Archive for Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Markieff Morris accepts diversion agreement

December 10, 2008


KU coach Bill Self comments on Markieff Morris diversion agreement

KU coach Bill Self comments on Markieff Morris accepting a diversion agreement.

Kansas University freshman basketball player Markieff Morris has accepted a diversion agreement which will require him to perform 20 hours of community service in connection with an Airsoft rifle incident last August at Jayhawker Towers.

Morris — who was originally slated to appear in court on a battery charge Friday for allegedly shooting a BB gun from his apartment window and striking a woman with a pellet — was required to pay a $300 fine, $61 court costs and write a letter of apology to the community.

He accepted diversion on a reduced charge and continues to deny shooting the BB at the woman.

“We’ve talked about this a lot, and I’ve told Markieff and our guys that obviously they have to make better decisions and be much wiser in their judgment,” KU basketball coach Bill Self said Wednesday.

“We need to do a better job as a staff of educating them, not only on campus policies, but housing policies. If we had done that, they would have known these type of Airsoft guns would be not allowed on campus. Markieff has accepted this and will do 20 hours of community service. That will be the end of this.”

Morris issued a statement saying: “I’ve learned a lesson from this, and I apologize for any embarrassment this caused KU and the basketball program. I’m going to do my community service so I can conclude this matter and concentrate on academics and the rest of the basketball season.”

Morris’ attorney, Brad Finkeldei of the firm Stevens and Brand, also commented on the matter:

“We are satisfied the charges were reduced to the infraction of missiles,” said Finkeldei. “Mr. Morris took it (diversion) to conclude the matter and get on with his academics and extracurricular activities.”


rgh 9 years, 6 months ago

The kid took responsibility for the incident, and it was nice seeing a big time coach take some of the responsibility as well. It's makes you proud to be a Jayhawk fan.

John Hamm 9 years, 6 months ago

"Learned a lesson" I think not. What he learned was let your Lawyer (and in this case Coach) do the talking and seem humble and contrite.

classclown 9 years, 6 months ago

Does the name "Markieff" make anybody else think "queef"?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 6 months ago

Seems like he could have apologized to the woman he shot, too.

Judgesmails 9 years, 6 months ago

The woman should apologize to him for making such a big deal about getting shot in the elbow with a nerf pellet.....

Dani Davey 9 years, 6 months ago

Bozo - I wouldn't be surprised if he has to write a letter of apology to the victim. Apology letters are a pretty standard feature of diversion agreements in Douglas County. (At least, they are for juvenile diversions, I'm not sure about adult)

dweezil222 9 years, 6 months ago

Jesus, get over it. I've been shot with an airsoft gun before. Stings a little, but it's no big deal.

Thats_messed_up 9 years, 6 months ago

Will this be 20 hours of rubbing himself on the community in an elevator of Coach Self's choosing? If so where can women (and boys ; ) sign up for this free service? What days will it be offered and will Sheron Collins be there to supervise to make sure he GETS IT right? Sounds like a great opportunity for the team to meat the fans!

Brian Conrad 9 years, 6 months ago

This is not Plaxico! get over it. WoW , people so hostile but if kid or brother.. hmmm RELAX

Commenting has been disabled for this item.