New Mexico State University said on Friday that it had indefinitely suspended the operation of its men’s basketball program, citing “new allegations … involving potential violations of university policy.” The university’s statement on Twitter did not describe the allegations but said they were separate from the shooting that occurred last fall involving one of its players.
In that incident, a New Mexico State player allegedly shot and killed a student at the University of New Mexico after reportedly having been lured there; the New Mexico State player, Mike Peake, was himself shot during the incident, and his teammates and coaches remain under investigation for their behavior in the wake of the shootings.
New Mexico State said in its statement Friday that it is investigating the new allegations and that the men’s basketball coaching staff has been placed on paid administrative leave. The team was supposed to play a game on Saturday.
An ESPN article about the new allegations cited another news report indicating possible hazing by players.