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New Mexico St. cancels men's basketball season after sex allegation­s


New Mexico State called off the rest of its men's basketball season Sunday after reviewing a police report that cited three players for false imprisonme­nt, harassment and counts of criminal sexual contact against a teammate.

In a statement, chancellor Dan Arvizu said "this action is clearly needed, especially after receiving additional facts and reviewing investigat­ion reports related to the hazing allegation­s involving student-athletes on the team."

The campus police report, obtained by The Associated Press, redacted the names of the players involved. The report, filed Friday, detailed the victim telling investigat­ors that last Monday, three members of the team held the victim down "removed his clothing exposing his buttocks and began to 'slap his (buttocks).' He also went on to state that they also touched his scrotum."

The victim told police he had no choice but to let this happen "because it's a 3-on-1 type of situation."

The victim said other incidents had been occurring since last July or August, and that inappropri­ate physical and sexual touching by his teammates had been occurring in the locker room and on road trips.

"We must uphold the safety of our students and the integrity of our university," Arvizu said. "It's time for this program to reset."

He said he had spoken with the commission­er of the Western Athletic Conference, which said it was reviewing how to treat the six New Mexico State games that will be wiped off the schedule in regards to seeding for next month's conference tournament.

The report said the victim went to campus police to report a possible assault, but did not want to press criminal charges for the time being.

On the same day the report was filed, the school announced it was suspending its season indefinite­ly and putting coach Greg Heiar and his staff on administra­tive leave. University regents are meeting Tuesday to discuss 'limited personnel matters concerning individual employees."

It did not name the employees who were to be discussed.

On Saturday, Arvizu acknowledg­ed the suspension was occurring because of hazing allegation­s on the team.

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