KU running back James Sims arrested for operating under the influence

April 8, 2012


A Kansas University football player was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence early Sunday morning, according to Jim Marchiony, associate athletic director.

James D. Sims, 20, a junior running back originally from Irving, Texas, who started all 12 football games in his sophomore season, was arrested in the 1300 block of Jayhawk Boulevard shortly after 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

Marchiony said the team will handle discipline for Sims internally.

According to Douglas County Jail records, Sims posted a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in municipal court on April 25.

Additional details concerning the arrest were not available from the KU Public Safety Office on Sunday.


ahyland 6 years, 2 months ago

That's true — but as I was unable to obtain additional details from police as of yet, I don't know whether the arrest involved alcohol or drugs.

In criminal cases in Kansas prosecutors must prove a driver’s blood-alcohol content was 0.08 percent or more whether the driver is of legal drinking age or not. But a driver under the age of 21 can face driver’s license restrictions if his or her blood-alcohol content was at least 0.02 percent.

I'm sure our nighttime folks will be on it, but it's possible those details won't be available until Monday.

We'll keep following it either way.

Andy Hyland LJWorld Reporter

itsalwayssunnyinlarry 6 years, 2 months ago

For minors isn't a zero tolerance policy? Any trace (even under .08) of alcohol would result in a dui for him.

kuguardgrl13 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm pretty sure most if not all states have it at .02 for minors for things like cough syrup and mouthwash that contain traces of alcohol. .00 would be pretty harsh. Not saying it gives kids the right to have a drink and then drive though.

Paula Kissinger 6 years, 2 months ago

OK...we are about to see what Charlie is all about. If Sims is not formally charged or suffers no consequences then it is the same old Athletic Department at work. BTW...WTG KUPD !

irvan moore 6 years, 2 months ago

i'm prfetty sure cw is not gonna be the kind of guy to miss an opportunity to send a loud and clear message

itsalwayssunnyinlarry 6 years, 2 months ago

he's already sent a few. I feel like just last week he dismissed a player for breaking team rules in addition to the ten earlier.

kuguardgrl13 6 years, 2 months ago

It's underage and on campus. Against the law and against school policy. Sims is out of here or at least won't be playing some games.

doc1 6 years, 2 months ago

He was actually framed by the LPD, in Lieu of KUPD.

James Minor 6 years, 2 months ago

Charlie may have a challenge with the discipline. James is a good running back and unless he has some prior problems he may have to put some strict discipline on him but keep him on the team. The other players were has beens going nowwhere, but James looks like he has pro potential. KU needs to find out who sold him the alcohol if drinking was the issue and punish them too.

somebodynew 6 years, 2 months ago

To find out who provided the alcohol (probably didn't pay for it), they might have to look in some 'Caves', or any of the other joints.

Boomtroculous 6 years, 2 months ago

Doesn't matter anyway, he's a football player and there are special rules for football players.

juma 6 years, 2 months ago

i was at a meeting a few weeks ago where the speaker was the football coach from Alabama? (don't remember the name). Anyway, he told the story of a player (similar to this situation) and he told this player that his lack of judgement could result in 30M$$$ difference if drafted. Tell this young, stupid kid that OK Coach.

juma 6 years, 2 months ago

Who sold him the alcohol?????? WTF!!!! He is underage; he knows he is underage. Who is to blame?? HIM.

Mandie Eutsler 6 years, 2 months ago

bummer, not the kind of stories I like to see about KU football. He!! with it, get rid of him...

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

Will a KU athlete receive preferential treatment?

Vaildini 6 years, 2 months ago

Bad judgement. 1 of many college kids in this town to do so. Very unfortunate. Hope he learns from this. To think he should be kicked off the team is riciculous. To think its athletic preferential treatment isn't realistic. Normal treatment doesn't get you listed in tyhe newspaper and publically ridiculed in as forum so I don't know how it gets better for him. If he has kept his nose clean til now he will probably face some kind of diversion. This is serious but unfortunatly not uncommon. For posters who think this is unbearable you should get out and see the world more. Let's teach the kid and all the reat who were operating under the influence that night aand every night.

Armen Kurdian 6 years, 2 months ago

Could be he took too much Nyquil for that sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy-head, fever so he could rest medicine.

Yes I know my grammar is incorrect in the previous sentence. Still sounds funny though.

Gregory Newman 6 years, 2 months ago

send him home and quit recruiting Texas. Recruit California

Jeremiah Jefferson 6 years, 2 months ago

Say it aint so. Surely a KU player didn't break the law. I thought only Kentucky Players did that bwaahahaaaaa. Atleast thats what the story was last week lol.

bd 6 years, 2 months ago

At least a chalupa was not involved!!!!

somedude20 6 years, 2 months ago

Maybe this dude believes the hype that life begins at conception which could make him 21. Can't have it both ways there MAD MOMS OF GOD! Babies are 9 months old when birthed so a 20yr 3month old should be able to drink. God knows they can go off to war at 20.3

David Lee Roth is JESUS!

TopJayhawk 6 years, 2 months ago

That was completely off topic, hostile, and just plain stupid. I hope you get your issues worked out someday.

TopJayhawk 6 years, 2 months ago

and by the way. It is a three game suspension. Pretty heavy. Good job Charile.

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