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Report: KU basketball player Morningstar had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in system when arrested

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar pulls up for a shot during warmups before tipoff against Iowa State, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar pulls up for a shot during warmups before tipoff against Iowa State, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

October 14, 2009

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Report: KU basketball player Morningstar had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in system when arrested

Suspended Kansas University basketball player Brady Morningstar had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he was arrested for driving under the influence on Oct. 3. Enlarge video

Suspended Kansas University basketball player Brady Morningstar had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Oct. 3, according to a law enforcement report obtained by 6News and the Lawrence Journal-World.

In the report, Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Heryford said Morningstar passed his patrol car while driving 78 mph in a 70 mph zone and weaved out of a lane multiple times as he traveled west on the Kansas Turnpike.

The trooper said Morningstar failed four sobriety tests, almost fell down and had a blood-alcohol content of .144, which is more than the legal limit of .08.

Morningstar, 23, is scheduled to appear Friday in Douglas County District Court on charges of DUI, speeding and lane violations for the incident, which occurred at 3:25 a.m. Oct. 3, just east of Lawrence, court records said.

When Heryford tried to pull the vehicle over at mile post 205, he said Morningstar was “slow to react but eventually stopped properly on the right hand shoulder” of Interstate 70.

The trooper said that Morningstar had “an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and that he had watery, bloodshot eyes.” The trooper also noticed a club stamp on Morningstar’s hand.

According to the trooper’s report, Morningstar was polite and cooperative, but used profanity. At first Morningstar said he had not been drinking, but later told the trooper he’d had a few beers, the report said.

While being transported to jail, Morningstar stated he “does not do jail, this is not me,” the trooper said, and asked the trooper if he “could make this go away.”

As a result of his arrest and violation of the basketball team’s curfew, the junior basketball guard from Lawrence has been suspended from playing in any games during the first semester.

Last Thursday, Morningstar wrote an apology letter to his fans saying he “used extremely poor judgment in driving after drinking and violating curfew.”

Comments

formyle 5 years, 9 months ago

What is disappointing is that Morningstar is not a kid, he's 23 years old and should know better. It is even more disappointing if he were in violation of curfew. He was on the team in '08 that won the title, and it would be nice if he set a better example for how to achieve success. Hopefully he will have learned from the incident, and hopefully KU won't miss him too much as he sits out the first semester.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 9 months ago

Sounds like your normal DUI arrest, from no alcohol, to a few beers, then reality/fear sets in about going to jail, and trying to talk your way out of it.

If your stupid enough to drink and drive, at least set the cruise to 70.

puddleglum 5 years, 9 months ago

ahh so what? why does the lj wolrd pick on some people and 'not name names' when it comes to others? seems pretty unfair and VERY sensationalist.....the kind of stuff I would expect from Fox news(digest).

blindrabbit 5 years, 9 months ago

Did anyone get the "attempted bribery" concept if he (trooper) " could make this go away".

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 9 months ago

He asked if he could "make this go away".......classy Brady, Classy.

MyName 5 years, 9 months ago

I don't think this was a serious attempt at bribery, just typical poor judgement shown by someone who was not sober.

Evan Ridenour 5 years, 9 months ago

The trooper must have been a Mizzou fan... jk haha. Oh Brady... what a dbag.

Graczyk 5 years, 9 months ago

I don't know from experience, but I am guessing that once you are in the back of a police car, you have long since passed the point where the cop "could make this go away."

Three things that Brady does not do: 1. Windows 2. Jail 3. Get it

kmcd028 5 years, 9 months ago

'Make it go away' ...sorry Brady, but that there makes your apology 'go away.' YOU, as much as you think you should be, are NOT above the law!

jhawks1234 5 years, 9 months ago

Maybe when he was coming to the realization that he was going to be spending the evening in jail his regret boiled over and just muttered he wanted this to go away. I am sure all of you who at a time of regret wished it would go away. Who knows what he actually said.

maxcrabb 5 years, 9 months ago

Incredible. Is it more of a problem to be this drunk and think you can drive safely, or to be this drunk and think you can drive without being arrested?

Or are they both equally maladjusted views of reality?

Jonathan Becker 5 years, 9 months ago

There is no bribery or attempted bribery here. You have to offer something of value in order to effect an official action or nonaction. According to this report, Speedy did not offer anything of value.

