Trevor Mbakwe, Gophers hoops star, arrested for violating restraining order [UPDATES]
Trevor Mbakwe was arrested Monday.
Another member of the University of Minnesota men's basketball team is in trouble with the law.
Junior Trevor Mbakwe, a 6-foot 8-inch, 240-pound forward, has been arrested because he posted a message on the Facebook page of a woman he was under a court order to stay away from.
Mbakwe was arrested after the woman reported the message to St. Paul police, who in turn contacted University of Minnesota police. They took him into custody at his home in southeast Minneapolis on Monday.
It's not the first time he's had a run-in with police. Mbakwe was accused of assaulting a woman in the parking lot of the Florida apartment complex where they both lived in April 2009, while he was playing for Miami Dade College. After a deal in which he agreed to do 100 hours of community service and stay out of trouble, without admitting guilt, he was allowed to play in Minnesota.
It's a second black eye on Tubby Smith's team in as many years. Star recruit Royce White quit the Gophers at this time last year after a pile of legal woes stemming from a shoplifting incident at the Mall of America Macy's. He transferred to Iowa State after pleading guilty to theft and disorderly conduct.
Update 1: Here's the Facebook message that led to his arrest, via KARE 11:
"I know we haven't talked in forever and trust me I'm not trying to start any drama with nobody in your life or anything. I just wanted to wish u the best with everything and I hope all has been well with you and your family. I am still disappointed how everything played out and I do wish that in the future we could be cool again. Idk how u r going to take this msg hopefully its not bad but I just wanted to wish u a happy new year and send out a congrats for graduating. I've been well I'm finally playin bball again in everything down in miami finally got taken care of thank god. Well idk if u will respond or not but best wishes for 2011."
It may sound non-threatening, but it violates a court order they both signed in 2009.
Update 2: Tubby Smith says Mbakwe won't be suspended.
"Trevor had a lapse in judgment," Smith said. "I believe his actions were well intended, but misguided, and we have made the decision not to suspend him after looking into the matter further. We believe this is the appropriate thing for Trevor and the program at this time. We view this as an educational opportunity for all of our players."
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