As a result of an alleged assault on a fellow student, Watson's career at NMSU could theoretically be over if charged with a felony. There will be a charge in the coming days as the victim told my collegue James Staley is his intent. Obviously we don't know yet if the charge will carry a felony with it at this point and if you read Staley's story, there are multiple accounts of just what involvement Watson had in the incident.
It's easy to sit back and recommend what should happen. Watson hasn't been arrested but the fact that he was involved in something like this with the amount of publicity it has received, at this point it's the decision of the basketball program to suspend him or let him continue to play. I'm not going to say how long, but I don't think it would be a bad thing to suspend him at this point because at some point, something like Watson's involvement could drag down whatever accomplishments this year's team reaches on the basketball court. But that's just my take. Following is what Dr. Boston told me Wednesday evening.
When reached for comment Wednesday, NMSU athletics director McKinley Boston said Watson's fate at this point would be determined by the basketball team's head coach.
"The policy at the moment is that Coach Menzies has a relationship with his player and will make a determination to play Tyrone or suspend Tyrone," Boston said. "Without charges against Tyrone, it's a violation of team policy."
Boston said he has been in constant communication with Menzies since the incident has drawn publicity since originally reported on Monday.
"We haven't dismissed it but I'm not the decision maker as I would be if it were a felony charge and it would be on my plate," Boston said.
Watson has been cooperative with the investigation, Boston said.
"At this point (Watson) is remorseful and he acknowledged that he made an emotional, bad decision," Boston said. "Sometimes those decisions have consequences and those lay with Coach Menzies right now."