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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Former New Mexico State football player Alleges Discrimination

From the Progressive Magazine's McCarthyism Watch, an article about a muslim New Mexico State football player released from the team after he prayed differently than the coach wanted. From the article:

Ali’s father, Mustafa Ali, says the trouble started at a practice over the summer when the coach told the players to pray.
“My son and two other players who were Muslim, they were praying in a different manner, and the coach asked them, ‘What are you doing?’ They said, ‘We’re Muslims. This is how we pray.’ That had a lot to do with how things went south.”
Mustafa Ali says things escalated after his son had a personal meeting with Coach Mumme where the coach “questioned him about Al-Islam and Al-Qaeda.” His son talked to him about the conversation.

The student has filed suit along with the ACLU against the school. The coach may not remain at the university as head coach for very long anyway, as New Mexico State is one of the worst teams in college football, with a current record of 0-11, in the WAC conference nonetheless.

Click here to read the article.

--Tom Hayes


An inquiry commissioned by New Mexico State University has found that no discrimination within the football program took place. The ACLU has questioned the impartiality of the inquiry, which was undertaken by an Albuquerque law firm. Click here to read more on this matter.

-- JB


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