TIME remembrances

Major League Baseball’s First Black Latino Star Minoso Dies

In a Aug. 24, 2013 file photo, former Negro Leaguer and Chicago White Sox player Minnie Minoso stands during the national anthem before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers, in Chicago
David Banks—AP Minnie Minoso stands during the national anthem before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers in Chicago on Aug. 24, 2013

"There has never been a better ambassador for the game or for the White Sox than Minnie"

(CHICAGO) — When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the “Cuban Comet” was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox.

It was one amazing ride for the seemingly ageless slugger, who died early Sunday morning after helping clear the way for generations of minority ballplayers, including a long list of stars from his home country.

“I know we’re all going to go at some time, but I had gotten to the point where I really thought Minnie was going to live forever,” White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said. “There has never been a better ambassador for the game or for the White Sox than Minnie.”

Minoso, who made his major league debut just two years after Jackie Robinson and turned into the game’s first black Latino star, died of natural causes, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. There is some question about Minoso’s age, but the medical examiner’s office and the White Sox said he was 90.

Minoso’s death comes on the heels of the loss of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks, who passed away on Jan. 23 at age 83.

“For Minnie, every day was a reason to smile, and he would want us all to remember him that way, smiling at a ballgame,” Minoso’s family said in a statement released by the team. “As he so often said, ‘God Bless you, my friends.'”

Minoso played 12 of his 17 seasons in Chicago, hitting .304 with 135 homers and 808 RBIs for the White Sox. The White Sox retired his No. 9 in 1983 and there is a statue of Minoso at U.S. Cellular Field.

For Minoso’s many admirers, his absence from the Hall of Fame remains a sore spot. President Barack Obama, a longtime White Sox fan, praised Minoso for his speed, power and “resilient optimism” while helping integrate baseball in the 1950s.

“Minnie may have been passed over by the Baseball Hall of Fame during his lifetime, but for me and for generations of black and Latino young people, Minnie’s quintessentially American story embodies far more than a plaque ever could,” Obama said.

Minoso made his major league debut with Cleveland in 1949 and was dealt to the White Sox in a three-team trade two years later. He became major league baseball’s first black player in Chicago on May 1, 1951, and homered in his first plate appearance against Yankees right-hander Vic Raschi.

It was the dawn of a long relationship between the slugger and the White Sox.

Minoso, a Havana native who spent most of his career in left field, is one of only two players to appear in a major league game in five different decades. He got his final hit in 1976 at age 53 and went 0 for 2 in two games in 1980 for the White Sox, who hired him as a team ambassador after his playing career and repeatedly lobbied for his inclusion in Cooperstown.

“I think that everybody has to respect his legacy because he did so much for the Latin players, for the Cubans, for everybody because when he arrived here it was a tough time because of racism and discrimination,” said White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, another Cuban star. “He wrote a huge legacy for all of us.”

Saturnino Orestes Armas Minoso Arrieta was selected for nine All-Star games and won three Gold Gloves in left. He was hit by a pitch 192 times, ninth on baseball’s career list, and finished in the top four in AL MVP voting four times.

Despite the push by the White Sox and other prominent Latin players, Minoso has never come close to making it to the Hall. His highest percentage during his 15 years on the writers’ ballot was 21.1 in 1988. He was considered by the Veterans Committee in 2014 and fell short of the required percentage for induction.

“My last dream is to be in Cooperstown, to be with those guys,” Minoso said in an informational package produced by the team for a 2011 Cooperstown push. “I want to be there. This is my life’s dream.”

Minoso, who made his major league debut with Cleveland in 1949, hit .298 for his career with 186 homers and 1,023 RBIs. The speedy Minoso also led the AL in triples and steals three times in each category.

Playing in an era dominated by the Yankees, he never played in the postseason.

“He gave you 100 percent at all times,” former teammate Billy Pierce said. “You have to rate him with the better ballplayers of all time.”

