New Mexico State F Nelson suspended indefinitely

Updated: October 24, 2006, 10:37 PM ET
Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State junior forward Tyrone Nelson has been suspended from the men's basketball team indefinitely for disciplinary reasons, but coach Reggie Theus said Tuesday it's not related to previous allegations that the player was involved in a robbery.

"It is important that people understand that this situation is team-related and has no connection to any other issue," Theus said. "No player on this team is bigger than the team itself and our players need to understand that."

Theus didn't discuss specifics related to Nelson's suspension, but he said all of his players need to be accountable for their actions.

Nelson was briefly suspended from the team in August pending an investigation into allegations that he robbed a Las Cruces pizza delivery man. The delivery man identified him as a suspect, but a university committee that looked into the claims found there was no evidence that Nelson was involved in the crime.

Nelson, a first team All-Western Athletic Conference player last year, averaged a team-high 17.8 points and 8.7 rebounds during the 2005-06 season.

The Aggies open the season Nov. 6 with an exhibition game against Eastern New Mexico in Hobbs.

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