Coaches fate uncertain after 17 ENMU baseball players arrested

PORTALES, N.M. (KRQE) – Two ENMU baseball coaches could now be in trouble following the arrests of 17 of their players in early May.

Police incident reports obtained by KRQE News 13 explain what led up to the baseball brawl and why the coaches got involved.

According to the report, a group of players were at an off campus party in late April when some of the guys allegedly started grabbing girls. That’s when a fist fight between a few baseball players and other students broke out, sending two of the players to the hospital. Then about 12 hours later, both groups got into it again. This time the fight happened outside of a campus dorm. One of the athletes said they were fighting because the other guy ended his third baseman’s career.

The report also states that while officers took the athletes into custody, two of the assistant coaches told the players not to follow cops orders. One witness even said he saw some of the coaching staff telling their players they didn’t have to cooperate.

President Gamble says the coaches could face disciplinary action.

“If they don’t conduct themselves in a way they should then the university’s going to deal with it and that’s what we’re doing right now,” said ENMU President Steven Gamble. Gamble says the university is still investigating the players actions prior to the arrest as well as the coaches actions during the arrests. “It’s my understanding that a couple of assistant coaches did not act in a way we would have liked to have seen,” said Gamble.

As for the 17 players arrested, some could be put on probation while others could be suspended up to two semesters.

An 18 arrest of an ENMU baseball player was made on May 6, four days after his teammates. He’s accused of running out of the locker room and hitting an officer while police arrested the original 17 athletes.

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