Minoso finished that first season in Chicago with a .326 batting average, 10 homers and 76 RBIs in 146 games for the Indians and White Sox. He also had a major league-best 14 triples and an AL-best 31 steals.

It was Minoso’s first of eight seasons with at least a .300 batting average. He also had four seasons with at least 100 RBIs.

“I have baseball in my blood,” Minoso said. “Baseball is all I’ve ever wanted to do.”

TIME mma

After 14-Second Victory, Will We See a Rousey vs. Justino Matchup?

UFC 184: Rousey v Zingano
Jeff Bottari—Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images Ronda Rousey celebrates her victory over Cat Zingano in their bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2015

So much to say, so little time.

Like, 14 seconds.

No, that’s not the amount of time we have here to illustrate, assess, and sing the praises of Ronda Rousey — we could go on for an eternity, and we will, long after she’s finished decorating what might become the gaudiest resume in the annals of fighting.

That “14 seconds” was in reference to the slim chapter added this weekend to The Book On Ronda Rousey, because that’s all the time it took her to finish off the woman she’d described before their fight as “the toughest chick I’ve ever come across.” Cat Zingano contributed greatly to the brevity of the UFC 184 main event Saturday night, charging across the octagon at the start with a bold, if reckless, flying knee. From there we got a concise clinic on virtuosity, all courtesy of the champion.

A lot happened in those 14 seconds at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and that it happened so quickly made its precision all the more astonishing. The flying knee missed, but Zingano used her momentum to grab hold of Rousey and drag her to the canvas. It was “Rowdy Ronda” who landed in the advantageous position, though, and that was no accident. She’s been scrambling at a high level ever since she was a teenage judoka with an Olympic dream. So of course Ronda ended up on top. She always does.

From there, Rousey’s transition to a submission hold was swift and a bit abra cadabra. Seeing her finish with an armbar was nothing new — that’s always been her weapon of choice, as inimitable and inevitable as a Kareem skyhook. She has ended nine of her 11 victories with armbars. But none from the past were quite like this one, which came out of nowhere, like a rabbit from a top hat. It was all legs and hips that trapped the right arm and in one instant snuffed out all nine of Cat’s lives.

Fourteen seconds. The fastest finish ever in a UFC championship fight, and tied for the fastest submission in the promotion’s two-decade history. It was Rousey’s eighth win in under a minute. Her last two fights have gone a combined 30 seconds. Her last three, barely a minute and a half.

To refer to Ronda Rousey as dominant — as we’ve done ever since she burst on the scene in 2011 and ascended to the top of the game in less than a year — now feels like understatement. We’re watching early Mike Tyson carving a path of destruction.

But where does Rousey Road lead from here?

“Rowdy Ronda” already has established herself as the biggest star in the UFC. The buy rate for UFC 184, the third pay-per-view Rousey has headlined, might not bear that out, but star power takes many forms. Ronda is the one athlete in the promotion whose appeal has crossed over into the mainstream, both in sports and in the culture at large. She appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and was in the ESPN Magazine Body Issue. Within the next few months, she has two major Hollywood movies coming out, Furious 7 and Entourage. Late-night talk show hosts from Conan to Kimmel love having her on. She’s burst out beyond the MMA bubble.

Inside the octagonal bubble, though, what’s next? Now that Rousey has taken out Zingano, there simply are no challengers left in the UFC women’s bantamweight division. There are only sell jobs. Carnival barker Dana White will be getting back to us about one of them someday soon, but on Saturday night Rousey took the opportunity to address the situation herself. “I was really impressed with Holly Holm tonight; I always like to test myself against that level of striking,” she said during an interview in the cage after her short night’s work. “And Bethe Correia, she’s undefeated; I’d like to take that ‘0’ away from her.”