Randall Barnes 5 years, 9 months ago

LRM(LAWRENCE READY MIX) sold out today leaving several employees out of a job cause the company wants to pay less for the hard working employees who have been there for several years now my neighbors dad will probably have to sell his home i bet lj world will not mention this part of the story glad he gave up drinking years ago

Bladerunner 5 years, 9 months ago

Only .144? Surely you football players arn't going to let a basketball player out do you. Get out there and make us proud.

randysavage 5 years, 9 months ago

rando1965 (Anonymous) says… lrm(lawrence ready mix) sold out today leaving several employees out of a job cause the company wants to pay less for the hard working employees who have been there for several years now my neighbors dad will probably have to sell his home i bet lj world will not mention this part of the story glad he gave up drinking years ago


wha?

maybeso 5 years, 9 months ago

He's 23 and still playing college basketball? Is this typical?

HogJiver 5 years, 9 months ago

No comment because it could happen to anyone. In the old days the cops would make you ride around town in the squad car with them until you sobered up.

But now it's not a very smart thing to do, drink and drive.

Your learn from your stupid mistakes. Lucky no one was injured.

jaywalker 5 years, 9 months ago

"seems pretty unfair and VERY sensationalist…..the kind of stuff I would expect from Fox news(digest)."

Brilliant grasp of the reality that surrounds you, glum. Joe Blow gettin' busted for a dooey ain't 'news'. A 'name' is 'news'. Whew, that was difficult. I'm bushed. Way to give yourself away as a complete moron, though. Fox news? Ooo! What an intellectually relevant reference.

shadowbox66044 5 years, 9 months ago

Leave the guy alone! This article should not have been published. This should be private information and not in the paper.

Kris_H 5 years, 9 months ago

I wouldn't say, "It could happen to anyone." It can only happen to people stupid enough to put their drunk butts in the driver's seat.

gsxr600 5 years, 9 months ago

Next up: A KU basketball player leaves the bathroom without washing his hands. Front page news right there.

labmonkey 5 years, 9 months ago

It is actually the local yokal cops who are usually d*cks. If you get pulled over by a trooper, you are usually doing something wrong whereas I have had local cops pull me over for stuff I didn't even do (local cop, local municipality, who's gonna win there?).

Ricky_Vaughn 5 years, 9 months ago

Enough about Brady...is anyone ever going to punish Taylor for being in the brawls?

Oh wait, he's probably going to start so I bet nothing happens to him...even though HE HAS A BROKEN THUMB FROM PUNCHING SOMEONE!

aha 5 years, 9 months ago

KK is itching to get on the air today with his next monologue ...

kidscount 5 years, 9 months ago

Wow! Somebody got a DUI! This happens everyday but you dont read that in the paper. I get the fact that he well known but let the guy have some privacy.

hbjayhawk 5 years, 9 months ago

What did I tell everyone in my posts when this story first broke? Suspend Brady for the season, take away his scholarship, and make him somebody's byatch in a local jail.

Steve Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

What else would you expect out of a bunch of over paid jocks besides drinking, driving and fighting. I wonder what happened to the brawl a few weeks ago, we never did hear closure on that one. They reap what they sew.

kusp8 5 years, 9 months ago

I don't do jail either. I also don't drink and drive.

aequitas 5 years, 9 months ago

dudedog - As a former "jock", I did mangae to grasp enough knowledge at KU between fighting and drinking and driving to learn that the correct word to use is "sow" not "sew."

Danimal 5 years, 9 months ago

We need some super emo kid to make a tear-filled youtube video in which he'll scream "leave Brady alone!" while blubbering.

Seriously though, this is very disappointing.

Kris_H 5 years, 9 months ago

I don't know...maybe if a big fuss was raised about EVERY DUI there wouldn't be so many. Don't let anybody skate.

Steve Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

I thought a "sow" was a female hog .............

Mitchell White 5 years, 9 months ago

"dudedog12 (Anonymous) says…

I thought a “sow” was a female hog ………….?"

