Fab Melo - 10 Page Paper, Death

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Fab Melo's 10 page paper incident occurred in 2012.  The center was academically ineligible to play basketball after the first semester of his sophomore year at Syracuse.  To restore his eligibility, a professor told Melo that he could turn in extra work to improve a grade that he received in 2011.  Fab had to write a 4-5 page essay that included citations.


Melo originally received a C- on the paper.  His grade was changed to a B- after he resubmitted the essay.  A year had passed since Melo took the course, raising concern amongst school officials.  An investigation proved that Syracuse's director of basketball operations, Stan Kissel and the basketball receptionist, Debora Belanger wrote the paper for Melo.

Fab Melo 10 Page Paper Death
Fab Melo 10 Page Paper Death

The paper was 4-5 pages but Syracuse's basketball coach, Jim Boeheim referred to it as a "10 page paper" during a press conference.

Fab Melo Death

On February 11, 2017, the former NBA player was found dead in Brazil.  According to multiple media outlets, the former Syracuse star suffered a heart attack.


In the tweet above, Danny Ainge describes Melo as a good kid with a big heart.  Ainge played for the Boston Celtics from 1981-1989.  He's currently the team's general manager.  Melo played for the Celtics from 2012-2013.


Melo's former Syracuse coach, Jim Boeheim sends his condolences in the above tweet.


Former Boston Celtics player, Paul Pierce shares his condolences in the tweet above.  Pierce and Fab were teammates from 2012-2013.