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Indiana basketball’s Mackenzie Mgbako charged with Class A misdemeanor, will play in exhibition game


Indiana basketball freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako was formally charged with a Class A misdemeanor for trespassing by the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday afternoon. Despite the charge, Mgbako will still play in Indiana’s season-opening exhibition game against the University of Indianapolis on Sunday. 

Related: IU Basketball’s Mackenzie Mgbako arrested on criminal trespass, resisting law enforcement charges 

“He will be playing,” Indiana head coach Mike Woodson said in a Zoom press conference Friday morning. “He’s been practicing, and all that’s behind us. We’ve got to move forward.” 

Mgbako received the charge following an incident at Taco Bell located on 3001 E. Third Street in the early hours of Oct. 22. Mgbako was denied service before refusing to leave the drive through. He then did not cooperate with police officers for 15 minutes. 

Mgbako is a 5-star recruit from Gladstone, New Jersey. Indiana plays UIndy at 1 p.m. Sunday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

CORRECTION: A previous version of the story misstated the date of the press conference.

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