ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico(KOB) – Members of the Univerity of New Mexico women’s soccer team are alleging they were hazed by teammates Sunday night.
A victim’s parent says that freshmen on the women’s soccer team were forced to strip naked, consume large amounts of alcohol and were sprayed with urine.
One of the victims ended up in the hospital, according to UNM police, who also said someone called 911 just before midnight Sunday night to report the incident.
One victim’s family has already retained an attorney.
For sports fans, the information was difficult to stomach.
Lobo freshman volleyball player Keaton Alley told KOB the women’s soccer team “seems like a really close-knit team”. She said she and her teammates heard about the allegations, but they didn’t seem possible.
“I know a lot of the soccer girls, and I’m surprised that any of them would even do that to someone,” another UNM student said.
At a UNM men’s soccer game Monday night, fans also cringed at the allegations.
“It’s probably in small doses healthy, you know,” said Jim Thompson. “But taken too far, it’s not a good thing.”
KOB is not naming the alleged victims, and a UNM Athletic Department spokesperson said all members of the team are being interviewed.
Forty four U.S. states have passed some sort of anti-hazing law, with punishments specifically for hazing incidents.
New Mexico is one of six states without an anti-hazing law.
A spokesman for UNM Athletics told KOB Monday night the women’s team has an exhibition game in Texas this weekend, but would not say if any of the women wouldn’t be playing.