From a basketball standpoint, nearly everything has gone wrong for Fab Melo since he arrived at Syracuse. Now, some off-the-court troubles that involve an alleged domestic dispute with an unidentified woman who's been offered "protection" from Melo.
The highly touted sophomore center was charged with fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal mischief Wednesday morning, showing up to court on his own account, essentially turning himself in.
"Melo is accused of reaching through the open driver's side window of a 2003 Chevrolet Impala," according to Syracuse.com, "and breaking the turn signal control arm making the turn signal, headlight high beam control and windshield wiper control inoperable."
On the surface, it appears there was an argument between Melo and said woman. Melo was flanked in court by Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine, according to the Post-Standard.
Melo, who averaged a paltry 2.3 points per game in 2010-11, will return to Syracuse court June 14 for a hearing. It's unclear whether that hearing will bring about a fine, community service, etc.
Defense lawyer Gary Sommer said Melo is accused of damaging a piece of an automobile. He declined to provide any further details of the incident.
A plea of not guilty was entered for Melo.
Sommer said Melo appeared voluntarily in court today after being called in to be questioned about the incident.
Simply not good news for a player who was in Jim Boeheim's doghouse for the majority of last season.