Archive for Friday, September 4, 2009

KU associate AD enters diversion over domestic violence charge

Diversion agreement to last 1 year

September 4, 2009, 2:31 p.m. Updated September 4, 2009, 3:51 p.m.


Kansas University associate athletic director Chris Howard has entered into a diversion agreement in Douglas County District Court on two misdemeanor charges he faced related to a June domestic incident at his home.

David Melton, a chief assistant Douglas County district attorney, said Howard entered the one-year diversion agreement in court on Aug. 7.

Lawrence police arrested Howard, 41, at his Lawrence home on June 7, and prosecutors charged him with domestic battery and intimidation of a witness, both misdemeanor counts. According to court records, Howard, a KU graduate, faced the domestic battery charge because he intentionally caused physical contact with a family member in “a rude, insulting or angry manner.”

Jim Marchiony, an associate AD for external relations, confirmed that Howard is still employed with KU Athletics Inc. Marchiony said the department declined to comment further because it was a personnel issue. Melton said diversion agreements generally require the defendant to complete counseling.

Howard’s younger brother, Ryan Howard, is the all-star first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies.


4chewnut 8 years, 7 months ago

Thanks so much, Lew, for providing our students with good role models for behavior. His and yours for doing nothing.

Camron Flanders 8 years, 7 months ago

What value is supposed to be added to the article by telling us his brother is a ball player? Is this the journalist equivalent of "finding 10 dollars"?

das 8 years, 7 months ago

Nice timing with the previous editorial..... Do as I do and not as I say?.....oh wait....

WHY 8 years, 7 months ago

I love how back handing the wife in leagalise is 'physical contact in a rude insolent manner'.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 7 months ago

Chris is a good man. Some bad stuff happened with him that in most families would have remained unreported and unpublished. It's unfortunate that one news story is all that all of you will ever know of Chris. If you knew him, you'd stand beside him, in spite of this incident.

Chris has taken this very seriously and has made public apologies.

You trolls can now return to your bashing...

igby 8 years, 7 months ago

Had a friend of mine who's wife hit him with a kiddy tri-cycle while he was eat his breakfast cereal. Lol. Beat him over the head with it. Lol. He just kept eating his cereal and didn't say nothing about it. Lol.

Linda Aikins 8 years, 7 months ago

Chris is a nice man. We wish him well through this.

somebodynew 8 years, 7 months ago

@igby - like,Lol dude, no really, Lol, seriously, Lol.

Christine Anderson 8 years, 7 months ago

What the hell is wrong with some of you out there?? Domestic violence is wrong, no matter which gender commits it, and no matter which gender the victim is. He may be a "nice guy". To everyone but his family. Whether it is a man or woman who is guilty of domestic violence, it represents a lack of control. Did you hear me- a lack of control; make that a lack of self-control. And this is the sort of person we want as an associate AD? Of course, this is Lawrence, where the all-importance of sports at KU takes precendence over everything. Let me tell you something. The "joke" of diversions is giving the offender the benefit of the doubt; in other words, giving he or she a chance not to repeat it. Well folks, more often than not, they do. My second ex-husband did it to me. Got a diversion. He figured it was all me, you know. The old, "She made me do it". So he gets wife number two, and figures he's set for life. Still had the same rage, the same lack of control. Did it to wife number two as well. No diversion the second time.

randysavage 8 years, 7 months ago

people make unwavering truth

mae 8 years, 7 months ago



who in their right mind would beat down a da or ad or whatever the f$$$ this guy is?

Linda Aikins 8 years, 7 months ago

No I am not a cousin. I just know Chris from my dealings with him and he was always very pleasant and cordial. I pray that he and his family can heal their wounds and get through this.

I'm sorry you were abused cheesehead. And I'm sorry this happened with Chris. I do not approve of his actions and hope he and his family get the help they need.

There is a difference between saying I believe he is a nice guy and saying I believe he is a nice guy because he did these things. Oldenuf and i were saying the former. I hope you don't really think we believe the latter.

workinghard 8 years, 7 months ago

Well I guess if state employess have been fired for the same thing, they now have grounds for a lawsuit.

trinity 8 years, 7 months ago

diversion takes the "conviction" aspect off the table. only if he were to screw up the diversion would it likely become a conviction. once the diversion is complete-no conviction.

