October 19, 2012
This morning in Miami, a court handed down penalties to University of Minnesota basketball player Trevor Mbakwe after he violated terms of his probation in a felony battery case. Mbakwe, 23, had been found guilty of felony battery this past February and was facing a wide range of potential punishments in the case after a DUI arrest this summer.
While Mbakwe’s legal cases appear to be sorted out now, whether the NCAA had all relevant information provided to them when they approved a Five-Year Waiver Rule for the star forward remains a question for some.
The most significant development this morning was that prior to criminal court going into session, the civil attorney for the victim of the felony battery was present and met with Mbakwe’s criminal defense attorney.
During the meeting, a confidential civil settlement was reached but the terms were not disclosed to the prosecutor or the criminal court. In return for the promise of what may be a substantial retribution payment to the victim if Mbakwe is an NBA first round draft pick, the victim’s attorney requested that the criminal court limit Mbakwe’s punishment to additional probation.
The 6’8″, 245 power forward figures to get some consideration from NBA teams despite a history of injuries and criminal offenses. LateNightHoops.com projects Mbakwe as a potential second-round draft pick in the 2013 draft.
Probation for Mbakwe was extended and is now scheduled to end in two years instead of this spring and the type of probation was enhanced to require regular reporting. He is also currently on probation for two Minnesota cases in different counties.
After his September DUI conviction and hearing for a probation violation on a harassment conviction, Mbakwe has been required to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and see a sports psychologist. The judge in Miami instructed him to continue with both of these requirements and directed Mbakwe to attend at least three AA meetings per week.
In addition, 480 hours of community service were ordered to be performed over the next two years.
The University of Minnesota had not issued a public statement as of the time of this release. It is unclear whether they intend to do so.
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