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Self issues statement on Buford incident

Chase Buford was arrested Saturday morning on charges of operating under the influence. Coach Bill Self said in a statement that discipline would be handled in-house.

July 13, 2009, 11:37 a.m. Updated July 13, 2009, 2:49 p.m.

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Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self issued a statement Monday regarding walk-on Chase Buford, who was arrested early Saturday on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence.

“I am aware of this situation,” Self said in release. “Although Chase is a high quality young man, he made some poor decisions and now has to live with the consequences of those decisions.

"I am very disappointed that we are dealing with this but we will support Chase throughout and I will not have any further comment on this situation with the respect of the legal process and the sensitivity of this issue. All discipline will be handled in house.”

Buford, a 20-year-old from San Antonio, Texas, was arrested Saturday at 12:43 a.m. His arrest came at a time when Lawrence police were executing an unannounced saturation patrol in the city.

Sgt. Bill Cory, Lawrence police spokesman, said officers conducted the special enforcement Friday night and early Saturday morning, ending their operations at 3 a.m.

Police arrested four people for operating under the influence Friday night and early Saturday morning, according to Douglas County Jail records.

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Steve Jacob 5 years, 1 month ago

If your going to get a DUI on Bill Self's team, you better be a great player, so bye bye Mr. Buford.

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calvin 5 years, 1 month ago

But Bufords dad is one of Coach Self's friends, so I imagine he will continue to ride the bench.

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Steve Jacob 5 years, 1 month ago

Sometimes you have to make a point. You have players shooting people with air guns and missing court summons with little punishment, you have to set an example at some point, so why not a walk-on?

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jehillia 5 years, 1 month ago

Making an example of a "walk on" would prove absolutely nothing. Everyone (including the players on the team) knows he's a walk on and he wasn't going to get playing time anyways. In general Coach Self has done a good job of disciplining his players appropriately. There's no reason why he won't do the same regarding Chase.

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basketballer 5 years, 1 month ago

He needs to miss out on Late Night festivities at the start of the season and miss out on the first game of the season by riding the bench in street clothes. Consequences ......consequences.......consequences....

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jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month ago

Can somebody tell me why the fact that he is on a basketball team means that he needs to suffer extra consequences than anybody else? He's going to go through the court system and will get a punishment likely identical to other offenders, that should be enough.

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clarkentsman 5 years, 1 month ago

srj

can you tell me what the legal BAC limit is for someone under 21 years of age? (first link)

what type of impairment someone who is legally drunk will exhibit? (second link)

amount of alcohol it takes to be legally drunk? (second link)

KU BB program lists 210 pounds as Mr. Buford weight

Ans. 0.02, subtle effects that can be detected with special tests and one drink

So, without knowing his BAC (we may never know - why should we) his crime is drinking under age and exceeding the BAC limit. As jehillia stated above, Coach Self does a good job disciplining his players appropriately. I am sure he will in this case also.

http://www.edgarsnyder.com/auto-accident/drunk-driving/statute-limitations/kansas-drunk-driving-laws.html

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bankboy119 5 years, 1 month ago

"He's going to go through the court system and will get a punishment likely identical to other offenders, that should be enough."

Jonas,

Daddy owns an NBA team so I doubt he will get an identical punishment.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month ago

"Daddy owns an NBA team so I doubt he will get an identical punishment."

You doubt = you think = you guess. Come back when you actually "know" something.

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Satirical 5 years, 1 month ago

Jonas_opines… “Can somebody tell me why the fact that he is on a basketball team means that he needs to suffer extra consequences than anybody else?”

He violated a private agreement with Bill Self and the KU Basketball family to conduct himself according to certain standards. If you want the privilege of playing for and representing KU, you are required to follow those standards. If you fail to do so, that privilege can be denied.

I am confident Bill Self will handle this appropriately.

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clarkentsman 5 years, 1 month ago

jonas_opines

I am sure that RC Buford appreciates you upgrading his career!

From Wikipedia

R. C. Buford is the general manager of the San Antonio Spurs NBA basketball team. He was given the title by his predecessor, Gregg Popovich, in 2002 after five seasons as team president. He is also the president of sports franchises for Spurs Sports & Entertainment.

