Archive for Tuesday, December 13, 2011

KU basketball player Ben McLemore arrested after failing to appear in court for minor in possession case

December 13, 2011, 2:11 p.m. Updated December 13, 2011, 3:04 p.m.


Ben McLemore, a Kansas University freshman basketball player who is ineligible to play this year, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday morning for failing to appear to court.

According to Douglas County District Court records, McLemore, 18, received a ticket Nov. 4 from a state Alcoholic Beverage Control officer for being a minor in possession of alcohol. The officer alleged that McLemore was found with a Red Bull and vodka at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.

The freshman from St. Louis was given notice to appear in court Dec. 6, but a judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest when he didn’t show up, according to court records. According to Douglas County Jail records, a sheriff’s officer arrested McLemore on the warrant at 11 a.m. Tuesday on campus. At 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, McLemore posted $500 bond through a bondsman and was given notice to appear in court Dec. 27.

The NCAA in October declared McLemore, as a partial academic qualifier, ineligible to play in games in the 2011-2012 season, and, according to the ruling, he would be allowed to practice beginning in January.

“Ben was arrested today for missing a Dec. 6 court date, which is obviously not acceptable. Ben, not 21, was given a citation earlier for possession of alcohol at Abe and Jake’s, a local Lawrence establishment. He exercised poor judgment,” KU coach Bill Self said in statement. “He also did not let anyone know that he had been cited and had a court appearance because, certainly, we would have made sure he was there.

“This will be a learning experience for him and probably a fairly costly one. Any other discipline will be handled in-house. He should begin practicing with our team when grades are turned in (following the fall semester).”


Brian Conrad 6 years, 6 months ago

very tired of you Stevieboy. obvious KSU fan ... go post on your own paper's site.... oh they still have dial up out there in cow cuddlerville.. sorry, by the way every day in every college town in the country.. underage drinking.. big surprizzze.. Out there in Aggieville they start hitting the bars at 10 .. Barney Fife's brother is the new town cop.. can tell by the way they handled the Pullen shoplifting .

1southernjayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

more likely, another irresponsible college freshman. there are thousands of them in town.

kernal 6 years, 6 months ago

Wonder if he missed a final due to his lapse of judgment.

Scott Morgan 6 years, 6 months ago

red bull and vodka?

Not the problem el fog maniacs. The fact he thumbed his nose at the courts is.

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