Archive for Friday, October 16, 2009

Brady Morningstar’s court appearance in DUI case rescheduled to Nov. 19

KU player applies for diversion in DUI case

October 16, 2009


Kansas University standout Brady Morningstar, who was recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, did not appear Friday in Douglas County District Court, as originally scheduled. The hearing was canceled.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said Morningstar has applied for a diversion in the case, which would be reviewed by his office.

It’s unclear whether Morningstar will make an appearance in court.

Prosecutors have charged the basketball player with DUI, speeding and lane violations, all misdemeanors.

Morningstar, 23, had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he was arrested about 3:30 a.m. Oct. 3 on the Kansas Turnpike, just east of Lawrence, according to police reports.

He was booked into Douglas County Jail, but released the same day on $250 bond.

The KHP report said Morningstar was driving 78 mph in a 70 mph zone and weaved out of a lane multiple times as he traveled west on the Kansas Turnpike.

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.


swunruh 8 years, 6 months ago

Obviously Brady had his "Late Night in the Phog" a few days earlier than the one scheduled tonight.

bastet 8 years, 6 months ago

Hard lesson to learn, but fortunately, he wasn't hurt, didn't hurt anyone else, and he has a chance to make better choices.

kidscount 8 years, 6 months ago

C'mon, give it a rest folks! Everybody in Lawrence and many other places know all his buisness. Let it go already!!!!!!!!!! Does everybody want to know when he takes a P!$$.

newmedia 8 years, 6 months ago

And this is news ?? Slow news day, huh ??

Patricia Green 8 years, 6 months ago

Thank you Kidscount! You truly get it. Let him alone already. People everywhere are still starving, dying and killing each other. Do we really need to know when every athlete shows that they are human and make mistakes?

SeaFox 8 years, 6 months ago

78 in a 70 zone. Ooooooooo!

That's pretty much "normal speed" for the turnpike.

lildos 8 years, 6 months ago

78 on a 70 is pretty much the "normal" speed in the Turnpike, but weaving out of a lane is not.

He is 23 years old. In my book that is not a "kid" anymore. He made a mistake, a huge mistake. More importantly, he is a KU basketball player, which puts him in the spotlight. I am a big fan of Morningstar on the basketball court, and I am pretty sure a lot of real kids look up to him. If we just let it go when he commits such a major offense like driving drunk (0.144 is drunk, not just a little intoxicated) I think it shows that we are willing to let something slide just because of a person's status.

This is a product of our own obsession with KU basketball. Yes, they are young and make mistakes, but they are still local "celebrities" and the media should scrutinize them more. I am not saying that they should receive a harsher treatment or be demonized, but from these reports it seems to me that the LJW is just reporting on the facts of the event.

Yes, "People everywhere are still starving, dying and killing each other," but since we care so much about basketball, when a KU player driver drunk endangering himself and other it is news to me and I want to know what are the repercussions of his actions.

somebodynew 8 years, 6 months ago

lildos - while I tend to agree with you, the problem I have is the article that posted all the details of the case. I am sure it is public record (i.e. in the charging affadavit), but even on some of the vehicular homicide cases they haven't printed that much detail. What if he wanted to go for a jury trial??

That being said I hope he is treated by the sytem as any other citizen would. No secret deals and also no harsher punishment than anyone else. If he qualifies for the diviserion then give it to him - don't make him pay extra just because of who he is.

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 6 months ago

Ok I criticized the guy for his drinking and driving but this is enough, move on LJW.

Steve Miller 8 years, 6 months ago

All of you have valid points. However the fact of the matter is that he is an outstanding citizen being part of the KU scene. I don't think any one is picking on him, it is just the bagage that comes along with stardom. Don't worry it's all about money, someone will come up with enough to shuv this under the rug and he will be back shooting 3 pointers in january. Relax.

ssakcaj 8 years, 6 months ago

The reality is that 23 years old is still a "kid." I have worked with younger people before, both in the military and in the private sector. And any time the final line of the story is, "And no one was killed," it's a good day. He and any of his peers should learn from the situation and be glad no one was hurt or killed and move on. Hence the saying, "Live and learn." So should everyone else...

lildos 8 years, 6 months ago

You state a good point somebodynew.

Joe Hyde 8 years, 6 months ago

I'm on pins and needles waiting for the next post-arrest story that reports full details of world-shaking topics such as Brady's favorite beer, his dating history, his IQ, his GPA, his blood type, DNA sequence, shoe size and sperm count.

(The sarcasm lamp is lit.)

Get off the guy's back.

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