Arrests don't help NBA draft stock, program's image

UPDATE: KFOX-TV reports that according to one witness, Young was tased during a physical confrontation with a police officer over a handicapped parking spot.

New Mexico State guard Jahmar Young recently put his name in the NBA draft, and it doesn't help his prospects that the junior was reportedly arrested and charged Sunday with felony battery on a peace officer.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News:

Las Cruces Police Sgt. Kiri Daines said Young and others entered the Pic Quik on Don Roser and East University Avenue around 3 a.m., Sunday and, based on disruptive behavior, were asked to leave the store.

"He came in with some other people and [they] were pretty rowdy from what we understand," Daines said. "It was enough for the Pic Quik staff to ask them to calm down. They didn't, and 911 was called."

When officers arrived, there was "an altercation between Young and an officer," she said.

Young's teammate, Jacoby Patton, 18, a redshirt freshman, was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge following the incident and released on bond, Daines said.

Young has been in trouble before. And after teammate Wendell McKines was arrested earlier in the season and allowed to play the next night, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune criticized coach Marvin Menzies and wrote that New Mexico State is "a renegade program."

This is the same Aggies team that won the WAC tournament behind Young's MVP performance and played Michigan State down to the final possession in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

But despite on-court successes during a 22-win season, there have been academic troubles, and beat writer Jason Groves, among others, has questioned the program's disciplinary issues.

I would like to see NMSU discipline Young in some form or fashion prior to any decision in the courts. I doubt that will happen, but at some point, the university and the men's basketball program has to pick an image and protect it. You can only back your student athletes to a certain point, right? Everyone makes mistakes, but how many mistakes are Aggies fans willing to put up with for the sake of wins?