Minnesota Gopher Star Forward Returns To Miami Court
October 17, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota basketball star Trevor Mbakwe was required to make a personal appearance in a Miami court this morning. The sixth year senior was there to answer to a probation violation after a felony warrant was issued earlier this month.
Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Terry Chavez confirmed that during today’s appearance a probation violation hearing was set for this Friday, October 19, 2012. Per Ms. Chavez, it will be up to the court to sentence him after the hearing on Friday.
According to Minnesota Gophers men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith last Friday, Trevor Mbakwe is “lucky to still be around here.” Smith’s comments were in response to questions about a July driving under the influence (DUI) arrest and subsequent conviction in September after LateNightHoops.com broke the story early Friday afternoon.
However, it did not appear Friday that Smith knew the status of the Miami felony case. Per @NadineBabu’s Twitter while Ms. Babu was at the team’s media day, “Tubby said he doesn’t know if this DUI has anything to do with violating probation, ask his lawyer.”
In February of this year, Mbakwe was found guilty of second degree felony battery in Miami related to an attack on a young woman in April, 2009. This summer’s DUI in Minnesota was a violation of probation in that felony case.
The DUI also represented a probation violation related to a harassment conviction late in 2011.
While the respective courts have handed down punishments for the DUI conviction and harassment probation violation already, far more serious penalties could be forthcoming this Friday in Florida.
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