NMSU suspends Peake amid probe into shooting

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico State energy ahead Mike Peake has been suspended indefinitely from the basketball crew in reference to final month’s deadly taking pictures of a pupil from the College of New Mexico, athletic director Mario Moccia mentioned.

Moccia instructed reporters Monday evening that neither he nor the college may touch upon Peake’s enrollment standing as a pupil. Peake, 21, has not been charged within the Nov. 19 predawn taking pictures on the New Mexico campus in Albuquerque hours earlier than the host Lobos had been to play the Aggies.

The sport between the faculties was canceled, together with the Dec. 3 rematch in Las Cruces.

“Mike is suspended from our basketball crew till the completion of the college’s investigation and the investigation of the correct authorities,” Moccia mentioned. “When these investigations will likely be full, I can not say.”

State police investigators mentioned Brandon Travis allegedly conspired with two different UNM college students and a teenage woman to lure Peake onto campus.

The following shootout left Travis useless on the scene and Peake hospitalized with a leg wound that has required a number of surgical procedures. Travis was 19.

A brawl at an Oct. 15 UNM-NMSU soccer recreation in Las Cruces was a precursor to the taking pictures, police mentioned.

First-year NMSU males’s basketball coach Greg Heiar was not made out there to speak to media till 10 days after the taking pictures. He expressed his condolences for Travis and his household and mentioned he took full accountability for the actions of a number of gamers who sneaked out of the lodge on that morning of the sport.

Till Monday, NMSU officers had not spoken publicly about any particular self-discipline for Peake associated to the taking pictures.

“If there’s criticism over this choice, I’m ready to take it on myself,” Moccia mentioned. “I’ve identified this participant for years and I do know what sort of particular person he’s. I did not really feel a have to rush to judgment. I needed to provide the investigation time to play out earlier than making any choices.”

Peake, a 6-foot-7 junior from Chicago, performed one season at Georgia earlier than transferring to Austin Peay. He joined New Mexico State in 2021 and averaged 4.1 factors and a couple of.4 rebounds final season, serving to the Aggies attain the second spherical of the NCAA event.