JaQuan Lyle has been sidelined the past two games for New Mexico as he nurses a knee injury, but that didn't stop him from having an extremely eventful weekend (that will cause him to miss the next two games as well).
According to reports, it seems Lyle threw an absolute rager of a party at an Airbnb the night of/morning after his team's 22-point road loss to Nevada. Attendees included athletes from various New Mexico sports, including the football team and the men's basketball team (who caught a plane back in time for the festivities).
Somehow, it seemed like a good idea. It was not.
The @ABQJournal can confirm a UNM female student athlete was shot (not life threatening) at a party early Sunday that had athletes from multiple UNM sports at an Air BNB rented by Lobo JaQuan Lyle. Lobo football recruits were at the party, though not at time of shooting, I'm told— Geoff Grammer (@GeoffGrammer) January 27, 2020
No UNM athletes are said to be accused in the shooting aspect of the incident. ... Albuquerque Police Department handling. UNM Athletics aware and all coaches of all sports are aware, I'm told, as piecing together who all was there. ...— Geoff Grammer (@GeoffGrammer) January 27, 2020
The party was heavily promoted. With flyers and all. Lots of non UNM students at party, too.— Geoff Grammer (@GeoffGrammer) January 27, 2020
Among those there were UNM basketball players, who chartered back from Reno after 22pt loss to Nevada, got to Abq at midnight, went to the party. ...
Aside from the criminal aspect of the party and shooting, administrators looking into who was promoting the party, who was receiving money for it, what eligibility ramifications it all could have for whatever sports/athletes were involved.— Geoff Grammer (@GeoffGrammer) January 27, 2020
Lyle has since been suspended two games for "conduct detrimental to the team," which presumably translates to "hosting a party at which a shooting occurred."
As nuts as this story is, perhaps the most shocking news to me was that Lyle is actually still in college, and what a rollercoaster of a college career it's been, with his saga stretching across four schools over the course of almost seven years.