to suspend its men’s basketball program and place the coaching staff on paid administrative leave.
In an email Saturday night, Chancellor Dan Arvizu said he had called for the program to be suspended “until further notice” late Friday after receiving reports of alleged bullying within the team. Though no details were given on Friday’s suspension, the university said it was unrelated to a fatal shooting in November involving power forward Mike Peake.
The university has not released details of the alleged harassment or the names of those accused of taking part.
Arvizu said NMSU players and coaches were in California preparing for Saturday’s game against California Baptist when the decision was made. The game was then called off, the team was called back to the Las Cruces campus, and the coaching staff was placed on paid administrative leave.
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When the team arrived back on campus, Arvizu said they were “met and interviewed by university staff who are specifically trained to conduct investigations into this type of matter.”
The Chancellor said the most important part of his job is to ensure the school system’s students are safe and safe from harm, adding he was “heartbroken and sick” to hear reports of bullying.
“Verbal abuse is a despicable act. They demean and demean someone and have the potential to cause physical and emotional harm or even death,” Arvizu said. “Unfortunately, bullying can become part of corporate culture if left unchecked.”
Arvizu said the school’s policy strictly prohibits all forms of bullying and that it is something that will not be tolerated.
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He closed the email by acknowledging that many in the NMSU community want clarification on what happened and the future of the basketball program. He reiterated that the team’s operations remain suspended until further notice and additional information will be shared in the future where possible.
The suspension comes at a worrying time in the Aggies program after a Nov. 19 shooting on the Albuquerque campus of rival University of New Mexico injured Peake and killed 19-year-old UNM student Brandon Travis.
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Police reported that Travis and three other UNM students lured Peake to campus hours before the rivalry game. He was shot in the leg during the switch and was reportedly picked up by three teammates who took him to a hospital.
The game was originally rescheduled for the following day, but was rescheduled for December 3 and moved to Las Cruces. It was eventually cancelled. Peake was suspended indefinitely from the team two days later while his involvement in the shooting was investigated.
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The Aggies, reigning champions of the Western Athletic Conference, have struggled in their freshman year under the guidance of head coach Greg Heiar and this season have posted a 9-15 record that includes 10 losses in their last 12 games.
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