New Mexico State Shuts Down Men’s Basketball Program Indefinitely Over Allegations Unrelated To Fatal Shooting

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A tumultuous season for New Mexico State men’s basketball came to a grinding halt on Friday. The program has suspended all operations “until further notice.”

NMSU’s decision to shut down the program indefinitely is unrelated to the ongoing investigation into a fatal shooting that involved basketball player Mike Peake and three University of New Mexico students. The tragic homicide took place in November.

Some of Peake’s teammates helped to remove the gun used in the shooting from campus.

However, the university made it very clear that the two incidents do not correlate to one another.

NMSU personnel were recently informed of new allegations, separate from the events that took place in Albuquerque late last year, involving potential violations of university policy. While those allegations are being investigated, the men’s basketball coaching staff has been placed on paid administrative leave. The game scheduled for February 11 against California Baptist will not be played.

— New Mexico State University in a statement

According to Jeff Goodman of Stadium, the allegations involve “multiple players hazing a teammate on more than one occasion” and a police report.

New Mexico State University’s definition of hazing is as follows.

An act or omission (not based on discriminatory motives prohibited by RPM and ARP 3.25) committed by one or more individuals, occurring on or off campus, where:

  • The act or omission is committed in connection with an initiation into, an affiliation with, or the maintenance of membership in, any organization. For the purpose of this policy, “organization” means an intercollegiate or intramural athletic team; chartered student organization; or other association, order, society, corps, cooperative, club, department, unit, division or similar group that is officially or unofficially affiliated with the university and whose membership consists primarily of enrolled students or employees of the university; and
  • The act or omission creates an unreasonable risk of emotional or physical harm, or causes actual physical harm, mental duress or degradation, or unreasonably interferes with a person’s academic endeavors or progress, or work environment.

New Mexico State will conduct an investigation.

The university also said that the board of regents are in support of the program’s suspension.

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents were informed this evening of the suspension of operations for the men’s basketball program. The board supports the action taken by the university leaders and is confident a full and thorough investigation will be conducted.

— New Mexico State University in a statement

No basketball players or members of the New Mexico State administration were suspended prior to Friday’s announcement. The players were all set to play in Saturday’s game against Cal Baptist, which will no longer occur.

Head coach Greg Heiar, who is among those placed on paid administrative leave, is in his first season coaching the 9-15 Aggies. It has been a chaotic start to his tenure, to say the least.

Written by Grayson Weir

Grayson doesn't drink coffee. He wakes up Jacked.

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