New Mexico State indefinitely suspends player after in-game sucker punchLiberty University during a game last week.
New Mexico State announced the decision on Friday to suspend Robert Carpenter indefinitely from all team activities.Video began circulating across social media of Carpenter sucker-punching the Liberty player as the Flames were going down the court during an offensive possession.
According to NMSU Athletics, Carpenter would normally be suspended for one game, but the NMSU men’s basketball program feels that his actions go against the program’s principles and will not be tolerated.
New Mexico State’s Robert Carpenter was ejected after throwing a punch vs Liberty. pic.twitter.com/Y7z4a9cTTW
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) February 2, 2024
Carpenter took to social media to apologize for his actions.
I sincerely apologize for my actions Thursday night. pic.twitter.com/pA6IED7wmP
— Rob Carpenter (@trillestrobb) February 2, 2024
NMSU Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jason Hooten also sent out an apology to Liberty University and Coach McKay.
In his statement, Hooten added that after the game Carpenter met with the other Liberty player and apologized to him “face-to-face.”
Hooten also said that despite Carpenter’s aggression, he believes he is a good kid.