Archive for Tuesday, April 19, 2011

KU basketball player Thomas Robinson cited in misdemeanor battery case outside nightclub

KU coach Bill Self, associate AD Jim Marchiony aware of incident

April 19, 2011, 11:09 a.m. Updated April 19, 2011, 3:03 p.m.

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Lawrence police have cited Kansas University basketball player Thomas Robinson to appear in municipal court on a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with an altercation outside a Lawrence nightclub, city prosecutor Jerry Little said Tuesday morning.

Little said officers informed him that they had cited Robinson, 20, in connection with an April 10 incident outside The Cave, a nightclub inside The Oread hotel and condominiums, 1200 Oread Ave.

Police have said two suspects were accused of hitting bouncers at 2:05 a.m. April 10 outside The Cave after bar staff said they broke up a large fight inside the club.

Capt. Paul Fellers in a statement said that police were called about a fight and that one bouncer, a 25-year-old Lawrence man, alleged that one suspect had struck him and then spit on him. A witness alleged a second suspect had hit another bouncer, a 23-year-old Lawrence man, Fellers said.

According to a police report, the two victims were not injured. Police did not identify the two suspects, but Sgt. Matt Sarna, a police spokesman, said Tuesday morning that only one person has been ticketed.

Adam Lauridsen, a bouncer at The Cave who worked the night of the incident, told the Journal-World that several members of the basketball team were outside the bar around closing time as staff members were clearing people out of the club.

One of the people who was accompanying basketball players — but not himself a player — got angry at another bouncer, Lauridsen said, and eventually hit him in the head.

Several members of the basketball team — including Robinson — began pulling the man away from the other bouncer, Lauridsen said.

During that scuffle, he saw Robinson appear to get angry.

“He hit one of my buddies in the head,” Lauridsen said, adding that he also saw Robinson spit on the bouncer.

Robinson is a current KU sophomore and post player from Washington, D.C. He announced earlier this month that he would return to KU for a third season instead of entering his name in June’s NBA draft.

“We are aware of this situation due to the fact that Thomas notified me immediately following his being interviewed by the police that morning, at approximately 2 a.m. about an incident that occurred just prior," KU coach Bill Self said. "Thomas is fully cooperating and we will not have any further comment about this situation as the investigation plays out.”

Sarna of the police department said the case remains under investigation and it’s possible other people could be charged. According to a police report, an officer did not check that Robinson was suspected of using alcohol.

Little, the city prosecutor, said officers served Robinson with the ticket Monday night. Police told Little that officers had been following up on the investigation in recent days, including interviewing other witnesses.

He said Robinson would have a court appearance in coming weeks or an attorney could appear in court on his behalf to schedule a later court date.

“We're handling it internally, and Thomas is handling it appropriately. That's all we're going to say at this point,” Jim Marchiony, an associate KU athletic director, said Tuesday.

Robinson is the second KU basketball player to be charged with misdemeanor battery in municipal court in recent months. Mario Little, who was a senior on last season’s Elite Eight team, entered into a diversion agreement in January that required he participate in anger management counseling. He was arrested in connection with a Dec. 16 incident in which he was accused of shoving his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend into a sink.

Self suspended Mario Little for six games during the season before Little was reinstated.

Comments

Scott Morgan 4 years ago

I attended and had more than my share of fun at a 4 year university (60s-70s). Included were some huge private and bar parties. Alcohol and other fuels always present. Plenty of social fuel for anger as well.

Yet, I never witnessed, nor heard of multi-person brawls which seem to be cropping up every weekend not only here, but seemingly everywhere.

Maybe it's time to pass more serious penalties for this class of fighting.

FarneyMac 4 years ago

Of course, I don't seem to recall anyone setting the Kansas Union ablaze or starting riots lately, so maybe let's call it even?

The "good ol' days" were not as perfect as you remember.

CreatureComforts 4 years ago

"CreatureComforts likes this statement!!"

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

And we are just hearing about this now?

friendlyjhawk 4 years ago

Why should you even get to hear about this? So you can be sarcastic and meanspirited at someone's expense?

Shardwurm 4 years ago

For what these guys get paid they should behave better.

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

They get a full-ride scholarship. That ain't hay.

timetospeakup 4 years ago

I bet if you work out how many hours they spend in practice, conditioning, and on the road for games their "hourly rate" for the full ride wouldn't amount to a lot.

Steve Miller 4 years ago

If yoiu believe that then i have some ocean front property on 23rd street , come on.. They get paid well. It's only that you don't hear about it until someone gets caught.

Robert Rauktis 4 years ago

Nothing good after midnight. And the only ones hanging at close are bored and looking for anything lively versus a dismal home.

They should tell these guys to clear out 15 minutes (at least) before the chariot becomes a pumpkin.

Adrienne Sanders 4 years ago

They do start clearing people out at least 15 minutes before close, usually more. And there are always some folks who refuse to go, as if the bar is suddenly going to decide they get to stay and drink more. So then they end up being belligerent jerks who have to be personally cajoled to leave by the staff. You get one or two particularly stubborn jerks and this is what happens. I'd bet it happens a fair amount, but it's only "news" when a "celebrity" is involved.

Scott Morgan 4 years ago

Shardwurm, wink wink I get it. They get paid less than McDonald's workers. In reality there are scholarship athletes who do just get by with minimum pocket cash. Not KU hoops though.

Want to feel sorry for athletes, take a peek at the walk ons who do not receive much at all.

Ever visit the players parking lot?

I see nothing wrong with any NCAA athlete turning a memento into some cash.

independant1 4 years ago

several members of the basketball team were outside the bar around closing time as staff members were clearing people out of the club

Late night team meeting?

