Archive for Tuesday, September 28, 2004

KU player Heaggans assaulted

September 28, 2004


A little more than a week after he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, a Kansas University football player was assaulted while dancing at a Lawrence night spot.

Gregory W. Heaggans, a junior wide receiver, was struck in the face several times by "one or more subjects," according to Lawrence Police. The incident was about 1 a.m. Sunday at Abe & Jake's Landing, 8 E. Sixth St., according to a police report made public Monday.

Police were called to the dance hall on a report of a fight, and when the first officers arrived, they found an estimated 300 people outside in the parking lot, many of them fighting or arguing with each other, police spokesman Sgt. Dan Ward said.

Officers found Heaggans had suffered lacerations under both eyes and his lower lip, Ward said. Heaggans refused medical treatment and didn't want to prosecute or file a report, Ward said. Heaggans also said he didn't know who his attackers were or why they attacked him, Ward said.

The crowd in the parking lot dispersed when additional officers arrived, Ward said.

A KU athletics spokesman said coaches were aware of the incident. Mason Logan, associate media relations manager, said he did not know the extent of Heaggans' injuries.

No one could be reached at Abe & Jake's for comment.

Heaggans was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Sept. 16 by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper on suspicion of drunk driving. He was booked into the Douglas County Jail and later released on $250 bond. He is to appear Oct. 1 in Douglas County District Court on the charge.

Heaggans already is on diversion in Lawrence Municipal Court in connection with a Nov. 19, 2003 incident involving the theft of beer.

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