Clemons’ jail stay complete today

Sunday, August 24, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:15 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 11, 2008

Amid recent developments, including the start of an FBI investigation and the expansion of the NCAA’s inquiry, former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons will be released from Boone County Jail this afternoon.

Clemons’ release comes more than a week after the FBI requested 28 hours of phone records and Clemons’ incoming and outgoing mail. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department could confirm the release of Clemons’ material but could not comment on what the FBI was interested in because of its ongoing investigation.

The NCAA, meanwhile, is exploring claims Jessica Bunge, Clemons’ ex-girlfriend, made that Clemons received clothing, money, and improper tutoring while with the Tigers. The Missouri athletic department’s internal investigation also is continuing.

After completing his sentence, Clemons will begin two years of supervised court probation. Jim Kniest, public information officer with the Missouri Department of Corrections, said that the conditions of a standard probation include asking for permission to move or leave the state, maintaining a job or enrollment in an approved academic institution, and reporting to one’s parole officer as directed.

Wally Bley, Clemons’ attorney, said Clemons’ probation situation will be fairly standard, but Clemons will be ordered to avoid all contact with Bunge. Bley declined to comment on his client’s plans after release, but he said he did not expect problems to arise regarding the probation.

Clemons has completed the 60-day sentence he received after pleading guilty in April to misdemeanor assault and false imprisonment of Bunge. Circuit Court Judge Gene Hamilton ordered Clemons to remain in jail for the balance of his sentence July 13 after he violated the terms of his work-release program at Reality House in Columbia, where he had completed 18 days of his sentence. Clemons suffered a severe concussion, punctured lung and broken ribs and spent nine days in University Hospital after an all-terrain vehicle accident on UM system president Elson Floyd’s property July 4.

Clemons was removed from the team and had his scholarship revoked July 22.

Clemons averaged 14.2 points in 34 minutes last season, his only one with the Tigers after spending two years of junior college at the College of Southern Idaho.

Bley said that neither he nor Clemons will be available for comment at the time of Clemons’ release. Clemons has refused all interview requests.

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