ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The two UNM football players who are no longer charged with rape have been reinstated to the Lobos football team.
“They’re back in good graces on our football team,” said UNM Head Football Coach Bob Davie.
With the criminal case behind them, Crusoe Gongbay and SaQwan Edwards joined training camp practice in Ruidoso Wednesday. While their teammates went through drills and plays, the two stayed on the sidelines working to get back into shape.
“I won’t hold this against them nor will I give them any favors,” said Davie.
Late Tuesday night, Davie reinstated the players after the district attorney dismissed the kidnapping and rape charges against them saying there was insufficient evidence to move forward with the case.
“Once that criminal case was closed I saw no reason to not reinstate them to the team,” said Davie.
Shortly after the announcement, Gongbay tweeted, “Ya boy is back. They can’t stop God’s work. Gotta make up for lost time, but it’s still money season.”
Davie says the case should serve as a reminder to his players they need to be careful off the field.
“Hopefully this can be a tremendous learning experience for our players,” said Davie.
He says there won’t be any additional athletic punishment against Gongbay or Edwards and they still have a chance to win their starting jobs back.
“Nothing is going to be given, but the best guy will play,” said Davie.
Both Gongbay and Edwards are seniors. The Lobos open their season at home against U-TEP August 30, 2014.