The Ricky Clemons story as it unfolded

A timeline of events
Thursday, December 11, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 12:08 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 14, 2008


Jan. 17: Missouri point guard Ricky Clemons is arrested and charged with second-degree domestic assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend, Jessica Bunge. Clemons is suspended for a Jan. 18 game against Oklahoma State. The Tigers lose 76-56.

Jan. 21: Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder reinstates Clemons for a game against Iowa State. Clemons scores 15 points in the Tigers’ 64-59 win.


Feb. 7: Associate Circuit Judge Chris Kelly grants a one-year restraining order for Bunge against Clemons. Bunge filed the petition for the order Jan. 17.

Feb. 19: Clemons enters a not-guilty plea to a felony charge of second-degree domestic assault.


March 9: Clemons’ trial is set for April 29.


April 21: Clemons pleads guilty to two Class A misdemeanor charges of third-degree domestic assault and false imprisonment. Clemons is suspended for the 2003-04 season, but the athletic department says it will honor his scholarship.


June 13: Circuit Court Judge Gene Hamilton sentences Clemons to 60 days jail time. The sentence is for false imprisonment. Clemons receives two years supervised probation for the third-degree domestic assault charge.


July 4: Clemons suffers a severe concussion, broken ribs and a punctured lung when he overturns an ATV at UM system President Elson Floyd’s house. The accident occurs at 9:45 p.m. It is later revealed that Clemons has a 5 p.m. curfew with the Reality House. Floyd says Clemons said his curfew was

10:30 p.m.

July 7: Hamilton orders Clemons to surrender to Boone County Jail within two hours of his release from University Hospital. Hamilton terminates work release privileges that had allowed Clemons to leave Reality House for study sessions.

July 13: Clemons reports to jail.

July 22: MU Athletic Director Mike Alden dismisses Clemons and revokes his scholarship.


Aug. 13: In an interview with the Kansas City Star, ex-girlfriend Bunge says Clemons received extra tutoring while he played basketball at MU. Bunge also says Clemons received money and clothes from Snyder. Snyder had previously admitted to giving Clemons two pairs of shoes and a pair of sweat pants.

Aug. 19: Boone County authorities give

24 hours of recorded jailhouse phone conversations of Clemons to the FBI.

Aug. 24: Clemons is released from jail.

Aug. 25: UM President Floyd expands the university’s investigation of Clemons to include the entire men’s basketball program. Floyd appoints MU Faculty Council President Michael Devaney to take over the inquiry.

Aug. 26: Clemons enrolls in classes at MU.

Aug. 30: Questions regarding Clemons’ academic record come to light in excerpts of sworn depositions from Snyder and assistant basketball coach Lane Odom. The depositions are taken by Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane.


Sept. 18: Brigham Young University begins investigation to see if Clemons received improper academic help in three correspondence courses.

Sept. 24: NCAA begins its investigation of the MU men’s basketball team.


Oct. 16: BYU announces Clemons did not receive improper academic help.


Dec. 9: The Columbia Tribune and St. Louis Post Dispatch print excerpts of Clemons’ telephone conversations taped while he was in jail.

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