By Matt Norlander
One of the bigger offseason stories that isn't getting as much attention as it should is the saga with Fab Melo at Syracuse. The Orange sophomore's appearance in Syracuse City domestic court has been pushed back to June 23, according to the Post-Standard. It was originally scheduled for today, June 14.
The details of why the date was pushed back were not reported.
Melo was arraigned in court June 1 for an incident that took place at his girlfriend's house in late May. The details and allegations from that incident are ugly and don't put Melo in any sort of positive light. In fact, they make the highly touted Brazilian center look petty, jealous and possibly chemically imbalanced.
More background: an off-record source told CollegeHoopsJournal.com Melo has been plagued by anger issues since he arrived on campus last fall.
No matter, the detailed incident at hand is unsettling and something Syracuse athletics is no doubt looking at right now. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim hasn't spoken on the record about Melo's current ordeal, which is no surprise, considering it's an ongoing legal mater.
The outcome of Melo's case could eventually have an effect on the sophomore center's situation with the basketball team, but we may not have an answer on that for a few more weeks, or longer, depending on what the courts decide and then what Boeheim does afterward.
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