The University of New Mexico Lobo fan who threw a cup at a San Diego State player after a Feb. 22 game in the Pit said in a statement to the Journal he was sorry for his actions and hoped fans would realize “it was a one-time incident.”
“I am a lifelong UNM supporter and proud alumni,” said the statement. “After the SDSU game, I made a mistake and threw a paper cup of melted ice. I am truly sorry to everyone involved. I am responsible for my actions. I fully accept my punishment and will still cheer loudly from home.”
He went on to say he was concerned about online threats and signed the statement only as JD.
UNM, in response to an Inspection of Public Records request by the Journal , on Monday identified the fan as Justin Weeks.
UNM athletic director Paul Krebs last week told the Journal he felt it was “in the best interests of all concerned that the name not be released.” Krebs added UNM and the fan came to a “mutually agreed upon” agreement that the fan not return to a Lobos sporting event through the end of the 2014-15 athletics season and in a statement released to all media said, “We consider this matter closed.”
On Monday, Krebs declined further comment on the matter.
Weeks delivered to the Journal a hand-written statement on Friday apologizing for the incident.
“I have always been willing to take responsibility,” the statement said. “I will admit that online threats have caused concern for me, my family and our home. I hope that people understand this was a one-time incident and doesn’t define me as a person or a fan.
“Good luck to the Lobos this season & beyond! – JD”
Though he delivered the letter to the Journal , Weeks did not speak with a reporter. UNM officials confirmed the statement was from Weeks.
Following the Feb. 22 Lobos men’s basketball victory over then-No. 6 San Diego State, and after the Lobos and Aztecs players got into a shoving match in a postgame handshake line, Weeks threw a cup at an Aztec player as the team walked off the court toward the team locker room.
UNM coach Craig Neal saw the incident and emphatically pointed out Weeks to arena security, who escorted him out of the building.
Weeks was not the owner of the season tickets used for the SDSU game, but had purchased them from the longtime owner of the tickets. UNM has not said what, if any, action would be taken against the season ticket holder.