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UTEP’s Chris Washburn Allegedly Assaults Nightclub Bouncer

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Miners freshman forward Chris Washburn was allegedly part of a group of three men involved in an altercation with a bouncer at a nightclub near the UTEP campus Saturday night, according to a report made to the El Paso Police Department.

Miners Director of Athletics Bob Stull issued a statement Monday afternoon, stating: “The investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate for us to comment at this time.”

No arrests have been made in connection with the alleged assault of Eric Nuñez, who works security at The Palomino Tavern, 2601 N. Mesa.

According to El Paso Police spokesman Mike Baranyay, the incident report taken by officers on the scene identifies Washburn as one of three African-American males who were at the bar. According to a witness, Nuñez was assaulted, sustaining a large cut on his face during the altercation. But witnesses did not single out any particular member of that group as having struck Nuñez, only that an assault occurred and that Washburn was identified as part of the group.

In a story at, Nuñez alleges that Washburn did accost him in the bar, along with the other two unidentified members of his group.

Washburn, brother of sophomore forward Julian Washburn, is just over a week away from his 20th birthday, according to the UTEP athletics website.

The talented freshman recently wrapped a solid first season with the Miners, averaging 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He became the first UTEP freshman to finish with three double-figure point totals since John Tofi a decade ago.

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