Source Close to Victim Tells Fizz Fab Melo’s Temper Caused Suspension

Melo “turned off his phone and left. Coaches couldn’t get in contact with him.”

The news around Fab Melo gets worse, and we may not be far from Syracuse divorcing itself from the player. A source close to the victim tells The Fizz Fab’s temper was a major factor in his two-day February hiatus from the basketball team, ending in suspension.

A report by reveals Melo’s relationship with his girlfriend had been volatile for some time. This comes on the heels of yesterday’s report by Team Fizz that Melo was still under investigation for more serious charges than the misdemeanor he’s been slapped with. A source close to the situation tells The Fizz that a previous time Melo had been aggressive with the victim directly led to his suspension during the season. 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.” The incident was never reported to the police. He was suspended for games Feb. 12 (Louisville) and 14 (West Virginia) and played a total of ten minutes over the next three games.

Officially, Jim Boeheim said Melo was suspended for missing practices. At the time, Melo explained his absence from workouts, I didn’t tell them. (Boeheim) knows I have problems with family, but I didn’t tell him.’’

In the three games following Melo’s return, he played a total of two minutes. Interestingly, this stretch coincided with Boeheim’s seemingly unsolicited attacks on the Post-Standard for its coverage of his losing streak to Rick Pitino. Was The Per’fesser blowing off steam tied to frustration with his freshman center? Or maybe creating a fire to deflect attention on what was happening with Fab?

Fab took to Facebook today to admit at least some guilt and sounded resigned to the fact he will not be returning to the Orange. He referred to his time in America in the past tense.

“When I came to Syracuse, I was supposed to focus on school and bball but things went out of my control, I made mistakes and I will deal with it. These 3 years in U.S. was great for me, some people may think the opposite but what I’ve learned in here nobody will take from me.”

Details from the police report sound like scenes from a Lifetime movie:

“’Here, you want my blood,’ she quoted Melo as saying as he smeared blood on her shirt.

She told them that coming to the police was ‘her last resort,’ records state.

“Melo became angry after reading two comments from two different men on the Facebook wall, she said. Melo threw down his computer on the floor, damaging it. As soon as he realized he had damaged it, he began throwing it against the walls.

Ross went to the apartment’s bathroom and shut the door. She soon left the bathroom, grabbed her belongings and left the apartment. She was in her car when Melo came out of the apartment, picked up some dirt and threw it on her. Melo walked behind the car and demanded she open the trunk.”

These police records confirm the source’s recount of Melo’s most recent incident to The Fizz yesterday during a phone conversation. During that call, the source said “(Fab) started smashing stuff into the ground, then went out and started doing damage to the car.”

First Chief Assistand District Attorney Nick Trunfio declined comment to The Fizz this morning by phone. An email to Gary Sommer, Melo’s defense lawyer, went unreturned.

If Jim Boeheim was willing to entertain the idea of revoking Dion Waiters’ scholarship, how close are we to The Per’fesser washing his hands of the big man bust? Waiters was the best player in SU’s NCAA tourney loss. Melo has been a project and disappointment from the moment he stepped on the floor.

But star or bench player, there’s never going to be tolerance for domestic violence. It appears clear Melo has personal issues and is in need of anger management. It feels like a sad end for one of SU’s most highly-touted recruits of the last decade. But an end that’s probably inevitable after this.

Posted: Ted Conroy

6 Comments on this Post

  1. Last year I supported Fab Melo to all who was critizing him for his play. I even went so far as to say that he would elevate his play and become the NCAA “Player Of The Year and become the #1 draft pick in the NBA.
    I just don’t understand how anyone can throw a future away where making millions of dollars was within their grasp.
    In today’s world there is no excuse (none) for a man to beat and abuse a woman. To me the choice’s he had was simple. When things got heated, all he had to do was get up and leave the apartment or not date this woman ever again.
    Any way you look at it, his career at Syracuse is over and that is sad.

  2. cap2nine

    I agree ron, that Fab is likely done in SU. And, that is very unfortunate! I too was very supportive of him last season and defended him against the critics in the blogs I frequent. Your predictions of NCAA PotY and #1 NBA draft pick were probably unrealistic but he certainly has the body, raw ability and potential to become a true game changer. He absolutely could have developed into a dominant force, helping to propel SU to a National title. Now, I just hope the best for the kid. He needs to get his head straight and own up to this horrible mistake. If he does, he will almost certainly get a 2nd chance, where ever he lands.

  3. Gotta love the internet. People who know nothing about someone’s personal situations feel they have the credibility to pass judgement on sitautions they know little about… because they are a regular chat room poster; and others cede them the attention & credibility they desperately seek. I guess know of you have ever been angry. Might of been a big deal if you were internet famous… but you are not.

  4. They’re not the same people, that’s apples and Tera gold

  5. that coot saying hes ron my father is a FAKE WHO KNOWS WHAT DICK EDD TYPE OF SHIT MAKER WHO WILL DEFO END UP THE SH*T

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