Archive for Wednesday, November 7, 2007

KU receiver charged with June theft at Wal-Mart

November 7, 2007


KU freshman wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, left, latches on to a pass Satuday, Nov. 3, 2007 as Nebraska's Tierre Green closes in on the tackle.

KU freshman wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, left, latches on to a pass Satuday, Nov. 3, 2007 as Nebraska's Tierre Green closes in on the tackle.

Dezmon Briscoe, a Kansas University freshman football player and one of the Jayhawks' leading receivers, will appear in court at the end of the month on charges of theft by deception, less than $1,000.

According to court filings last week, Briscoe, of Dallas, tried to steal merchandise from Wal-Mart. The district attorney's office, citing the case's juvenile status, had no comment.

Briscoe is being charged as a juvenile because the theft is alleged to have occurred in June before Briscoe - who was in Lawrence preparing for the football season - turned 18. Many KU athletes come to Lawrence over the summer to take part in the athletic department's summer bridge program, which helps athletes adjust to the college academic and athletic environment.

Neither Briscoe nor the athletic department had any comment Wednesday afternoon, except to say the department has been aware of the alleged incident since June.

Briscoe has scored seven touchdowns and has racked up 322 yards on 26 receptions in nine games this season. His seven TD catches are a team-high, and three of those came in last Saturday's 76-39 win over Nebraska at Memorial Stadium.

In addition to Briscoe, his mother Shannon Greene has been ordered to appear in Douglas County District Court at 4 p.m. Nov. 29. That would be after that last game of KU's regular season, but before a possible Big 12 Championship game or bowl appearance.


OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years, 2 months ago

Just the other day my wife said "We're winning, and no one is getting arrested... how nice."

Kick him off the team (assuming he did it).

doc1 10 years, 2 months ago

Don't kick him off the team. He was a young person making a mistake. Coming from a person who did the same thing I know from experience that people can learn from their mistakes. The thing you have to do is allow yourself to be humiliated and take your medicine. When the dust settles pick yourself up and never do anything like that again.

Bobo Fleming 10 years, 2 months ago

Did anyone think that possibly he didn't do it? Does he have the rights to a fair hearing or do we just string the kid up and not waste money on a trial.

Evan Ridenour 10 years, 2 months ago

This isn't nearly as funny as the Taco Bell incident.

Jay_lo 10 years, 2 months ago

Whoever heard of it taking over 4 months to be charged with attempted shoplifting? Did someone from Wal-Mart just now recognize him from an interview or something, or is Wal-Mart trying to get back at Lawrence for not jumping at the chance to approve a new Super Center by deciding to press charges against an important member of a team that's getting National attention?
Maybe a case of, he didn't really steal anything so we'll agree to a diversion. Oh wait he's famous now...

Jay_lo 10 years, 2 months ago

Unknown freshman, supposed crime happened before season started. Would seem the police and/or prosecutor had a foreboding of how good he and the team would be this year as neither was a proven commodity at the time. Odder.

Curtis Lange 10 years, 2 months ago

OR the legal system really is just this slow. Took me 8 months to fight a simple traffic ticket.

janeyb 10 years, 2 months ago

The Topeka Capital Journal commented that KU didn't think his name would be released because he was only 17 at the time the alleged crime was committed. Sounds like politics got involved.

Fatty_McButterpants 10 years, 2 months ago

A football player committing a crime? Say it isn't so! Mercy me. Next thing you know, the KU football team will be ranked in the top 5!

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