It has been a weird year for New Mexico football. In February, head coach Bob Davie was suspended after reports that his program mishandled reports of sexual assault, that he used racial slurs against players, and allegations of physical abuse against players.
At the time, it seemed doubtful that Davie would coach this season. However, he survived the suspension and remains at the helm of the Lobos this fall.
Now, one of the team’s best players has been suspended, for sending a teammate to the hospital.
New Mexico football senior linebacker Evah Tohi got into a fight with an unnamed teammate and friend, sending that person to the hospital.
From the Albuquerque Journal:
“New Mexico senior linebacker Evahelotu Tohi, the Lobos’ leading tackler, has been suspended from all team activities because he was involved in an fight that left a teammate hospitalized, KOB TV reported late Tuesday.
UNM sports information director Frank Mercogliano confirmed the altercation. UNM is not naming the hospitalized teammate, who has been described as a friend of Tohi that doesn’t see much playing time.”
Davie released a statement, saying that the team is gathering details, but that Tohi will be suspended from all team activities until there is more information.
Tohi leads the Lobos with 57 tackles on the season, including six tackles for loss and a sack. He also has two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown against Utah State.
The Lobos are 3-5 on the year. The team hosts San Diego State on Saturday.