2 NMSU basketball players allege sexual assault in new lawsuit
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Two NMSU men’s basketball players are suing the school, players and coaches saying multiple players sexually assaulted them – multiple times, over months.
The lawsuit reveals specific alleged incidents, and accuses coaches of not stepping in.
The three now-former players accused were on the team in 2022: Kim Aiken Jr., Doctor Bradley, and Deshawndre Washington.
KOB 4 is not naming the two alleged victims.
The lawsuit is against the three now-former players, the university – specifically the board of regents – and the two top coaches during the season: head coach Greg Heiar and assistant Dominique Taylor, who school leaders have since fired.
University leaders said these same alleged incidents are the reason why they canceled the men’s basketball team’s season in February.
The lawsuit claims the three accused now-former players assaulted the victims many times starting this past summer and into the basketball season, saying there was “unwanted physical and sexual contact.” The accused players were “frequently inappropriate, disrespectful, degrading and violent” toward teammates.
It says people shouldn’t call the incidents “hazing” because of the harm they caused. It alleges that the coaching staff “did nothing to look into what was happening nor to stop it.”
In one incident – on the team bus – the lawsuit claims the three accused players held down one of the victims. They pulled down his pants, and allegedly attacked him. It caused the victim “great pain.”
The other players and the coaches were on the bus at the time, but didn’t step in, the lawsuit says.
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