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Student Arrested For Assault After Debate Over Michael Jordan And LeBron James

Have you ever gotten in an argument with a friend over something stupid, maybe something related to sports? Of course you have, you’re only human. Have you ever gotten in an argument that resulted in you receiving felony charges? I would hope not.

On Saturday, April 18, at around 3:49 a.m., two roommates got into a heated discussion over who is the greatest basketball player of all time — LeBron James or Michael Jordan. I call it a discussion because, although people can talk about other basketball legends, nobody is better than Michael Jordan, not even King James.

However, it seems that 22-year old Penn State student Daniel Mondelice had a very staunch opinion on that debate. Once the argument began, Mondelice came at his roommate even more viciously than MJ came at Reggie Miller back in 1993. Now, I am always a proponent of focusing your inner hall of famer, but His Heirness and Baby Bron Bron have always made sure to release their anger on the court, rather than through physical violence. In this case, though, police arrived at Calder Commons and arrested Mondelice, who was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault, and ordered not to return to his apartment except with a police escort.

After he was released from custody, Monedelice went to stay with friends at University Gateway, who said he could sleep over for a short time. He apparently became a bit of an unwanted house guest, and when asked to leave became verbally aggressive. Perhaps the women he was staying with tried to toss Kobe Bryant and Bill Russell in the discussion. Regardless, the police were phoned a second time at 6:33 p.m. on Saturday, prompting Mondelice to take his argument to the true home of basketball trash talk: The streets.

Ball don’t lie, however, and the police eventually caught up, slapping him with criminal trespassing and harassment on top of it all.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, but regardless the outcome, he will almost surely be looking for a new place to live. Let’s hope his next roommate doesn’t watch much basketball.

(h/t: The Daily Collegian)

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Ben Rappaport

is a junior English and Journalism major at Penn State. He loves spending way too much money on concerts and music festivals. Ben can usually be found walking around campus listening to Kanye West. A fun fact about him is he once was resuscitated from unconsciousness by Pusha T's verse on the song "Mercy." Feel free to contact him at [email protected] or follow him on twitter at @Benrappp.


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