PORTALES, N.M. (KRQE) – Seventeen Eastern New Mexico University baseball players were thrown in jail Friday for a fight on campus.
“This is adverse times and we’re going to confront the problem and we’re going to deal with it,” said ENMU Athletic Director Jeff Geiser.
According to an arrest warrant, university police went the parking lot of a campus apartment complex around noon April 27 for a fight.
“I was actually sleeping in my apartment and was woken up by loud rambunctious manly voices outside my window,” said a student.
Witnesses told police they saw a group of 20 to 30 men arguing.
Detectives say two of those men started pushing and punching one another. They say at least two others joined in on the fight.
“It sounded like they were really rowdy and they were trying to get some revenge on somebody,” said a student.
Police say 17 baseball players were involved in the fight and at least one of them had a busted lip and cut on his face.
Investigators say the brawl may have stemmed form another scuffle the night before.
Athletic Director Jeff Geiser suspended all 17 of the players Friday afternoon. Geiser then reinstated them later that night after they’d bailed out of jail.
He claims the university didn’t have enough information to prolong the suspension.
“If our student athletes did something wrong even though it’s a misdemeanor then they will need to be punished. They need to be held accountable, but that’s the if,” Geiser said.
The players missed most of Friday’s game, but were allowed to play Saturday.
All 17 of the players have been charged with disorderly conduct.
The university says it will decide a punishment for the athletes once the investigation is complete.