Archive for Wednesday, April 8, 2009

KU football player injured in weekend incident; reportedly in good condition

April 8, 2009, 3:12 p.m. Updated April 8, 2009, 4:38 p.m.


Ben Lueken, a freshman football player at KU, is being treated at Kansas University hospital for injuries sustained during a weekend incident on the school's campus, a hospital official confirmed Wednesday.

A hospital spokesman Wednesday afternoon said Lueken is in good condition. A condition report had previously been unavailable.

According to Capt. Schuyler Bailey, a spokesman for the public safety office, a student was struck by a vehicle following a confrontation in the parking lot east of the Jayhawker Towers just before 2 a.m. Sunday. Lueken, the victim, was initially taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, but later transferred to KU Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

Bailey said a suspect has been identified but that the investigation is ongoing. It is Journal-World policy not to identify suspects until charges have been filed.

Lueken's father, Jeff, could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

Lueken, an offensive lineman from St. Louis, played in nine games for the Jayhawks in 2008, and is expected to battle for a starting position in 2009.


KEITHMILES05 8 years, 10 months ago

Is it true the suspect is another football player?

Eurekahwk 8 years, 10 months ago

Go on the sports board, there is more in depth conversation about who that suspected player is.

maxcrabb 8 years, 10 months ago

Just google "who hit ben lueken", the third or fourth result has the rumored players name.

Scott Kaiser 8 years, 10 months ago

He played how many games last year and is still a freshman? Maybe they mean that next year he'll be a sophomore....kinda confusing at first glance. Hope he is ok.

kawrock 8 years, 10 months ago

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skinny 8 years, 10 months ago

This happened Saturday and the LJWorld is just now reporting it, or attempting to report.

You'll have to read a Kansas City paper or Topeka paper to find out what really happened along with the names of those involved.

I tell ya, it is only a matter of time before the LJWorld goes the way of the Rocky Mountain news!

Jonathan Kealing 8 years, 10 months ago


This incident was reported Sunday. The names weren't provided because the victim's name couldn't be confirmed. The Journal-World and was the first outlet to report the incident at all and the first media outlet to confirm that Ben Lueken was the victim. No, we're not naming "the suspect" and my survey of every other media outlet indicates they've made the same decision. The details in this case are so muddled that it's the perfect example of why we don't name suspects until they've been charged with a crime.

You can criticize us for a lot of things — many of them rightly so — but in this case you're so off-base it's laughable.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

hujiko 8 years, 10 months ago

way to go jonathan, people need to lighten up and just let the news come to them.

kawrock 8 years, 10 months ago

hujiko writes. " people need to lighten up and just let the news come to them". If we waited for the Journal World to come to us we still might not know about Pearl Harbor.

somebodynew 8 years, 10 months ago

well, I have to agree with jonathan on this one. The incident was in the "on the record" thing with no details (as they weren't available yet, but if you read it, most people would have recognized the address as the Towers and known that some sports person(s) would have been involved.

And the only time I have read the name of the other person involved was a link to the TiggerBoard (hate to type that), so who know how true that is???

A responsible paper should not print rumors (as the CapJournal recently did). And, I took notice on JCST this afternoon, they would not broadcast the rumors either.

Mangino_saurus 8 years, 10 months ago

how does the 'individual' who is not being named manage to afford a $50k plus Chevy Tahoe????

Linda Aikins 8 years, 10 months ago

mangino_saurus (I dislike your name), but anyway. Not all football players come from poverty.

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