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Abdel Nader Charged With OWI

Well, just in time for Palm Sunday, here's a /facepalm for you.


According to Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune, Iowa State forward Abdel Nader was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated late Saturday. Fred Hoiberg, aware of the charges, has suspended Nader indefinitely.

The Northern Illinois transfer is in Story County Jail on $1,300 bond.

Nader's arrest comes less than 24 hours after Paul Rhoads announced the dismissal of defensive lineman David Irving in the wake of his involvement in this year's VEISHEA riots (but he was really just trying to get everyone to stop, right? RIGHT?).

Needless to say, these are troubling times.

It's pure speculation at this point since we don't know much beyond the basics, but you have to think it will be quite awhile before Nader sees playing time in 2014-15, and if I could don my cape and play Captain Obvious for just a moment, this is not good. Jameel McKay, the other piece to next season's new-look frontcourt will be in street clothes as well until he becomes eligible at the end of the fall semester. And with the departure of Percy Gibson, the Cyclones are now suddenly razor thin in the post.

Look for Hoiberg and Matt Abdelmassih to really set the wheels in motion in the coming weeks and dip into the free agency transfer pool to fill voids that frankly are starting to stack up by the day.