ISU removes Bubu Palo from basketball team

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AMES — Two and a half hours before Iowa State kicked off the 2013 football season, basketball made some news. It wasn’t positive news either. 

The Des Moines Register first reported on Saturday afternoon that senior point guard Bubu Palo had been removed from the program. The university confirmed the report via a press release, which is posted below. 

University release

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University has determined that Bubu Palo will no longer be a member of its men’s basketball team, effective immediately. 

Palo was charged last September with second degree sexual abuse related to an incident in May, 2012. He was then suspended from the team. 

His legal charge was later dropped in January, 2013, by the Story County District Attorney and Palo was reinstated to the basketball team. 

Palo was also found to be innocent of a violation of the Iowa State University Office of Judicial Affairs’ (OJA) Student Code of Conduct. 

After an appeal was submitted this summer, the original decision has been overturned. As a result of being found in violation of the student code of conduct, the university has determined Palo can no longer be a member of the basketball team. 

Palo, a senior from Ames, played in 17 games last year and averaged 2.8 points per game. He was suspended 18 games last year after being charged. 

Student disciplinary matters are covered by federal privacy laws and, as a result, Iowa State University will have no further comment. 

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.