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Ex-girlfriend: MU player cheated at Barton

August 2, 2003


— Ricky Clemons' ex-girlfriend told prosecutors the former Missouri basketball player was given answers to exams while attending a Kansas junior college, according to court records.

Officials at Barton County Community College in Great Bend expressed surprise Friday when the Associated Press inquired about Jessica Bunge's allegation, which became the basis of a prosecutor's questions during depositions of University of Missouri-Columbia athletic officials.

"We don't condone cheating in any capacity," said Mike Dawes, a spokesman for the community college. "I'm sure someone will be looking into it, but I can't tell you at this point what we will do. We would welcome anyone with any information about this to come forward."

Clemons attended the community college to boost a shaky academic record and gain admission to Missouri.

Clemons pleaded guilty in April to a false imprisonment charge arising from a January incident at his apartment involving Bunge. He is serving a 60-day sentence in the Boone County Jail and has been kicked off the basketball team. A jailer said Friday that Clemons didn't want to talk to reporters.

The allegations surfaced in depositions released Thursday evening under court order. Prosecutor Kevin Crane said he shaped his deposition questions partly from law enforcement interviews with Bunge.

In the March 6 deposition of Missouri coach Quin Snyder, Crane quoted Bunge as saying of Clemons, "He was cheating on his exams out there."

"Do you know anything about that?" the prosecutor asked Snyder.

"I don't know anything about that," the coach replied.

Friday, Snyder told the AP in a telephone interview that he had no knowledge of allegations of Clemons cheating in school. "I know absolutely nothing about that," the coach said.

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