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News out of the Gopher basketball team this morning is the sort that no one likes to see. Trevor Mbakwe, incoming junior college power forward, has been charged with felony assault. The unpleasant details clearly show that if the allegations are true, Mbakwe belongs as far from the basketball team, and society as a whole as possible.

Are the allegations true though? Who knows? This is why we have a legal system after all.

In Mbakwe’s favor, the combination of eye-witness testimony, alcohol, a dark street,  and a head injury are far from an ideal situation to make a positive identification. Throw in the fact that the accuser picked  Mbakwe’s picture off his junior-college basketball team’s website where Mbakwe doesn’t look particularly unique. At the same time, the police felt they had enough information to press charges.

Mbakwe claims it is a case of mistaken identity, and he would know best. Either he commited the crime or he didn’t. If he didn’t, and one of his old teammates did, he would also know that.

This will sort itself out eventually, and obviously will have consequences on the upcoming season. At best this is an unpleasant distraction for the team. At worst, there will be a big whole in the front court.

4 thoughts on “Mbakwe charged with felony

  1. theres no way its true. he is such a good kid, anyone that knows him, he was the one guy on the miami team that didnt smoke and drink. he was charged, not convicted. drop it.

  2. If there is news, I won’t drop it. I also don’t plan to have some sort of Lou Dobbs fixation on it either. Like it or not, a highly touted recruit was arrested and charged with a felony. It is news, it is Gopher basketball related news, and it is going to show up on a Gopher basketball blog.

    I sincerely hope he didn’t commit this crime and it really is a case of mistaken identity, more because of the affect it would have on Mbakwe and his family than any affect of it would have on the team.

    Hopefully he’ll have a fair and speedy trial, and if he did it he’ll be convicted and it will knock some sense into him, and if he didn’t do it he will be exonerated.

  3. Agreed. Trevor is one of the nicest guys out there. Theres no way he did it.

  4. theres no way its true. he is such a good kid, anyone that knows him, he was the one guy on the miami team that didnt smoke and drink. he was charged, not convicted. drop it….

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