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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
NMSU guard suspended after lewd gestures

By Diamond Leung

New Mexico State has suspended sophomore guard Christian Kabongo indefinitely for a violation of team rules, and according to the Las Cruces Sun-News, the suspension came after the team's second-leading scorer made an obscene gesture to UTEP fans during the Aggies' loss on Sunday.

From the paper:
"He grabbed his crotch after he made the first, then the second one he did it again," said Felipe Truax, who had a front-row seat next to the Aggie bench.

"Yes," Truax added when asked if it was a distasteful move.

[Marvin] Menzies said he didn't notice the action as it unfolded.

"I'll look at the film and address it if that's the case," the head coach said.

New Mexico State has lost four of its past five games following a promising start that included a win against New Mexico. Now it doesn't have Kabongo, whose 15.3 points per game average is fifth-best in the WAC.

The Aggies have as much talent as any team in the league, and the race should be wide open this season. But maturity counts as well, and New Mexico State needs to improve in that area for it to contend.

"Christian has an opportunity to earn his place back on the team, and it is my hope that the young man takes advantage of this life lesson," New Mexico State McKinley Boston said in a statement.