Felony Assault-Charged Baller Escapes To Serbia

Athletes have been ducking the consequences of the law for some time. But having one flee to their native Serbia to escape assault charges has to be a first.

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(Official Diplomatic Translation: “Nah-na-na-neh-neh.”)

Binghamton (NY) University sophomore Minja Kovacevic, who came stateside on a basketball scholarship, was arrested last month after kicking some guy’s head in at a nightclub. He was arrested and charged with felony assault. Soon after the Serbian government posted his bail, and apparently smuggled him out of the country.

Kovacevic surrendered his passport upon his arrest, so his current whereabouts are [dramatic pause] unknown! PRESS CONNECTS reports that a federal warrant has now been issued, meaning that the FBI can now trek the world looking for him, including in Serbia, where they will be able to extradite him.

If the folks at the Serbian Consulate knows where he is, they’re not telling.


Serbian Consul General Slobodan Nenadovic said Monday his office is aware of the incident. [He] said Monday he was unable to comment until he knows more about the case.

“I don’t know what else I can tell you,” Nenadovic said.

AMERICA LEAST, the basketball blog that has been following the story from the jump, has the breakdown on the Serbian suspect:

Kovacevic, a 6-foot, 9-inch forward, played in 18 games for BU’s Division I men’s basketball team as a freshman, in the 2006-07 season. He averaged 1.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.3 minutes. He redshirted the 2007-08 season, the first under head coach Kevin Broadus, due to injury.

No wonder he was so angry; he was only playing nine minutes a game with freaking Binghampton. At least our awesome Department of Homeland Security can tell us where he is. Michael W. Gilhooley, you’re a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. What about it?

“This is not a case that Immigration and Custom Enforcement was involved in at any point,” Gilhooley said.

Sounds like a bunch of Gilhooley to me. Awesome security we have here; it’s great to know that I’ve been taking my shoes off at the airport all this time for nothing. Kovacevic, by the way, is 6-foot-9. Maybe if he wearing a missile costume in the Iraqi desert, we might have a shot of finding him. Or, at least, we could pretend we did.