Steve Miller 8 years, 7 months ago

It's not to late to salvage this to be a good example, fire the guy so the kids can see that example. Make him acountable for his actions.. Who cares if he is a "good ole boy".

Steve Miller 8 years, 7 months ago

Howard’s younger brother, Ryan Howard, is the all-star first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Who cares if he is a car hop. That's not even relative to the issue.

Horace 8 years, 7 months ago

Who knows if he beat his wife? Maybe the record suport the claim; I don't know.

Abuse gets alleged all the time. Rarely is it something that needs to made a public matter.

Unfortunately, many women use abuse allegations as leverage and they are made solely out of spite.

HogJiver 8 years, 7 months ago

He was trained very well by the football coach...... seems like we need a good house cleaning.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 7 months ago

Chris is taking full responsibility for his actions. He's the one who publicly apologized. There is no "example" to be made of him, he's doing that all on his own.

Yes, he IS a good man. He's a better man than I am. Good men make mistakes. But I guess none of YOUR farts stink, so you wouldn't understand...

gl0ck0wn3r 8 years, 7 months ago

He may be a fantastic guy who is taking full responsibility for hitting his wife. The story may also have been buried if it was anyone else. However, he is not anyone else. He is a representative of an organization that (in theory) helps student-athletes grow into responsible adults. One of the ways in which this happens is by providing positive role models. Even if this was a one time mistake, it is the kind of one time mistake that someone in that position should not make and should not be kept around once he has made it. How, for example, could he be expected to work with female student athletes after hitting his own wife? How could one expect him to work with at risk male athletes when he is on diversion?

gl0ck0wn3r 8 years, 7 months ago

Additionally, Chris and Jim might want to take a look at the student athlete handbook for the code of conduct. Wouldn't a leader be expected to follow this code or something even more restrictive. From page two:

• Take seriously the duty of being a good role model, including prudent personal association, and of exerting a positive influence on others—especially young people

• Present a positive demeanor at all times on and off the campus

• Show respect for all members of the University and the community

• Treat people with civility and cooperate with people in authority

• Refrain from and be intolerant of physical abuse, harassment, and intimidation

• Demonstrate responsible citizenship and good sportsmanship

Seems Chris is 0/5 and Jim is, in this case, 4/5.

aletheia 8 years, 7 months ago

More than likely, this is not the first time that Howard acted in a physically agressive manner. I doubt at the age of 41 that he suddenly became violent. This is probably the first time he got caught or even worse, the first time the LPD took action. I've personally witnessed the LPD in action -- excusing or minimizing behavior, particularly with a person or family member of well-known or well-respected Lawrence citizens -- get more than one free pass. There are many good cops on the force, but it only takes one with this kind of attitude to empower the assailant so he or she thinks they are above the law.

I can only hope the public humiliation of getting caught may change his ways. It'll be an uphill battle for Howard, but well worth the fight for him and his family.

momojopoe 8 years, 4 months ago

They fired Mark Mangino for a lot less than this. Now we know why KU had to pay Mangiono $3 million.

denak 8 years, 4 months ago

From what I understand, there are typically three types of abusers.

The first type is the man or woman who is just anti-social to begin with. He or she will just hit on someone because they are there and it doesn't matter if it is the person who bumps into them in a store or their spouse or their child or their boss. Hopefully, this man does not fall into this category.

The second is someone who lashes out due to continous stress. There is a reason child abuse reports go up around the holiday season or when someone is laid off of work. These people may have witnessed abuse as a child but have been able to control it until they are under a great deal of stress. Not making excuses, just explaining the trigger.

And then there is the third type that lashes out as a one time act and is genuinely remorseful after the incident. I think as parents all of us can relate to that one time we really just wanted to knock our kid out. Or have gotten into a fight with our significant other and felt that impulse to sock 'em one.

I'm not saying what this man did was right. It wasn't but if anger management is part of his diversion and he falls into the second or third category, then maybe he can learn better ways to handle his anger.

If not, then hopefully his wife has the courage to leave him.


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