By Mark Smith
Carlton Bragg has been thrown out of yet another college basketball program — this time the University of New Mexico.
The troubled 6-foot-10 senior forward had been suspended on Dec. 22 for three games, but returned for just two games before being arrested for DWI and marijuana possession on Sunday morning.
He was driving his BMW.
UNM released the following statement from Lobo coach Paul Weir on Sunday night, ending the collegiate career of the oft-troubled big man:
“This morning I became aware of an incident involving Carlton Bragg. Based on what I know at this time, I will be removing him from the team.
“My hope is that he can find increased time and attention to heed to his personal well-being. My sole purpose going forward is to support Carlton in his health and growth as a young man.
“The game of life is much more important than basketball right now. I still believe in him and hope this next step will allow him to develop into a strong, responsible young adult while also completing his degree here at UNM. I am rooting that this next chapter is his best one yet.”
Sources told Enchantment Sports there is police lapel video of the arrest, and one source said Bragg was “even more belligerent to the police than he is to basketball officials.”
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Bragg was arrested and thrown off the Kansas basketball team and transferred to Arizona State where he booted before even taking the court.
He transferred to UNM and became eligible in December of 2018, but barely made it through a calendar year before being thrown off the Lobos — a team filled with transfers from other colleges.
Bragg and teammate JJ Caldwell were both suspended the same day for separate incidents last month, but UNM had not commented on details of either player’s suspension.
Caldwell has not been reinstated.
Last week, when Bragg was allowed back with the Lobos Albuquerque police released a report about Bragg being accused of attempted rape.
The Albuquerque Journal went into detail about that report. The case is still pending.