Hmm. Let’s just say that if Rousey’s armbar skills were at the level of her salesmanship chops, she wouldn’t have a single win on her record. Sorry, Ronda, we’re not buying either Holm or Correia as a legitimate threat. Yes, Holly won in Saturday’s co-main event, but a split decision victory over Raquel Pennington doesn’t beget a title shot. And as for Bethe, sure, she’s beaten two of Rousey’s close friends, so there’s some heat there. But neither Jessamyn Duke nor Shayna Baszler was ranked, and neither have been any of the others on whom the Brazilian has built her 9-0 record. Because the UFC loves a good story line, Correia might indeed get the next shot. But she has no shot.

There’s only one fight for Ronda Rousey. The UFC knows this. It was no coincidence that on the same weekend that the 29-year-old Californian was defending her belt at the Staples Center, the company’s online streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, broadcast an MMA show held two miles away at Shrine Auditorium. Headlining the Invicta FC card was a 46-second KO by Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, who before Rousey came along was the alpha female of combat sports. She believes she still is, and she’s not alone in that belief. It’s time to find out.

There are complications. There always are complications (see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao). Justino competes at 145 pounds, Rousey at 135. And because Ronda is the champion of her division, both she and Dana White have insisted that a “Cyborg” bout must be contested at bantamweight. Justino, a 29-year-old out of Curitiba, Brazil, has said she’ll try to cut those extra 10 pounds for what would be the biggest fight in women’s MMA and one of the biggest in the sport, period.

Justino’s manager, George Prajin, told ESPN that “we’re working hand-in-hand with the UFC.” There’s even a plan in place: “Cyborg” will fight July 10 for Invicta at 145 pounds, then make the cut to 135 for another Invicta bout in the fall. If all goes well, Rousey vs. Justino could happen by the end of the year.

This makes some sense from a business standpoint, even as it applies to personnel matters. It allows Justino to take her time with the weight cut, and allows Rousey to go off and film a movie — a plan she alluded to in Saturday’s post-fight press conference, without revealing the film she’ll be working on. Invicta gets a couple more nights in the spotlight. The UFC maybe gets to squeeze in a less risky Rousey defense. Building up the suspense a little appears to work for all parties involved.

Well, almost all parties. The fans’ hopes must hang in the balance while all of this plays out. Maybe the Tyson Effect has numbed us to the lack of competition in front of Rousey. Maybe plopping down $60 to watch a 14-second fight is a worthwhile expenditure when you consider that you’re witnessing greatness unparalleled. But patience is a virtue not shared by sports fans. We see a fight for the ages on the horizon, and we want to reach that horizon posthaste. We want John McCathy to be standing in the octagon RIGHT NOW, flanked by Ronda Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino, and to say “Let’s get it on!” We don’t want to wait till year’s end to hear those words.

If I am “Cyborg,” I’m skipping dessert tonight. I am immediately declaring myself to be the love child of Mike Dolce and Jenny Craig. I am going to get to 135 pounds as quickly as I can, because that’s where the money is. And it might not still be there if I take my sweet time. Stuff happens. Maybe Ari Gold, fresh off the Entourage set, makes Rousey a Hollywood offer that takes the fight out of her.

The other reason Justino should act with haste: Rousey gets better and better every passing day. If this summit meeting had taken place around the time when Ronda defeated Miesha Tate for the Strikeforce belt, “Cyborg” likely would have been the favorite. (It cannot be ignored that one good reason the fight couldn’t have taken place was that, following a December 2011 fight in that same promotion, Justino tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol.) Back then, Ronda was an Olympic medal-winning judoka with no standup game to speak of. Today, she’s rounded out her skill set and is an all-around elite fighter.

Factoring in the significant “Cyborg” weight cut, I’d now favor Rousey if this fight comes to be. But, actually, I’d prefer that there be no extra cut. If Ronda were to defeat a Justino who looks gaunt from a severe weight loss, it would taint the victory. There still would be doubts.

There’s no need for doubts. Rousey won her Olympic judo bronze medal at 70 kilograms, or 154 pounds. She began her MMA career at 145 pounds. Why not meet “Cyborg” halfway, at 140? That’d be a badass move, and Ronda is as badass an athlete as there is. C’mon, save us from having to cover our eyes while Rousey and Justino ravage overmatched stopgap opponents in the meantime.

