After an initial postponement, Fab Melo appeared in Syracuse City Court yesterday.
The meeting with City Judge Stephen Dougherty was over Melo's violent behavior toward an ex-girlfriend. Turns out, the primary purpose yesterday's appearance served was for Melo to get an official re-delivering of the message: you can't go near the woman who you asked about wanting your blood. Yep. That's it. Just a quick, how-you-do and then Melo was on his way.
Melo, 20, and defense lawyer Gary Sommer met briefly with Assistant District Attorney Melinda McGunnigle and City Judge Stephen Dougherty in court this afternoon. Sommer told the judge Melo is in counseling and McGunnigle asked the judge to remind Melo there is an order of protection directing him to have no contact with the victim.Melo's case has been halted for further movement until Aug. 31, wherein it's suspected he'll be given a relatively light punishment, considering the allegations. Some probation, maybe community service. But a fine? Who knows. If so, how does he pay it?
Even if this case ends up having a swift, dispensable ending, it doesn't mean Jim Boeheim and Syracuse University should go easy on Melo. Boeheim has been mum on his underwhelming big man, opting to remain silent in respect to the legal proceedings, of course. But Syracuse has had an unfortunate, undeniable pattern of its football and basketball players not only getting into trouble with the law, but specifically, domestic abuse cases. Even if Melo's isn't the worst, it's the most recent and continues a pattern.
Two months from now, Boeheim & Co. should have a disciplinary plan in place once Melo completes whatever punishment he's handed out by the courts.