Two players held in Mexico after incident in Cabo San Lucas

Updated: April 1, 2008, 10:55 PM ET
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Two Portland State basketball players are in a Mexican jail after an altercation in the resort town of Cabos San Lucas, U.S. consular officials confirmed Tuesday night.

Scott Morrison and Jeremiah Dominguez have not been charged, but Lorena Blanco, spokeswoman for the consulate in Tijuana, said a list of attorneys' names has been sent to the players' families.

Blanco said Morrison beat up Kyle Meagher, 23, of Michigan, and Dominguez attempted to flee police.

"Dominguez was the not the one who beat him up but he ran away from police and that's what got him in trouble ... Police threw him on the ground and punched him because he resisted arrest," Blanco told The Associated Press.

An AP reporter went to the police holding area where the two were behind bars. They declined comment.

Seated on a cement bench in a cell with five other prisoners, they had no apparent wounds on their hands. Police arrested them early Tuesday. Morrison blocked his face when the reporter tried to photograph him.

The Oregonian newspaper quoted Alejandro Rojas, general manager of the hospital where Meagher was taken, as saying: "Kyle was choking, his gums were all damaged, his lower jaw was broken into pieces and he had internal bleeding. You couldn't do damage like this with a baseball bat -- it's worse."

According to the report, Rojas said doctors inserted eight screws and two titanium plates in Meagher's jaw, but he was conscious and in stable condition. Rojas said doctors would decide when it is safe for him to be released.

The paper said Meagher is a student at Lansing (Mich.) Community College.

Dominguez and Morrison helped the Vikings to a school-record 23-10 season and their first appearance in the NCAA tournament. Portland State earned a trip to the tournament with a 67-51 victory over Northern Arizona in the Big Sky Conference tournament. The Vikings also won the league's regular-season title.

The Vikings were a No. 16 seed in the NCAA tournament, where they lost to top-seeded Kansas in a first-round game.

Dominguez, a 5-foot-6 point guard, was the Big Sky's player of the year, after he averaged 14.2 points and 4.1 assists per game. The 6-11 Morrison, the league's defensive player of the year, averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds.

"We are surprised and disappointed in the actions and poor judgment our student athletes have shown in this situation," athletic director Torre Chisolm said. "Prior to this, they conducted themselves in a positive manner within our program. I am disheartened to see them put themselves in such a bad position."


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