Last week, Mookie Jones took to Facebook to officially announce that his Syracuse Orange basketball career was done. We still didn't have the details but we figured it was academic or related to that commercial he did. Turns out, according to Donna Ditota, it was something much, much weirder...
That assertion stems, in part, from a university decision to suspend him for a year after an SU student accused him of cyberbullying last fall. The student, a 20-year-old female, claimed Jones filled his Facebook page with unflattering characterizations of her.
A police report, dated Oct. 5, 2011, revealed that Syracuse Police responded to a domestic verbal complaint in which a 20-year-old woman accused Jones of posting unflattering information about her on his Facebook page and of harassing her with text messages.
The SU Judicial Board got involved, leading to some kind of suspension from SU, and Jones had to appear in Onondaga Family Court at least once.
Long story short, Jones' eligibility is running out due to the NCAA's "five-year rule," which says an athlete must finish their career in five academic years, barring special circumstances. Since Mookie has basically been out of school since January, he has also stopped his academic progress. Jones wouldn't be allowed to return to SU any earlier than this January even if he wanted to come back, meaning he'd miss the first half of the season.
According to SU, Jones is still eligible and is still under scholarship. That said, he reiterated that he is "done" at SU and told Donna that he is trying to play overseas.
Go read the rest of the article for the details.