Scott Morgan 4 years ago

More young people die violent deaths in Chicago/Detroit/KC in one weekend than the entire total of all protest violence related deaths. This would include Kent State.

Use the same weekend figures and compare them to Afghanistan, and Iraq KIA.

jessanddaron 4 years ago

Everyone is so quick to make judgments on this website. Were any of you there? Unless the answer is yes then be quiet. This isn't a clear cut case of a pre meditated felony or anything. You guys know nothing but what the paper wants to report which is "Star Basketball Player Cited for Battery" and all these jokers who want their names in the paper so they have some dramatic story every news reporter needs to hear. If this is the top story on LJWorld, then you guys need to check your priorities on the news you publish...

MarcoPogo 4 years ago

"Everyone is so quick to make judgments on this website. Were any of you there? Unless the answer is yes then be quiet. "

Unless you were there as well, shouldn't this be where your post ended? Or did you have to make sure you got to call some people "jokers", then judge what the LJW does and doesn't need to do?

KUCalhoun 4 years ago

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justforfun 4 years ago

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jonas_opines 4 years ago

Writer on ESPN nailed it pretty good. On it's own, this would be a nothing incident quickly forgotten (except for MU or KState trolls who drop in when we lose). But taken with the multiple other violations large and small since the 2008 team departed like the Football feud, the Little misdemeanor last year, the DUI, etc., it does seem like this team is getting into trouble more.

DeMontfort 4 years ago

And (to quote Dolph) AGAIN I ask: how are the attorney(s) paid for? Especially if these kids have no money of their own. Please, LJW, answer this one. And if Mr. Marchiony refuses to answer that question, at least let us know it's a secret.

slowplay 4 years ago

Sounds like the players did a better job vs the Bouncers than VCU.

Jersey_Girl 4 years ago

friendlyjhawk (anonymous) replies…

Why should you even get to hear about this? So you can be sarcastic and meanspirited at someone's expense? April 20, 2011 at 8:16 a.m.

Because it is news and this is a NEWSpaper. I get you are a KU fan by your unoriginal screen name. I understand you probably only prefer hear to hear positive news about Jayhawks. Unfortunately, news included both positive and negative stories. Numerous other battery cases are reported in this paper not involving KU basketball players.

lmb 4 years ago

Seriously, take a 6th grade grammar lesson LJW!

"Police have said two suspects were accused of hitting bouncers at 2:05 a.m. April 10 outside The Cave after bar staff said they broke up a large fight inside the club."

So the 2 suspects were law-abiding citizens until bar staff declared that they broke up a fight, the the suspects hit bouncers? Because that's what this says.

lmb 4 years ago

My outraged haste led to a missed comma in sentence one and an omitted 'n' in the last paragraph. Apologies. I would edit if I could. Like the LJW can edit themselves.

TheYetiSpeaks 4 years ago

I got in several near scrapes at that age mostly because of the people around me. The key point from this: "One of the people who was accompanying basketball players — but not himself a player — got angry at another bouncer, Lauridsen said, and eventually hit him in the head."

I would think one of the hard parts about being a high profile athlete would be finding friends who didn't get you into compromising situations. This "friend" of the basketball players has a responsibility to them as well as to himself. Choose your friends wisely fellas.

tonytman 4 years ago

What is a 20 year old doing in a night club in kansas . the law stats that after 10pm only persons over 21 are allowed in clubs and bars this does not apply to restaurants

martyks 4 years ago

Coach Self has to wake up in the night sometimes wondering why he does what he does. Yes, he makes big bucks, but what a nightmare! Herding cats would be easier. TRob should know better, but he's a kid, and he gets to be human too. He's been through a lot, so losing his temper is understandable. I'm not saying it isn't a big deal, but do you know anyone who would be a better candidate for a meltdown? Cut the guy some slack and see if he deals with this the right way. The big mistake is to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and drinking too much, and not staying in control of his emotions. Those are extremely poor choices that he made. Maybe he was jumping into a fray to help a friend and it was already out of control. It doesn't matter. Sometimes, even when someone is being a jerk to you and/or your group, you have to let it go and walk away. That goes for on and off the court.

Ricky_Vaughn 4 years ago

Quit making excuses for the guy! You know, we were all kids at one point, but I'll bet very few of us have ever done something like this.

Scott Morgan 4 years ago

Done many dirty deeds, but never an all out brawl in a nightclub.

Ricky_Vaughn 4 years ago

Classy bunch you've got there, Bill! If he hadn't won the Nat'l Championship he'd be on the hot seat right about now...

justforfun 4 years ago

OK Really!! I had my comment removed because i said "At this point you are winning dumbest comment of the day."

LJW that's petty compared to the stuff that's put on most all the time! Give me a break!!!! Pull your head out, let the people post!!!

SHEESH!!!

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

At what point does tattoo ink become pyschotropic?

OHLE 4 years ago

Wasn't the Cave in the Oread Hotel created as a corral for KU's gangster athletes to keep them close to home and out of trouble? Shouldn't the Oread bouncers now be given full-ride scholarships to keep them from hassling our NFL and NBA hopefuls?

fu7il3 4 years ago

It wouldn't be the off-season without a KU basketball player in court.

DeMontfort 4 years ago

Yeah, and how are COURT FEES paid for, too? Really, please get this question answered. Don't make me do a Sound-Off question. Or, even worse, a letter to the editor.

Wayne Propst 4 years ago

Is there a tattoo venue in the Oread ? If so do the student athleats pay full price....can be traded for "memerbeliia"

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

At least he wasn't climbing through the drive-up window at Taco Bell.

2002 4 years ago

Maybe it is time to close the bar down because under aged patron were allowed in.

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