Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Charges Against Lobo Raise Many Concerns.(Editorial Page)


Once again the University of New Mexico faces a scandal involving an athlete. And, once again, the negative light is directed at the Lobo basketball program.

Lobo center Malcolm Battles has been charged with aggravated battery on a household member, false imprisonment and child abuse. Obviously, Battles is not the only UNM student ever accused of a crime, but his status as a Lobo makes his charges front-page news.

Those who remember the bad old days of the Norm Ellenberger era can only hope history is not on the verge of repeating itself. But the pressure to have winning Lobo basketball teams provides a very slippery slope.

Battles has not been found guilty of anything in New Mexico. …

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