A brutal act of traditional hazing caught on camera has allegedly led to the indefinite suspension of seven members of a varsity basketball team in New Mexico, severely crippling the team’s options for the final stages of the 2015-16 regular season.
As reported by Albuquerque ABC affiliate KOAT, the Santa Fe basketball team’s bus ride back from a game at Rio Rancho allegedly included a brutal act of hazing, with seven members of the varsity team hitting and punching freshmen players. The attacks were reportedly caught on video, which has since been sent to district officials and state police, both of which have opened investigations into the claims against the teens.
The alleged abuse was initially reported by the father of one of the victims, who told district officials that his son and other freshmen were called to the back of the bus, where they were attacked by the upperclassmen. The suspensions of the players who were allegedly involved are likely to end their seasons, with the Demons scheduled to play just two more games — on Tuesday and Friday — and unlikely to qualify for a significant playoff run due to their 9-14 schedule.
As it stands, that suspension may prove to be the least of issues facing the teens in question.