Anthony Nunez, a 21 year old NMSU student, was put in timeout during Saturday's NMSU victory over Seattle at the Pan American Center.
I talked to Nunez on Sunday. The only reason I am writing about this is the fact that I can't remember a student being removed before. I've seen fans taken from their seats, but never students.
"After I was sent to the Blue section, they were still chanting it. I wasn't the only one but I guess my voice carries," Nunez said. "I was surprised. It's our job to get into their head and that's what we were doing. He was responding to us."
The chant that got Esparza removed was "Trent's a bitch" going after Seattle's Clarence Trent.
Think about "Nice shot asshole" that lasted years after made free throws. Certainly not flattering but I've heard and seen worse, for example in San Antonio the UTSA students had a poster that had photos from the victim in the Tyrone Watson case. UTSA staff made them take the pictures off the poster, but the students went on riding the Aggies through the entire game. It's college basketball and it's supposed to be the NMSU home court.
Nunez doesn't expect the Pan Am to change after one ejection.
"It will be the same. The students are a home court advantage. There were still people chanting and they didn't do anything."
Nunez suggested to friends sitting around him that it would be funny if everyone started chanting.
"I didn't think they would do it," Nunez said. "He hit a 3 and put 3 fingers up or whatever and pointed at us. Right before that, event staff told us not to shout stuff when it was quiet during free throws or something."
Nunez will be back in the South stands against UTEP.
"I'm not going away."