Hey, Remember When Fab Melo Got Benched In February?

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Fab Melo #51 of the Syracuse Orange takes a shot over Julian Vaughn #22 of the Georgetown Hoyas during a college basketball game on February 26, 2011 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC The Orange 58-51. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Update: Fab Melo stories are coming out of the woodwork faster than I can keep up with. Jameson Fleming spoke with "two sources who are involved with the program’s daily operations" and heard what's becoming a very familiar story.

A brief timeline reminder..

February 10th & 11th - Fab Melo missed practice. According to reports at the time, he does not inform Coach Boeheim and the staff he will be missing practice. At the time, he says:

"I had some personal problems with my family...My head wasn’t for practice. So that’s why I didn’t practice.’’

February 12th - Syracuse plays Louisville, Fab Melo does not play.

February 14th - Syracuse plays West Virginia, Fab Melo does not play.

February 19th - Syracuse plays Rutgers, Fab Melo plays a wee bit.

From there on out, Melo re-integrates himself back into the line-up.

So, at the time, the explanation and the punishment seemed to work just fine. I don't remember reading too much into it. Well, given the current circumstances, perhaps we should have...

According to Ted Conroy at Orange Fizz, the reason Melo got benched had a little more to it...

 According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, an incident occured on Wednesday, February 9th.

"Fab pushed his [girlfriend] to the ground. She had to go to the hospital. She had several bruises… she claimed she fell down the stairs."

Following that, according to the source, Melo "turned off his phone and left. Coaches couldn’t get in contact with him. Two days later he said he was dealing with personal issues in Brazil."

That is a pretty strong accusation to throw down. I know Ted and trust him if he say his source is credible. So...if true...wow.

I don't know what Jim Boeheim's doing right now, but we're about to get to the point where he's gonna have to surface and respond to all of this. Sooner rather than later.

I think Pat sums it up best...

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

You must be a member of Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician. You should read them.

Join Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

You must be a member of Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker