New Mexico State gamers interviewed about alleged hazing after basketball suspended

The chancellor at New Mexico State says gamers on the basketball staff have been interviewed by college personnel Saturday about an alleged hazing incident that led to this system’s suspension.

In a letter to the college group, chancellor Dan Arvizu stated he was “heartbroken and sickened to hear about these hazing allegations.”

“Hazing is a despicable act,” he wrote. “It humiliates and degrades someone and has the potential to cause physical and emotional harm, or even death. Sadly, hazing can become part of an organization’s culture, if left unchecked.”

He stated the staff, which arrived again in Las Cruces after its recreation at California Baptist was canceled, would stay beneath suspension till additional discover.

The letter got here out a number of hours after the college introduced it could maintain a closed assembly Tuesday night time to “discuss limited personnel matters concerning individual employees.” It didn’t title the workers who have been to be mentioned.

In asserting the just about unheard-of midseason suspension of a Division I basketball program, the college put coach Greg Heiar and his employees on administrative depart pending an investigation into an alleged violation of college coverage.

“NMSU policy strictly prohibits hazing, in all forms, and it’s something we simply will not tolerate,” Arvizu wrote within the letter.

Just a few hours earlier than the letter got here out, two Aggies, Shahar Lazar and Kent Olewiler, introduced on social media that they have been leaving the staff.

Neither participant had performed this season. This was shaping up as a redshirt yr for Lazar, a freshman who got here to Las Cruces from Israel. Olewiler additionally took a roundabout path to Las Cruces; he was a most well-liked walk-on who was not listed on the Aggies’ official roster.

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Lazar stated he was leaving as a result of, “I don’t think the program that I originally committed to aligns with my beliefs and core values.”

Olewiler stated, merely, “my recruitment is 100% open.”

The hazing allegations come practically three months after the Nov. 19 deadly taking pictures in Albuquerque of Brandon Travis, a 19-year-old pupil from rival college, University of New Mexico. Aggies ahead Mike Peake was suspended early in December whereas an outdoor investigator appeared into his involvement in Travis’ killing. In the moments earlier than the taking pictures, Peake suffered a leg harm and was later taken to the hospital by three of his teammates.

Peake has not been charged within the case, which can be beneath investigation by the district lawyer in Albuquerque.

Reporting by the Associated Press.

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