PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Eastern New Mexico University allowed 17 baseball players to compete in a double-header a day after they were arrested following an off-campus fight.
ENMU Athletic Jeff Geiser explained his decision to allow the team members to play Saturday against Angelo State by saying they are innocent until proven guilty, the Clovis New Journal reported (http://bit.ly/SsZ08u ).
The players — nearly half of the team — each posted bail after being arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of disorderly conduct as a result of a fight at a Portales student housing complex.
"Every situation is unique, and I think the truth will eventually come out, and I'm taking the approach that we're innocent until proven guilty, and that will be my take on this," Geiser said.
ENMU President Steve Gamble said he had no details on the fight or the police investigation, and university Police Chief Brad Mauldin declined to comment.