Years of probation remain for former Tiger

Updated: August 24, 2003, 5:08 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Former Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons was released from jail Sunday after completing a 60-day sentence after pleading guilty to false imprisonment of his former girlfriend.

Clemons declined to answer questions as he left the Boone County Jail carrying two plastic sacks filled with his possessions.

Clemons was jailed in July after a judge ruled he violated terms that had allowed him to stay in a halfway house after his guilty plea in April to a misdemeanor charge of falsely imprisoning Jessica Bunge.

Missouri, which had suspended the junior point guard for a year, dismissed Clemons from the team and revoked his scholarship. He no longer is enrolled at the school.

Clemons still must serve two years of supervised probation for his second guilty plea, to a misdemeanor charge of third-degree domestic assault.

Clemons was arrested in January after Bunge alleged to police that he choked her, pulled her hair and wouldn't allow her to leave his apartment for more than an hour after she refused to watch a movie with him.

He originally was charged with a felony count of domestic abuse, but the charge was reduced to the two misdemeanors when he entered his guilty pleas.

The NCAA is separately investigating allegations made by the former girlfriend that Clemons received cash and clothing and cheated on exams while playing for Missouri.


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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