Apparently you were not educated very well. Either that or have not gotten off the farm.

sow1  /soʊ/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [soh] Show IPA ,verb, sowed, sown or sowed, sow⋅ing. Use sow in a Sentence See web results for sow See images of sow –verb (used with object) 1. to scatter (seed) over land, earth, etc., for growth; plant. 2. to plant seed for: to sow a crop.
3. to scatter seed over (land, earth, etc.) for the purpose of growth. 4. to implant, introduce, or promulgate; seek to propagate or extend; disseminate: to sow distrust or dissension.
5. to strew or sprinkle with anything.

–verb (used without object) 6. to sow seed, as for the production of a crop.


Origin: bef. 900; ME sowen, OE sāwan; c. D zaaien, G säen, ON sā, Goth saian; akin to seed, L sēmen seed, serere to sow

Related forms:

sow⋅a⋅ble, adjective sower, noun

Synonyms: 4. inject, lodge, circulate.

aletheia 5 years, 9 months ago

Bigmitchen ~ Apparently you spoke too soon. Dudedog12 is right regarding the meaning of "sow" (as a noun, not a verb). However, he did use "sew" in the wrong context.

Main Entry: 1sow Pronunciation: ˈsau̇ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English sowe, from Old English sugu; akin to Old English & Old High German sū sow, Latin sus pig, swine, hog, Greek hys Date: before 12th century 1 : an adult female swine; also : the adult female of various other animals (as a bear)

Dudedog12~ Sow can be used as a noun (meaning female swine) or as a verb (seek to propagate or extend) ...spelled the same, but pronounced differently.

Gotta love the English language ...

aletheia 5 years, 9 months ago

As for Brady Morningstar, getting a DUI is one thing, but being two times over the legal limit is another. Whether he likes it or not, he does have celebrity status in Lawrence and with that comes a certain responsibility ...one that he volunteered for and agreed to.

Not only was he incredibily irresponsible in his decision to drink and drive, but he also thumbed his nose at Coach Self and his team by breaking curfew, team rules and the law -- especially given the microscope our program is under.

Smacks of arrogance and entitlement.

Mitchell White 5 years, 9 months ago

thank you oh so much for correcting me. I never insinuated that the planting version of sow was the only way it was used. I was pointing that side out because dudedog12 obviously did not know that in the english language that one word can mean several things.

I appreciate your help in understanding of the english language.

tom_bodett 5 years, 9 months ago

nschmi04, Hey moron....its not so easy for the police to make stuff up anymore. There are these things called in-car video and audio recorders in thier patrol cars. And the KHP puts one in every car, makes it kinda hard to make stuff up. The troopers use the video as a tool when they write thier reports. And yes some Troopers think they are better than the ohter cops. The older ones were kinda trained to be that way.

labmonkey 5 years, 9 months ago

Tom_bordett-

Some local cops will not turn on their camera until they flash their lights...which means they cannot prove what they gave the ticket for. I received a ticket for something I did not do...thinking the dashcam would save me, I found out they only turn it on when they flash their lights.

KHP are much more venerable than local cops. I believe they have their dash cam on most of the time.

aletheia 5 years, 9 months ago

RickyV~ Taylor was involved in a brawl, which means he did not act alone. I followed the story somewhat closely, but can't recall whether he initiated the fight or participated and was the only one that needed medical treatment. It was certainly unsportsmanlike behavior, but not an endangerment to himself or others. I believe ALL the athletes involved should be embarrassed, deal with whatever consequences the coaches gave them and recognize the responsibility they have to themselves, their school and their fans.

IMHO, Morningstar got caught this time. Very rarely are drivers ticketed and it's their very first time driving drunk. The law of averages probably caught up with him.

Yes, people make mistakes. But there was a lot more at stake when Brady chose to get behind the wheel of a car -- drunk. Plus, he did this after the embarrassment of the infighting between our teams. In other words, he acted alone, was incited by no one and still decided to risk his life and other's AND thumb his nose at Coach Self, KU and his team.

Kind of puts a dislocated thumb in perspective. (Again, just my opinion.)

jumpin_catfish 5 years, 9 months ago

Some on this blog said, oh he's just a kid and were critical of those who correctly criticized this young MAN. Alcohol is a drug and causes death and heart ache for millions around the world. Drinking and driving is worst than poor judgment, it's criminal. I hope he never drinks again, he would be the better man for it.

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