In case you haven’t heard, Bubu Palo has been reinstated on Monday after sexual assault charges were dropped on Spencer Cruise and the Iowa State men’s basketball player. Now after being reinstated, are there any more hurdles and when exactly will Bubu see the court?
According to Palo’s attorney, Matt Boles, the sworn testimony and the victim’s blouse didn’t match up after forensics analysis. The case was then thrown out.
From an earlier report in Ames Tribune back on November 16th, Palo and the victim texted each other and eventually Cruise and Palo picked the woman up on her request. Boles had evidence that Palo and the woman had previously been in a sexual relationship and that the alleged assault was consensual.
Regardless of whether you believe Palo shouldn’t have but himself in that position or not, or he was unjustly accused for doing nothing wrong, the main thing is that there is no reason for Bubu not to be reinstated without any pending charges.
Now, the question is when will Palo play, and where does he fit after missing all this time?
It’s hard to say. I’m not expecting him to play any sort of valuable minutes until next month, although he may see some time on the floor for a few minutes or if there’s any garbage time late in a game. I definitely wouldn’t expect to see him out there this week.
Palo had an injury last season that kept him playing as much as the season before, but I’d expect his average to be around 10-15 minutes a game again assuming he’s in shape and nothing else in the case remains closed. He averaged 13.8 minutes and 4.0 points last season.
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