Tag:Trevor Mbakwe
Posted on: January 11, 2011 11:38 am
Edited on: January 11, 2011 7:05 pm

Two problems with two women is a bad sign

Let's assume what Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe posted on an ex-girlfriend's Facebook page Monday in violation of a restraining order was non-threatening and perhaps even nice. It still doesn't change the fact that a woman in Minnesota once felt it necessary to file an order against him for some reason, which is troubling considering a totally different woman in Florida once accused the star forward of breaking her face during an assault.

So Mbakwe is either troubled or unlucky, right?

There's almost no in-between.

Serious questions:
  1. How many times has a woman accused you of breaking her face?
  2. How many times has a woman filed an order against you?
For most the answers to those questions are never and never because, let's be honest, this type of stuff doesn't really happen to normal people. One issue can be labeled a misunderstanding or even a straight-up false allegation. But two issues with two totally different women? That's typically a sign something isn't right. Not always, of course. But typically. Again, it's possible the worst thing Mbakwe did Monday was post a message on an ex-girlfriend's Facebook page that was non-threatening but still in violation of an order filed against him, which would mean he spent Monday being more dumb than evil. But that's not what I want to know. What I want to know is what it is about Mbakwe that's led to him having issues (real or otherwise) with two totally different women in two totally different states, and whether his ability to average 13.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game has helped school officials ignore the answer to that question.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 13, 2010 7:16 pm

My Five for Friday column

Click this link to read my Five for Friday column.

It's on Trevor Mbakwe, Myron Strong, and Jim Delany's comments about baskebtall recruiting.
Posted on: August 12, 2010 7:19 pm

Minnesota reinstates Mbakwe

Trevor Mbakwe was reinstated to the Minnesota basketball team Thursday hours after he agreed to enter a pre-trial intervention program that is allowing the 6-foot-8 forward to avoid trial on a felony assault charge.

"This process has been difficult and I am relieved it is finally being resolved," said Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi. "It's now time to move on, and I am glad that he is going have an opportunity to be a member of our basketball program with two years of eligibility remaining."

Maturi said coach Tubby Smith was out of town, but that he'll soon meet with Mbakwe to determine his role with the program. It's now believed Mbakwe will remain at Minnesota and play for the Gophers this season. But the former junior college standout has previously expressed an interest in transferring, causing some to speculate he could relocate in the interest of a "fresh start," perhaps at Memphis or Georgia Tech.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 12, 2010 1:09 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2010 1:42 pm

Mbakwe avoids trial, enters intervention program

Minnesota basketball player Trevor Mbakwe has avoided a trial on a felony assault charge by agreeing to enter a pre-trial intervention program that requires him to perform 100 hours of community service and make a $100 donation to a facility for abuse victims, the Pioneer-Press reported Thursday.

Miami-Dade state attorney's office spokeswoman Terry Chavez told the paper via email that enrollment in the program "is NOT an admission of guilt nor is it a plea." She added that if Mbakwe completes the program, no criminal conviction will be on his record. The program is expected to last six months.

"After lengthy defense continuances in this case [which primarily appear to have been based around the defense's desire to depose every witness listed in the case and develop their own expert witnesses — which is their right], Mr. Mbakwe has decided that the PTI Program is the most appropriate disposition for this case," Chavez wrote. "The victim was in full agreement with the decisions made in this case."

The question now is whether this is enough for Minnesota to allow Mbakwe -- who was accused in April 2009 of attacking a female near his junior college campus in Florida -- to compete this season, or if Memphis -- a school Mbakwe visited recently after acknowledging he was considering a transfer -- would accept the forward if he chose to relocate. Both schools have suggested they'd play Mbakwe if he was "cleared of the charges," but enrollment in the pre-trial intervention program doesn't mean he's been cleared any more than it means he's been found guilty. It's just a compromise, for lack of a better word, a way for the prosecution to avoid the possibility of losing a high-profile case, a way for Mbakwe to avoid a trial that could've possibly resulted in a jail sentence.

One thing worth noting: There has been some speculation that Mbakwe could transfer to another Division I school, like Memphis, and get a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately. But sources familiar with the situation have told CBSSports.com that a waiver would be "highly unlikely," meaning Mbakwe's realistic options seem to be staying at Minnesota and playing this season (provided Minnesota allows it) or transferring, sitting out a season per normal NCAA transfer rules, and resuming his college career in 2011-12.

For what it's worth, Myron Medcalf, Minnesota beat writer for the Star-Tribune, Tweeted Thursday that he spoke with Mbakwe's lawyer, who told him he expects Mbakwe to remain at Minnesota and play this season. Minnesota officials, including coach Tubby Smith, have yet to comment.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 2, 2009 2:17 pm

Credit Minnesota for being careful with Mbakwe

It's a big blow to Minnesota that Trevor Mbakwe won't be able to play until his legal matter is resolved.

The guy averaged 16.3 points and 13.2 rebounds last season in junior college.

He could help.

But credit Minnesota as an institution for taking a stand and not using the "innocent until proven guilty" card so many programs play in the spirit of winning at all costs. Right or wrong, Mbakwe has been accused of attacking a woman, and Minnesota isn't OK with trotting him under that cloud. So athletic director Joel Maturi said Monday that the junior college transfer will sit until the issue "has been resolved in a satisfactory matter," and if we never reach that point then Mbakwe will never step on the court.

Good for Minnesota.

Too often, we tend to only highlight when schools don't take stands.

So I just thought it was worth pointing out that Minnesota is handling this the right way.
Category: NCAAB
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