After a three week investigation, New Mexico State Police said they found no evidence that an injury to a Santa Rosa High football player on Nov. 8 was caused by a Tucumcari Rattlers player or the Rattlers player’s equipment. The injury occurred during a game between the Santa Rosa Lions and the Rattlers at Tucumcari.
Santa Rosa school officials had said they thought the injury may have been caused by sharpened equipment that was worn by a Rattlers player and called State Police to investigate the injury as a criminal matter, said Capt. Matt Broom.
Broom said that officers found no evidence to substantiate an allegation that the injury was caused by equipment worn by a Tucumcari Rattlers player. Investigating officers spoke with the parties involved and examined evidence that included a video of game footage that was enhanced at the Office of Special Investigation at Cannon Air Force Base, Broom said.
Broom said the enhanced video showed no evidence the injury was caused by a Rattlers player or his equipment.
Tucumcari Superintendent Aaron McKinney and Santa Rosa Superintendent Ted Hern were not available for comment.
Investigation finds no evidence of wrongdoing in football injury