SANTA FE (KRQE) – There’s a change to the bracket. The Santa Fe High School boys’ basketball team is no longer going to state.
This comes after an investigation into the team over a hazing bus brawl that left one player with a broken nose.
It happened on a bus ride home after a basketball game in early January.
Surveillance video shows players beating up younger teammates one at a time. It shows them punching, kicking, and tossing underclassmen in the aisle of the bus, all while the team’s coach sits in the front of the bus, apparently unaware of what’s going on behind him.
Some players told police this type of hazing has gone on for years and they call it “Freshmanized.”
“The students were suspended for three days from the school and the coach was suspended for one game,” said Santa Fe Public School’s Athletic Director, Sara Baca.
But the punishment continues. Wednesday, the basketball team forfeited their spot at state. The Santa Fe Public Schools’ Superintendent tells News 13 it was his sole decision.
The superintendent also said the coach is currently on leave.
According to the Santa Fe Public School’s Athlete Code of Conduct, hazing is not tolerated. If it happens, it could mean suspension or dismissal from all sports for the remainder of a school year.
The Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing the case.
All players, including freshman, told police they were just horse playing and that no one meant to hurt anyone else.
With Santa Fe out, Eldorado High School in Albuquerque is now in. The New Mexico Activities Association said if a team drops out of state, the next team in line steps up.
“We literally just found out, so we’re all excited and we’re going to go out there and play hard,” said Eldorado Player, Robert Miller.