UNM hazing: Vela suspended a week without pay, 22 players suspended one game

Updated: 08/22/2014 7:24 PM | Created: 08/22/2014 5:31 PM
By: Blair Miller,

All 22 non-true-freshmen University of New Mexico women's soccer players will be suspended for one game, and head coach Kit Vela will be suspended one week without pay, according to Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs.

Vela will not be allowed to have any contact with the team starting Monday. Assistant coaches Jorge Vela and Krista Foo were issued letters of reprimend, according to the university.

"As the leader of this program, I take full responsibility for the actions of the members of our team," Vela said. "I accept the consequences of our team's mistakes. We intend to learn from this and use our abilities and our resources to teach others."

Suspensions for the players will be staggered across the season so UNM can field a team.

The university also said it is in he process of implementing an alcohol education program, along with the anti-hazing program the women's soccer team is already undergoing.

"We believe the disciplinary measures we have taken today send a clear message about the gravity of the incident, and that it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated," Krebs said.

The women's soccer team will be the first team to take the alcohol education course.

The Dean of Students still could take further action against the student-athletes, but the university says that once the dean decides, the university will "consider the matter closed."

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