NMSU Player Suspended After Beating Allegations

Jan 31, 2013

New Mexico State University basketball coach has suspended senior Tyrone Watson, who has been accused of beating a man at a party Saturday night.  In a statement posted on the team's web site, coach Marvin Menzies says Watson has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Watson has been identified by police as a suspect in the beating of 19-year-old Miguel Rascon, who was treated for facial fractures, a gash requiring 13 stitches and other cuts and bruises during a brawl at the party Saturday night. Witnesses said Watson grabbed Rascon and punched him in the face because he was dancing with his girlfriend.

No charges have been filed.

In a statement, Menzies called the allegations "shocking and disturbing" and said the school's investigation is ongoing.

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