Hoiberg suspends Palo from basketball team

Cyclone senior accused of sexual abuse

Rob Gray
Published: September 7 2012 | 9:06 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 12:05 am in
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AMES — Iowa State men’s basketball player Bubu Palo faces second-degree sexual abuse charges and has been suspended indefinitely from the team.

Arrest warrants were recently issued for Palo, 21, and Spencer Cruise, 21.

Both men turned themselves in to authorities this morning, Ames Police Sgt. Rory Echer said.

“I am extremely disappointed to learn of this allegation,” Cyclone Coach Fred Hoiberg said in a statement, “and he is suspended indefinitely for violating our department’s discipline policy.”

Echer said the investigation into the May 18 incident is ongoing.

He said the report of the complaint noted on that date an adult female victim reported being sexually abused by Cruise and Palo — whose given first name is Yempabou.

The victim reported that in the early morning hours of May 18 Cruise and Palo offered to give her a ride home, but instead drove to Cruise’s residence, where the alleged incident occurred.

“Evidence gathered during the investigation was sent to the state DCI lab and both Cruise and Palo’s DNA was identified on the evidence,” Echer said.

ISU’s athletics department “will continue to monitor the situation before making further decisions regarding Palo’s status,” according to a news release.

Palo, an Ames native, averaged 4.0 points in 21 games last season. The former walk-on earned a scholarship in the second semester of last season.

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