ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Lobo freshman Cullen Neal, still recovering from emergency surgery, is at the center of a nasty Twitter attack.
The son of head basketball coach Craig Neal was rushed to a hospital during the Lobos' recent trip to Australia.
Now, nationwide shock after a San Diego State University student wished him more pain, even death. The school is apologizing to Lobo nation.
It's not exactly how Cullen Neal imagined his trip to Australia; an emergency appendectomy. A picture he tweeted caught the attention of one San Diego State University student.
They took to twitter, representing the San Diego State student section.
One tweet said, "Fingers crossed for further infection."
Then another tweet, "We're not saying we're rooting for the death of Cullen Neal we're just saying that we are not god and we are at peace with whatever happens."
A third and final tweet called upon the Aztec god of death, "May your will be done in the life and death of Cullen Neal. Amen."
“You do have to be careful and watch what you say,” University of New Mexico student Ellaha Koshan said.
“To wish death on someone is never okay,” fellow student Mike Mirabel said.
UNM students aren't the only ones reacting.
After capturing national attention, the offensive tweets were later removed and replaced with apologies saying the remarks were insensitive.
Officials at San Diego State say it was the work of just one student.
“This is a time where it crossed that line and we as an athletic department aren't going to stand for that,” SDSU Athletic Director of Media Relations Mike May said.
“We’re not going to tolerate that. That's unacceptable.”
As Cullen makes his recovery stateside, May says their thoughts are with him.
“Obviously we were extremely disappointed,” May said. “Both ‘The Show’, the student group and the athletic department have great respect for New Mexico and the athletic department, coach Neal and his son and wish them well.”
SDSU officials tell us the student responsible for the tweets has had their season tickets for football and basketball taken away.
Cullen is due back in town tomorrow.
Lobos Athletic Director Paul Krebs says Aztecs Athletic Director Jim Sterk emailed him a personal apology. The Mountain West Conference says they won't take any action in the matter because this involved an "off campus entity."
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