Basketball players sue New Mexico State University, former coach over alleged mishandling of assault

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Basketball players sue New Mexico State University, former coach over alleged mishandling of assault.

The lawsuit filed last week alleged that what the university referred to as hazing crossed the line "into nonconsensual touching," harassment and abuse of players that continued "for months."

The basketball court of the Pan American Center at New Mexico State University is seen Feb. 15, 2023, in Las Cruces, N.M.The suit alleges that the three players began degrading Odunewu through unwanted touching and cruel comments in the locker room. The behavior allegedly was "rarely, if ever addressed or limited by the coaching staff," according to the suit.

He was later the victim of "unwanted physical and sexual contact accompanied by degrading remarks and taunts," according to the suit. "It's just sad to see. Like never in a million years did I ever think that something like this was gonna happen," Odunewu said at a press conference Wednesday.Odunewu told reporters he had not wanted to go public with the allegations because he did not want to "tarnish" or mess up their careers.

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