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CSU player argues with UNM staff for telling team to ‘focus more on studying and less on domestic violence’

Colorado State senior Emmanuel Omogbo and members of the New Mexico coaching staff were involved in a postgame altercation outside Moby Arena on Saturday.
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Colorado State senior Emmanuel Omogbo and members of the New Mexico coaching staff were involved in a postgame altercation outside Moby Arena on Saturday.

Omogbo was caught on video by the Albuquerque Journal’sGeoff Grammer starting an argument with three coaches standing by the Lobos bus as he left the arena following an 84–71 loss. After Omogbo told assistant Terrence Rencher that he would “whoop [his] ass,” Rencher seemed to escalate the incident by telling Omogbo that “he ain’t whooping nothing.”

Omogbo was led away, as one member of the Rams travel party told Rencher to “grow up.”

Warning: The video below contains NSFW language

After the video began circulating, Keegan Pope of reported that a Lobos assistant told Rams players and coaches to “focus more on studying and less on domestic violence” as the two sides left the floor.

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This comment appears to be in reference to senior guard Gian Clavell, who has been arrested twice in the past two years on domestic violence charges. He was Colorado State’s leading scorer on Saturday with 22 points on 7 of 14 shooting.

The game became very chippy toward the end, with technicals being doled out for coaches leaving the bench. Grammer shot a video of a near-fight after as the games stopped for an injury timeout.

The Mountain West Conference says it is reviewing the situation and has been in contact with both schools.

Colorado State and New Mexico will play again on Feb. 21, in New Mexico.

– Kenny Ducey