LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State junior forward
Tyrone Nelson has been suspended from the men's basketball team
indefinitely for disciplinary reasons, but coach Reggie Theus said
Tuesday it's not related to previous allegations that the player
was involved in a robbery.
"It is important that people understand that this situation is
team-related and has no connection to any other issue," Theus
said. "No player on this team is bigger than the team itself and
our players need to understand that."
Theus didn't discuss specifics related to Nelson's suspension,
but he said all of his players need to be accountable for their
Nelson was briefly suspended from the team in August pending an
investigation into allegations that he robbed a Las Cruces pizza
delivery man. The delivery man identified him as a suspect, but a
university committee that looked into the claims found there was no
evidence that Nelson was involved in the crime.
Nelson, a first team All-Western Athletic Conference player last
year, averaged a team-high 17.8 points and 8.7 rebounds during the
The Aggies open the season Nov. 6 with an exhibition game
against Eastern New Mexico in Hobbs.