University of New Mexico offensive lineman Jamal Price has been arrested in a domestic violence case and faces charges of breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit a fourth-degree felony.
A criminal complaint says he pushed his girlfriend and Lobo basketball player Khadijah Shumpert at her apartment on Monday night in a dispute over an “Apple” television.
Price, a junior from Pomfret, Md., becomes the third Lobo football player under suspension as the team begins camp for the 2014 season today.
He joins fellow senior starters Crusoe Gongbay, a running back, and cornerback SaQwan Edwards on the suspension list. Gongbay and Edwards were charged in a rape case in April, and while those charges have been dropped, UNM’s investigation continues and there is a possibility criminal charges could be refiled.
“I do think there is a level of frustration that’s shared by the coaches and the players,” UNM coach Bob Davie said of the latest arrest. “In fact, I know that. I know guys want to make the right decision. They understand what it takes to make the right decision and they are hurt by this. I know our football team is hurt by this.”
The complaint said Shumpert called police, saying “her boyfriend had broken into her residence.”
The police officer reports that he noticed Shumpert’s hand was bleeding and that there was blood on the wall in an entry way.
She told police she was at home when a man, later identified as Morgan Redmond, entered the apartment. She said she armed herself with a metal ruler.
She said an altercation began and that Redmond punched her in the face and that she began punching him.
The complaint said Price entered the residence while Redmond and Shumpert were struggling.
Price told police he saw Redmond and Shumpert in an altercation and went to break it up.
Eventually, Redmond left and Shumpert told police she entered her bedroom where she found Price going through her belongings.
Shumpert told police Price appeared upset and she “tried to console Jamal by hugging him and trying to calm him down.”
Shumpert said in the complaint that Price pushed her away, knocking her to the floor, breaking a wine glass.
Price told police Shumpert fell, but not because of his actions.
The complaint said Shumpert told Price she was going to call the police and that Price waited for the police to come.
Police say Redmond returned and was placed into handcuffs.
“I know our football team rallied, to a degree to try and keep this from happening,” Davie said. “I’ve had some feedback from some players.”
Lobo junior quarterback Cole Gautsche said the players are going to concentrate on football and let the coaches handle the off-the-field situations.
“They’re our teammates and we love them to death,” Gautsche said. “… Especially with camp coming up, we’re going to go out there and have fun and play the game we love.”
Davie said players are resilient.
“The 102 players who start (camp tonight) will get through this pretty quickly,” the coach said.
“But we’ve made such an emphasis on this and our players know what a toll it takes on me, what a toll it takes on our staff, what it does to this community to all of a sudden hear another football player is arrested.”
Shumpert is a 6-foot junior from Minneapolis. Last season she led the Lobo women in rebounds at 6.0 per game.