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New Mexico State players interviewed about alleged hazing



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

In a letter to the varsity neighborhood, chancellor Dan Arvizu stated he was “heartbroken and sickened to listen to about these hazing allegations.”

“Hazing is a despicable act,” he wrote. “It humiliates and degrades somebody and has the potential to trigger bodily and emotional hurt, and even dying. Sadly, hazing can develop into a part of a corporation’s tradition, if left unchecked.”

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

The letter got here out a couple of hours after the varsity introduced it might maintain a closed assembly Tuesday evening to “focus on restricted personnel issues regarding particular person staff.” It didn’t identify the workers who have been to be mentioned.

In asserting the nearly unheard-of midseason suspension of a Division I basketball program, the college put coach Greg Heiar and his workers on administrative go away pending an investigation into an alleged violation of college coverage.

“NMSU coverage strictly prohibits hazing, in all varieties, and it’s one thing we merely is not going to tolerate,” Arvizu wrote within the letter.

A couple of 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 group.

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

Lazar stated he was leaving as a result of, “I do not suppose this system that I initially dedicated 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 capturing in Albuquerque of Brandon Travis, a 19-year-old pupil from rival college, College of New Mexico. Aggies ahead Mike Peake was suspended early in December whereas an outdoor investigator appeared into his involvement in Travis’ killing. Within the moments earlier than the capturing, Peake suffered a leg damage and was later taken to the hospital by three of his teammates.

Peake has not been charged within the case, which can be below investigation by the district legal professional in Albuquerque.


Related Press reporter Jacques Billeaud contributed to this report.


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