NMSU guard reinstated after apology

New Mexico State guard Christian Kabongo was reinstated to the team's practice on Tuesday after serving a two-game suspension for a violation of team rules during a rivalry game at UTEP when he made obscene gestures to fans.

"I am very sorry to all of New Mexico State University for my actions," Kabongo said in a statement. "I have apologized to (UTEP) coach (Tim) Floyd, and I let the emotions of a big rivalry game get the best of me. I am so thankful to coach [Marvin] Menzies and Dr. [McKinley] Boston for giving me the opportunity to learn from this and become a better person. I hope to be back soon to play for the team and school I love, and if there is anyone I offended I hope you can give me another chance to prove myself."

It wasn't a matter of if Kabongo, the third-leading scorer in the WAC, offended fans because a number of them wrote to the Las Cruces Sun-News about the player's actions.

Without Kabongo, New Mexico State stopped its three-game winning streak with a pair of easy wins. Leading scorer and rebounder Wendell McKines had another big game with 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds against Southern on Monday.

New Mexico State has another rivalry game against New Mexico next week that Kabongo is expected to be available to play and prove himself once again.