Let’s make the thing happen, UFC belt be damned. The belt is a marketing tool, and this fight needs no such thing. It will sell itself. It already has. On a weekend in LA when a 145-pound Cris “Cyborg” Justino won in 46 seconds and 135-pound champ Ronda Rousey got it done even more quickly, in 14 seconds, the fight that needs to be made is right there in front of us. Dana White & Co. even can recycle a promotional line of recent vintage. The time is now.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME Basketball

James Harden Kicks LeBron James in Groin During Rockets’ Win

Houston Rockets guard James Harden appeared to kick Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in the groin during the third quarter of Houston’s 105-103 win in overtime.

The kick came after James tried grabbing the ball from Harden as Harden was falling backward. Once on the ground, Harden’s left foot appeared to kick James.

After the game, Cavaliers players were upset Harden wasn’t ejected for the kick.

Harden said his kick was not intentional.

James was also involved in an earlier incident with Rockets guard Patrick Beverley in the third quarter. After Beverley tried to take a charge on James as he was driving to the hoop, James landed on top of Beverely before the two shoved each other.

James finished with a game-high 37 points, in addition to eight rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Cavaliers (37-24). He did miss two key free throws in overtime to seal the win for Houston. Harden led the Rockets (41-18) with 33 points, adding eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Beverley scored 12 points with five rebounds and five assists.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME Football

Marshawn Lynch on Super Bowl Call: I Was Expecting the Ball

Super Bowl XLIX - New England Patriots v Seattle Seahawks
Kevin C. Cox—Getty Images Marshawn Lynch handles the ball during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 1, 2015

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch expected to receive the ball on a crucial play with less than a minute to go in the Super Bowl, according to an ESPN.com report.

Lynch initially did not address reporters after the Seahawks 28-24 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 49, in which Seattle, trailing by four on second down from the one-yard line, opted for a quick Russell Wilson pass instead of a run to the prolific Lynch.

New England intercepted the pass, sealing the Patriots’ win.

On Sunday, Lynch spoke publicly about the play call on a television show in Turkey, where he and Carolina Panthers‘ Deangelo Williams were representing the American Football Without Barriers program.

“To be honest with you, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I was expecting the ball. Yes, I was expecting the ball. But in life, these things happen. Like I told a reporter after the game, it’s a team sport,” he said in the interview.

“I had no problem with the decision of the play calling. I mean, you know, I think it was more of a … how do I say this? When you look at me, and you let me run that ball in, I am the face of the nation. You know, MVP of the Super Bowl, that’s pretty much the face of the nation at that point of time.

“I don’t know what went into that call. I mean, maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t get the ball. I mean, you know, it cost us the Super Bowl. I mean, I have full … I have full confidence in my teammates to execute that plan because we’ve done it so many more times. But would I love to had the ball in? Yes, I would have.

The Seahawks reportedly offered Lynch a ‘huge’ contract extension just hours before the Super Bowl. The free agent is reportedly considering retirement, however, and has not made up his mind about whether he’ll sign with another team.

In 2014, Lynch ran for 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns to help lead Seattle to its second consecutive Super Bowl.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME NBA

NBA Star Garnett to Give Away 1,000 Tickets

NBA: Washington Wizards at Minnesota Timberwolves
Jesse Johnson—USA Today Sports Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett (21) pounds his chest before a game against the Washington Wizards at Target Center on feb. 25, 2015.

"Enjoy the game on me"

Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett has purchased 1,000 tickets to an upcoming Timberwolves game to give away to the team’s fans as a gesture of appreciation, the team announced Sunday.

Beginning at 9 a.m. central time Monday, fans can sign up to claim tickets for that evening’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at a dedicated website. The first 500 fans to register will receive a pair of tickets.

Kevin Garnett: The Kid who changed the game (and the Timberwolves)

The 19-year NBA veteran played in Minnesota for 12 seasons before being traded to Boston prior to the 2007-08 season.

