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Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)
MARK SMITH ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs told the Journal that because of the recent hazing incident involving the women's soccer team, he has canceled a wine-tasting fundraiser the team had scheduled.

The fundraiser was slated for this Sunday at Vernon's Steakhouse.

UNM's athletic website lists Vernon's as a major sponsor of Lobo women's soccer, having held events in the past and having raised about $40,000 for the program.

"We need to contact the sponsors and people who have signed up," Krebs said Tuesday. "But in light of what happened with the soccer team, I don't know that it's appropriate to have the event. Therefore we canceled it.

"Up until now, it had not really been a focus. Our focus was the immediacy of the situation."

Krebs said he assumed the soccer team wasn't going to be at the event, "and certainly wouldn't have been participating in the wine tasting," but it's a moot point.

A flier stated there would also be a raffle and silent auction along with appetizers and a wine tasting. The event cost was $40 per person.

The Journal left a message at the phone number on the flier that advertised the event, but did not get a return call.

Lobos coach Kit Vela has been suspended for one week without pay, and every member of the team - excluding the seven true freshmen left on the team who were hazed in a team initiation stunt Aug. 17 - will be suspended for one game.

Assistant coaches Jorge Vela, Kit's husband, and Krista Foo received letters of reprimand.

The hazing resulted in two players being taken to the hospital for excessive alcohol consumption. On Aug. 18, twin sisters Danielle and Devin Scelsi quit the team, withdrew from school and returned to their Orange County, Calif., home.

Krebs said the hazing involved the team's nine freshmen, who were taken to a number of locations and ended up at a big party. He said they weren't forced to consume alcohol, but did so because of "peer pressure."

He said they were also sprayed with water and a substance he compared to windshield washer fluid, and the girls were forced to changes outfits, leaving them in just their bras and panties at some point in the evening.

During last week's UNM investigation, Krebs canceled the team's season opener at Texas Tech - which was scheduled for last Friday.

The Lobos are now scheduled to open the season Sept. 5 against Marquette in the Colorado College Invitational in Colorado Springs.

The suspension will affect 22 players, but will be staggered so the Lobos can field a team for all their games.

The team issued a public letter of apology Monday.

 

August 27, 2014

 

 
 

 

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