New Mexico coach Mike Locksley punched receivers coach Jonathan "J.B." Gerald in the face after a "heated" coaches meeting Sunday. Locksley acknowledged the altercation and was reprimanded Monday by the university.
Gerald has filed a complaint with the Albuquerque police department. The report reads: "Mr. Gerald said that earlier in the evening at about 1915 hours [7:15 p.m.] he was attending a coaches meeting which he stated become 'heated.' Mr. Gerald said at one point in the meeting Coach Michael Locksley, who is the head coach for the team became angry with him and approached him in an aggressive manner. Mr. Gerald said that Coach Locksley grabbed him by the collar and as other coaches were attempting to intervene, Coach Locksley punched him in the mouth causing a small cut on the inside of his upper lip."
Gerald told police he did not wish to file criminal charges against Locksley but did want the incident documented.
Locksley, the former Illinois offensive coordinator, has had a troubled first season in Albuquerque. The coach and university were sued by a former office assistant for sexual harassment and wrongful termination. That suit is pending.
Locksley has since filed a defamation lawsuit against an Albuquerque lawyer who was handling his affairs in the harassment complaint.
Last week, Locksley told reporters he was trying to be a calming influence to his players by preventing them from shooting their "load too early" before last Saturday's game against rival New Mexico State.
To make matters worse, the Lobos have been dreadful in a 0-4 start. The team has been outscored, 142-46.
Thanks to Sports By Brooks.