New Mexico officials are downplaying an incident that occurred in July between coach Mike Locksley and Ryan Tomari, the sports editor of the student newspaper the Daily Lobo, at the Uptown Sports Bar and Grill in Albuquerque.
The university also denied it is involved in a possible coverup to protect Locksley.
According to the Daily Lobo, Locksley became involved in a heated exchange with Tomari over a column the sports editor wrote that was critical of the coach and program. Tomari later told his bosses that he became uncomfortable with the discussion and Locksley's demeanor because the coach used profanity.
Locksley was apparently uncomfortable too. After learning that the incident might be reported, he returned to the bar a few days later and obtained a copy of surveillance video, which is now at the center of the alleged coverup.