NMSU does it again

Wendell McKines, New Mexico State’s second leading scorer and a key in the southern Aggies resurgence to the top of the WAC standings, was arrested last weekend.

And he played in a NMSU game just a few short hours after getting sprung from jail on bond.

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LAS CRUCES – New Mexico State junior basketball player Wendell McKines was booked into the Doa Ana County Detention Center Friday evening and released on bond early Saturday morning, according to the jail.

NMSU police pulled over a vehicle containing Aggie basketball players McKines, Troy Gillenwater, Robert Lumpkins and Hamidu Rahman after a 911 call alerted police to a group of individuals trying to steal or damage a stop sign, according to NMSU police.

NMSU police took McKines into custody for a warrant with Las Cruces Police for not paying fines on a March 2009 charge of criminal property damage.

McKines was booked at 6:30 p.m. and bonded out at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday. He scored 13 points and collected 15 rebounds in an 86-77 victory over Fresno State on Saturday.

So McKines, along with three of his teammates are allegedly out stealing stop signs on campus, get cited. It’s a prank and they’re young college kids. I can almost forgive them of that.

But McKines — who was academically ineligible to play the first semester this season because of bad grades and had to appeal more bad grades in order to be cleared to play this semester — decides the fine is optional and doesn’t pay it. That decision comes back to bite him and he spends the night in the slammer.

He gets bailed out and still plays a game that night.

Anyone out there have a problem with this? NMSU’s athletic director, apparently, doesn’t.

“I know that it was a warrant from last summer and as far as we are concerned, it’s a team policy issue,” NMSU Athletics Director McKinley Boston said. “We are not engaged at all. Our policy is that anything that is misdemeanor level is handled by the coach and in most cases, it is an internal issue.”

That, my friends, is a red flag that the NCAA might see. The words ‘institutional control’ come to mind.

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