After spending a season and a half with the Brooklyn Nets, the 38 year old was traded back to his original team on Feb. 19 for Thaddeus Young.

“The response and support I’ve received from Wolves fans since my return to Minnesota has been nothing short of amazing. It’s been unbelievable,” Garnett said in a statement.

“As a gesture of thanks, I would like to treat some fans to Monday night’s game against the Clippers. Love you all, and thanks for the love. Enjoy the game on me.”

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME Basketball

New York Knicks Star Anthony Mason Dead at 48

New York Knicks Anthony Mason during game against Chicago Bu
Linda Cataffo—New York Daily News/Getty Images Anthony Mason during a game against the Chicago Bulls, May 12, 1996.

The 6-foot-7 Mason won the NBA's Sixth Man award in 1995

The New York Knicks say Anthony Mason, a rugged power forward who was a defensive force for several NBA teams in the 1990s, has died. He was 48.

Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz confirmed Mason’s death, which was first reported Saturday by the New York Daily News.

The 6-foot-7 Mason won the NBA’s Sixth Man award in 1995 with a Knicks team that was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs in one of its classic clashes with the Indiana Pacers.

Mason played for New York from 1991-1996, and then for the Charlotte Hornets until 2000. He made his only All-Star team in 2001 as a member of the Miami Heat.

TIME Crime

Ex-Louisville Guard Chris Jones Pleads Not Guilty to Rape, Sodomy Charges

Duke v Louisville
Joe Robbins—Getty Images Chris Jones of the Louisville Cardinals looks on against the Duke Blue Devils during the game at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, on Jan. 17, 2015

Former Louisville guard Chris Jones pleaded not guilty to charges of raping one woman and sodomizing another, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

A judge released Jones to home incarceration and set his cash bond at $25,000 after Jones appeared in court on Thursday. Two others, Tyvon Walker and Jalen Tilford, were arrested and charged in the incident, according to the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.

Walker was charged with one count of rape and held on $75,000 bond. Tilford is charged with one count of rape and one count of sodomy. His bail is set at $100,000.

You can view a copies of Jones’ arrest warrants here. (WARNING: Contains graphic content.)

According to the warrant, Jones is accused of forcing one alleged victim to engage in vaginal and anal intercourse. The woman was able to identify Jones because she recognized him as a University of Louisville basketball player. She also said that Jones told her his name.

A second warrant states that Jones, and two other individuals, allegedly forced the second victim to have oral and vaginal intercourse. She also identified Jones from the basketball team.

The alleged incidents both occurred on Sunday, according to the warrant.

In a separate incident on Feb. 17, Jones had reportedly threatened a female student in a text message, according to a Louisville police report, saying he would “smack” her after she “messed up” his room. The woman did not want Jones to be prosecuted.

Jones was suspended from the Louisville program on Feb. 17. He returned to the team two days later and played 36 minutes and scored 17 points in the Cardinals’ 55-53 victory over Miami.

Jones was dismissed from Louisville’s basketball program on Sunday. No reason was given for Jones’ dismissal at the time, but Louisville said in a statement released Thursday that Jones had been dismissed when it learned that he had “violated a curfew and there were other accusations, without knowing specifics.”

Louisville said they can’t comment because of the ongoing investigation and will cooperate with authorities in the matter.

“While Chris is no longer a member our team, we understand that the charges are very serious,” the statement said. “We certainly expect our student-athletes to uphold certain standards, including their treatment of others.”

Jones, a senior, was the team’s third-leading scorer (13.6 points per game) and leader in assists (94) this season.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME remembrance

First Black NBA Player Earl Lloyd Passes Away Aged 86

Earl Lloyd
Edward Kitch—AP Earl Lloyd, Oct. 30, 1972.

The Virginia native was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003

Earl Lloyd, the first black professional NBA player, passed away Thursday at the age of 86.

Known as “the Big Cat,” the 6’5″ forward made his league debut in October 1950, playing for the Washington Capitals. During his legendary career, Lloyd averaged 8.4 points during 560 regular-season NBA games.

