New Mexico men’s basketball coach Paul Weir is apologizing for the actions of some of his players before the start of Tuesday’s matchup against in-state rival New Mexico State.
Weir in a statement issued Thursday said he was extremely disappointed and wanted to apologize to everyone at the state’s flagship university and at NMSU.
He says he was embarrassed and described the behavior as unsportsmanlike.
Neither Weir nor Aggies head coach Chris Jans witnessed the scuffle that ensued as the teams took the floor to warm up. They didn’t want to talk about it much after the game, saying only that they would look into it.
Witnesses reported shoving and punches thrown between the teams.
The Aggies went on to rout the Lobos 100-65, extending their streak to five victories in the series for the first time since 1956.
The entirety of Weir’s statement, provided by UNM:
“”I am extremely disappointed at the pregame events and want to apologize to not only everyone at The University of New Mexico but also New Mexico State University. Our actions are a direct reflection of me and my lack of ability to communicate to our players the importance of sportsmanlike behavior. At no point has anyone in our program ever been encouraged to behave in that fashion and much like the outcome of the game itself, I am embarrassed. Any member of this team who acts that way will have consequences and this will be no different.”