Fight in HINU basketball game leads to suspensions, apologies

A fight during a Haskell Indian Nations University men’s basketball game this past week led to suspensions to members of the HINU program, as well as its opponent, Northern New Mexico College.

The HINU road game on Sunday ended with 8:15 left in the second half, due to what was described in a joint release from both HINU and NNMC as a “physical altercation.”

The fracas reportedly involved multiple players from each team. HINU and NNMC have suspended the players involved.

“There is no room for this type of behavior in our institutions, nor in our communities,” HINU interim president Daniel Wildcat and NNMC president Richard J. Bailey Jr., stated in a joint release. “We are deeply regretful that this incident occurred, and are fully committed to insuring that nothing like this happens again.”

The head coaches of the two teams involved in the fight also weighed in.

“In no way shape or form, do we as coaches or administrators condone this behavior, and in no way does it represent the values of the Northern New Mexico College or Haskell Indian Nations University,” HINU coach Matthew Downing Jr. and NNMC coach Ryan Cordova said in a separate release.

The HINU men’s basketball team lost the game, 60-52. According to the HINU website, it forfeited an ensuing game this week, as well. Plus, a Dec. 30 game against Ottawa is already marked down as a loss due to forfeit on the schedule. HINU, with those results included, is currently 6-11 on the season.

Attempts to contact HINU athletic department staff for further comment Friday were unsuccessful.


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