Mumme Offers to Settle Suit

June 13, 2007

Author: Jose L. Medina

Source: Las Cruces Sun News

LAS CRUCES — Less than two weeks before trial, a settlement offer has been made to four former New Mexico State University football players to drop a religious discrimination lawsuit against head coach Hal Mumme.

Mumme's attorney said the offer was strategic and was not an admission of wrongdoing by the coach.

The offer was made Monday, according to court filings in federal district court in Las Cruces. The amount of the offer was not disclosed.

"Basically, it's a strategic move to put pressure on the plaintiffs to basically consider settling the case," said Larry White of Las Cruces, Mumme's attorney.

According to federal rules, if the players decline the offer and obtain a judgment at trial that is less favorable than Mumme's offer, the players would have to pay Mumme's court costs, not including attorney's fees, incurred after the offer was turned down.