Lloyd was also twice included in the CIAA All-America team and was three-time all-conference selection. Lloyd retired in 1960, after serving in the U.S. army, playing for the Detroit Pistons and winning the 1955 NBA championship for the Syracuse Nationals. He was also the NBA’s first black assistant coach in 1968 and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Born in Alexandria, Va., Lloyd is survived by a wife and three sons.

[Charleston Gazette]

TIME Football

Adrian Peterson Can Return to NFL After Suspension Overturned

Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson arrives for a hearing for the appeal of his suspension in New York on Dec. 2, 2014.
Seth Wenig—AP Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson arrives for a hearing for the appeal of his suspension in New York on Dec. 2, 2014.

But it's not yet clear if he'll return to Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson‘s suspension has been overturned by a judge.

In December, the NFL Players Association filed a 75-page lawsuit on Peterson’s behalf against the NFL in U.S. District Court in an attempt to get the suspension overturned. Judge David S. Doty heard arguments in the case on Feb. 6.

The NFL can appeal Judge Doty’s decision overturning the suspension. The league said it would review the ruling.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith issued a statement on Thursday following the judge’s ruling:

“This is a victory for the rule of law, due process and fairness. Our collective bargaining agreement has rules for implementation of the personal conduct policy and when those rules are violated, our union always stands up to protect our players’ rights. This is yet another example why neutral arbitration is good for our players, good for the owners and good for our game.”

Peterson was suspended indefinitely for the remainder of the NFL season in November after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for allegedly hitting his four-year-old son with a switch. The plea came after Peterson was indicted in Texas on charges of child abuse in September, after which he was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.

The running back only played one game in 2014.

Peterson appealed the NFL’s indefinite suspension to an arbitrator appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell, but the appeal was denied on Dec. 12.

Under the terms of the suspension, Peterson would not be reinstated until at least April 15, at which point he would have been required to petition Goodell for reinstatement.

Despite the judge’s ruling, Peterson’s future with the Vikings remains unclear. Though he is under contract for next season, the three-time first-team All-Pro running back told ESPN he is “still uneasy” about playing in Minnesota in 2015. Peterson’s agent reportedly had a dispute with Vikings executive Rob Brzezinski at the NFL combine.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

TIME College Basketball

Former Louisville Guard Chris Jones Pleads Not Guilty to Rape and Sodomy Charges

Former Louisville guard Chris Jones in action during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Miami in Louisville, Ky. on Feb. 21, 2015.
Timothy D. Easley—AP Former Louisville guard Chris Jones in action during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Miami in Louisville, Ky. on Feb. 21, 2015.

Jones was dismissed from the team last Sunday

Former Louisville guard Chris Jones pleaded not guilty to charges of raping a woman and sodomizing another, according to a report in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

An arrest warrant was issued against Jones on Wednesday.

A judge released Jones to home incarceration and set his cash bond at $25,000 after Jones appeared in court on Thursday. Two others, Tyvon Walker and Jalen Tilford, were arrested and charged in the incident, according to the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.

Walker was charged with one count of rape and held on $75,000 bond and Tilford is charged with one count of rape, one count of sodomy and has a $100,000 bail.

According to the Courier-Journal‘s report, one of the women identified Jones after she was hospitalized by the assault, which occurred on Saturday night. The warrant says one of the women is 19 and the other is 20.

Jones was dismissed from Louisville’s basketball program on Sunday and had been previously suspended by the team for violating its rules. No reason was given for Jones’ dismissal.

“He’s finished,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said on Sunday. “There won’t be any comment.”

In a separate incident, Jones reportedly threatened a female student in a text message, according to a Louisville police report, saying he would “smack” her after she “messed up” his room. The woman did not want Jones to be prosecuted.

Jones, a senior, was the team’s third-leading scorer (13.6 points per game) and leader in assists (94) this season.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

Your browser, Internet Explorer 8 or below, is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites.

Learn how to update your browser