Bunge to talk to NCAA about Clemons

The organization wants to ask her about her statements regarding gifts being given.
Thursday, August 7, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:16 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

ST. LOUIS — The NCAA wants to talk to the ex-girlfriend of former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons, apparently about her allegations that Clemons received payments and clothing and was given the answers to a test while at a community college, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.

The woman, Jessica Bunge, has said in depositions and interviews that someone within the basketball program routinely gave Clemons money; that coach Quin Snyder gave Clemons clothing; and that she saw Clemons copy the answers to a test at a Barton County, Kan., community college.

“I haven’t talked to the NCAA yet, but I plan to call them back (soon),” Bunge said. “I guess all I can really do is tell them what I know.”

Bunge said the NCAA had called in the past couple of weeks but renewed efforts, through her father, Jim, after last week’s release of depositions related to Clemons’ court case in which he is accused of choking Bunge.

Assistant coach Lane Odom denied in his deposition that he gave Clemons money. Bunge has said she did not name Odom as the source of the money, but rather another person within the basketball program. Snyder said in his deposition he provided Clemons with a pair of shoes, some sandals and a pair of pants once.

Missouri is conducting an investigation. Bunge said she would speak with Missouri officials if they called.

“We’re just talking to anybody we think might have information to help us along with it,” Associate Athletic Director Sarah Reesman said.

The NCAA has not contacted Missouri, Reesman said. By policy, the NCAA does not comment on specific cases.

Clemons was arrested in January after Bunge said he choked her in a headlock, yanked her hair and wouldn’t allow her to leave his Columbia apartment for about an hour after they argued.

In various law enforcement interviews, Bunge said she met Clemons last summer when he arrived in Columbia, that he lived in her apartment before getting a place and that he had choked her before and once, in a rage, broke a door at her residence.

Bunge attends school in the Chicago area.

In an interview in the Kansas City Star on Wednesday, Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden said the Clemons affair frustrated him but he stood behind Snyder, though he said they hadn’t spoken since Snyder acknowledged giving Clemons clothing and shoes.

“As far as my confidence in Quin and what he’s doing, it’s still the same,” Alden told the Star. “I know he’s working hard. I know he’s trying to do the right things to build the program the way it ought to be. At this time, he hasn’t given me any reason to believe he doesn’t have it going in the right direction.

“We’ve got to learn, though, from these mistakes that have occurred.”

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