New Mexico State Basketball Player Ejected for Flagrant Foul
New Mexico State men’s basketball player, Robert Carpenter, faced consequences after swinging at opponent, Robinson, during a game. The incident occurred as Robinson turned around to head down the court, with Carpenter hitting him directly in the face from behind. Coach Jason Hooten expressed his apologies for the incident during his post-game press conference.
Unacceptable Behavior, Consequences Await
Coach Hooten emphasized that such behavior is not acceptable in their program and expressed his disappointment. Carpenter was issued a flagrant foul 2 and ejected from the game. Robinson did not return to the court after the incident. Hooten acknowledged that Carpenter will be suspended for at least one game, with the possibility of further suspension pending a review of the incident.
Coach Takes Responsibility
Coach Hooten took responsibility for the incident and stated that it does not align with the values of New Mexico State University. He stated that he has a long career in coaching, which reflects his dedication to instilling good sportsmanship within his players. Hooten expressed his pride in his own character and assured that his program will not tolerate such actions.
Suspension and Future Ramifications
Hooten expects Carpenter to be suspended for at least one game, as is typically the case for fights in the leagues he has been a part of. He also mentioned that Conference USA will review the incident and determine if a longer suspension is necessary. Regardless, Carpenter will not be playing in the upcoming game against Jacksonville State. Further consequences will be determined as the situation unfolds.
The Good Person Behind the Incident
Hooten spoke highly of Carpenter, describing him as a good person and a good kid. He expressed his shock at the incident and acknowledged Carpenter’s remorse. Hooten emphasized that there is no place for such behavior in the game and took personal responsibility as the coach. He understands the gravity of the situation and plans to address it appropriately.
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