Prior to joining the Spurs in 1988, Buford spent five seasons at the University of Kansas and was a member of the coaching staff when the Jayhawks won the 1988 NCAA Championship.

Buford first joined the Spurs in the summer of 1988 as an Assistant Coach on Larry Brown's staff. He spent four seasons as an assistant with the Spurs, including the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons when the team captured back-to-back Midwest Division Titles. In the summer of 1992 he became the number one assistant for Brown with the Los Angeles Clippers. He spent one season with the Clippers before moving to the University of Florida for the 1993-94 season.

Popovich then hired Buford as the Spurs Head Scout in the summer of 1994 and he has been with the team since that time. In the summer of 1997 he was named the Spurs Director of Scouting and then two years later was promoted to the position of Vice President/Assistant General Manager.

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randysavage 5 years, 1 month ago

"You doubt = you think = you guess. Come back when you actually “know” something."

Jeez, you're obviously: A) a jerk and B) naive to how this our city/world works. His old man worked for KU for years and was an assistant under Larry Brown here at KU. He's also the current GM for the Spurs....the kid probably could have "walked on" anywhere he wanted to because of R.C.

What we all should "know" is that when you have money and clout, things become a little easier for you in life....

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Tony Kisner 5 years, 1 month ago

Chase, you should always were your offical KU gear and tell the police who you are right away. Followed by a "we don't need to tell coach do we?"

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rousseau108 5 years, 1 month ago

logicsound:

while it's true someone under 21 can be arrested for a BAC of .02, how do you know that Buford's BAC was near this? Your statement implies that it was low, but for all we know his could have been .1, .15, .2, etc. I would wait to excuse him for not "endangering lives in the way that makes drunk driving such an appalling crime" until we know if that is true.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month ago

clarkkentsman: That was me citing another poster. All I know about Buford's father is that he's a coach, and I know that solely because of this article.

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puddleglum 5 years, 1 month ago

driving drunk is not advised, whether or not you are one of bill's guys.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month ago

"Jeez, you're obviously: A) a jerk and B) naive to how this our city/world works."

Jerk would depend primarily on perspective. I find it rather jerkish, personally, to suggest without supporting evidence that in the future it is inevitable that ethics and justice will be subverted in this case simply because of connections.

"What we all should “know” is that when you have money and clout, things become a little easier for you in life…."

Yes, that is rather obvious isn't it? It does not change the fact that this case has not been sentenced yet, and we're already second-guessing the decision that hasn't been made.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month ago

satirical: That's probably true.

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jumpin_catfish 5 years, 1 month ago

Equal justice under the law but some people are more equal then others.

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clarkentsman 5 years, 1 month ago

jonas_opines

sorry, my mistake

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Steve Jacob 5 years, 1 month ago

clarkentman

Who cares about BAC? You drink, you drive, be prepared to pay the price. And people lose there jobs from getting a DUI all the time. Stop making excuses and enabling people. Thank god the police stopped him before he killed someone.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month ago

Yes, who cares about not making kneejerk absolutist judgments without actually considering the circumstances involved, such as whether they might or might not have actually been intoxicated, what they are being charged with and why, and what the sentencing guidelines are in such cases? Bunch of enabling hogwash.

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shadowbox66044 5 years, 1 month ago

B.F.D. People, give it a rest! Self will take care of it. Have faith in thySelf.

Also, jonas_opines, I like your quote! “You doubt = you think = you guess. Come back when you actually “know” something.”

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Lee Eldridge 5 years, 1 month ago

The young man made a mistake. I would dare to say that many of us here have made the same mistake and not gotten caught. Whether it was drinking a few beers before we reached the legal age, or drove after a couple glasses of wine with dinner.

He certainly doesn't deserve to get booted from the team. And anybody who can afford to hire a decent attorney wouldn't suffer many consquences. I'm confident Bill Self will take appropriate actions to make sure that Buford understands he made a mistake.

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Armen Kurdian 5 years, 1 month ago

My guess...he participates in Late Night, maybe plays in the exhibition games, but sits out the first five non-conf games. C'mon everyone...who else has a worthless opinion?

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