Archive for Tuesday, September 6, 2011

KU freshman football player arrested for fake ID, misdemeanor battery on a law enforcement officer

September 6, 2011, 2:57 p.m. Updated September 6, 2011, 5:30 p.m.


A Kansas University football player was arrested early Saturday, accused of carrying a fake ID, misdemeanor battery on a law enforcement officer and obstruction before he posted bond Sunday evening.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said his office is reviewing whether to file formal charges against Cooper Kerns, an 18-year-old freshman offensive lineman from Leawood who graduated from Rockhurst High School in Missouri. After he posted $500 bond, Kerns was given a notice to appear at 3 p.m. Sept. 19 in Douglas County District Court.

“We’re aware of the situation, and we will handle the matter internally,” KU coach Turner Gill said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. Jim Marchiony, an associate KU athletic director, said Kerns is redshirting this season. He is also a walk-on player not on athletic scholarship.

According to Douglas County Jail records, Kerns was booked just before 2 a.m. Saturday at the jail after he was arrested by a Lawrence police officer in the 400 block of West 14th Street.

Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said Kerns was accused of striking a Lawrence officer in the face with his arm after he pulled away from the officer who was attempting to arrest him. Sarna said the officer minutes earlier observed Kerns urinating in the alley in the 1300 block of Ohio Street and that Kerns did not produce any identification when asked. After a brief foot chase, Kerns was taken in to custody and found to be in possession of a driver’s license that did not belong to him, Sarna said. The officer did not require any medical attention.

According to jail records, prosecutors last weekend opted not to file a charge in connection with the fake ID allegation, but Branson said Tuesday it will be reviewed again before Kerns’ first appearance scheduled for Sept. 19.


blindrabbit 6 years, 8 months ago

Instead of "using his redshirt this season", maybe a striped shirt might be more appropriate. BTW, I thought those graduating from Rockhurst were supposed to be more upstanding than this individual displayed.

Lisa Rasor 6 years, 8 months ago

Rockhurst High has its share of troublemakers, just like any other high school in this country. Just because it's a private school doesn't mean the kids there behave any better than kids attending public schools.

irvan moore 6 years, 8 months ago

if you commit battery on a leo you have no business having a scholarship at a state university. you cannot not charge someone who puts their hands on a police officer regardless of them being a ku athlete. how in the heck does the da review the case, think it would be a question if a non ku athlete? what happened to the curfew, it could have saved him a lot of trouble.

Haiku_Cuckoo 6 years, 8 months ago

No wonder he got busted for using a fake ID, he looks like he's 12 years old!

Coach Gill won't stand for that sort of nonsense. This kid is history.

lonelyboy 6 years, 8 months ago

Yep .. send him packing . Not smart enough to stay out of trouble. The last guy was just picked up for a warrant , right? and kicked off the team ! This kid hit a police officer . Bye Bye Baby Hewey !!!

NOTcrusher 6 years, 8 months ago

I smell a cover-up in the works . . .



blindrabbit 6 years, 8 months ago

UNIKU: I was being facetious when I said "upstanding" in my first. I cannot stand the Catholic holier-than-thou B.S. that tries to dominate sports, let alone our whole society. I got a firsthand demonstration of N.D. pompacity (sp) when I attended the K.U./N.D. football game a few years ago in South Bend.

kujayhawk 6 years, 8 months ago

Wrong, meaning Gills "punishment" won't be dependent upon the players skill level.

Bob Forer 6 years, 8 months ago

The kid needs to go. Any player who cannot outrun a Lawrence police officer is an embarrassment to the team.

ResQd 6 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for the laugh this evening! On a serious note, if I read this article correctly, why are they not prosecuting him to the full extent of the law! It sounds like he's going to get a slap on the wrist from the internal investigation! Nonsense!

Deb Engstrom 6 years, 8 months ago

I don't understand how kicking him off the team is going to help either him or the team. Suspension maybe.

puddleglum 6 years, 8 months ago

where's mangino when we need him? he'd know how to punish this guy

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