| ||Associated Press|
HADLEY, Mass. -- Massachusetts basketball star Monty Mack
will have a misdemeanor shoplifting charge dismissed if he stays
out of trouble for the next six months.
Mack, 23, admitted to sufficient facts for a guilty finding
Tuesday before Northampton District Court Judge James McElroy four
days after he was arrested leaving a Kmart store near the Amherst
campus with seven DVD movies worth $159.93 hidden in his sweat
McElroy continued the case for six months and said he would
dismiss the charge if Mack stays out of trouble.
"Everybody's human and I made a mistake," said Mack, a
three-year starter. "I've apologized to my mom, the coaches, the
team and the university."
The fifth-year guard from Boston led the Minutemen with 19.8
points per game last season.
Mack, who played at South Boston High School, sat out his
freshman year after failing to meet NCAA academic eligibility
requirements, but gained a fourth year of playing eligibility,
under NCAA rules, when he completed his degree in four years.
Coach James "Bruiser" Flint suspended Mack for the first three
games of the season -- two exhibition games and the regular-season
opener on Nov. 18.
The team opens practice at midnight Friday.