Archive for Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Freshman KU basketball player Brannen Greene cited for leaving scene of accident

July 23, 2013


Incoming freshman Kansas University basketball player Brannen Greene is scheduled to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court after being cited last week for leaving the scene of an accident.

Greene, 18, of Monroe, Ga., was cited July 17 by Lawrence police investigating a non-injury accident on July 13, in which a car was damaged by a vehicle that left the scene, according to police reports.

A 6-foot-7 small forward from Tift County High in Tifton, Ga., Greene signed to play at KU in November and has been practicing with the team this summer. He was ranked 47th among ESPN's top 100 high school players in the 2013 recruiting class.

The accident was reported about 3:20 a.m. on July 13, in the 2000 block of Ousdahl Rd., where an unoccupied 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis was struck while parked in a driveway. The trunk of the car was significantly damaged, according to police. Witnesses could not immediately identify the vehicle that struck the Mercury, but police later determined that it was a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer belonging to a 25-year-old Lawrence man and driven by Greene.

Greene was cited for leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage and failure to report an accident. He is scheduled to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court on Aug. 7.

Kansas University associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said athletics officials were aware of the incident but that there would be no publicly announced sanctions. "There certainly will be discipline, but it will be handled internally," he said.


flloyd 4 years, 7 months ago

Welcome to Lawrence, Brannen. Now go back to Georgia as we are trying to once again run a top notch program.

Mark Newton 4 years, 7 months ago

"We"? Which part are you running?

Give the kid a break. I know I wrecked a couple of vehicles at his age. All we know is he wrecked a car and you want to send him home?? The kid can play too!

Frank A Janzen 4 years, 7 months ago

"...leaving the scene of an accident..." Why give the kid a break? He was trying to get away with this.

NewKansan 4 years, 7 months ago

Deserves punishment of course, but unless there's a history of issues with this kid...doesn't mean he should be kicked off the team. Pay for the damages, do a fair share of community service, run a couple hundred laps in the gym until his legs about fall off, and move on.

Topple 4 years, 7 months ago

When I returned home from deployment in the Air Force, I was greeted by a smashed in car door and front wheel well fender. No note, nothing. Some low life who took zero responsibility for their actions took $1000 out of my pocket. I have no sympathy for this kid, nor any respect.

Deb Engstrom 4 years, 7 months ago

They've kept kids on the team that have done much worse than this. It's really none of our business, is it??

Topple 4 years, 7 months ago

Well, these players represent KU, which many of us are alumni of. Many people donate money to the endowments that fund virtually all scholarships for these players. Thus, it is our business who they recruit, and what kind of people they may be. He's plenty old enough to know better. He smashes up another person's car then tries to stick them with the bill?

juma 4 years, 7 months ago

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NewKansan 4 years, 7 months ago

It is an internal matter with public scrutiny from those that most likely don't know anything about the people involved or the incident. Punish him and move on. No reason to send a kid home for this though. If there are a string of issues (or a background from HS), then that's a different story.

College athletes (especially from high-profile programs like KU) are in the public eye, but they are kids that screw up from time to time. It's not just at KU, but at all universities. If you don't attend a KU athletic event because of this, that's obviously your choice. But you are also passing judgment on an entire department for the actions of a few. I feel sorry for you...

mom_of_three 4 years, 7 months ago

he left the scene of an accident..... lots of stupid college students do that. he may have been partying (assumptions), but a lot of college kids do that too.
No one was injured..... and he will not make that mistake again.

jonas_opines 4 years, 7 months ago

It's a popular theory that at the first known bad decision one's life should be ruined to be an example for others . . . .

. . . glad that wasn't the standard I had to maintain.

GUMnNUTS 4 years, 7 months ago

Apparently, people around here have high horse's.

bad_dog 4 years, 7 months ago

Corrals filled with them; saddled up, ready to ride at a moment's notice...

Clickker 4 years, 7 months ago

It was actually a good move to get the hell out of there. No one was hurt and he would have likely faced more serious charges like OUI. That neighborhood at that time in some 25 yr olds car? Someone got some 'splanin to do.

Bladerunner 4 years, 7 months ago

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weeslicket 4 years, 7 months ago

3:20 am. betcha that topic comes up in the conversation.

please, no more moon bars.

Maggie Morrissey 4 years, 7 months ago

I've met him and he is a nice young man. He's a kid just like the rest, he had a lapse in judgement, he just also happens to play for KU.......he who has not sinned, cast the first stone...THEN ride off on your high horse! (I loved that post hahahaha)

feefifofum 4 years, 7 months ago

You get your semi-free pass ( I am sure some kind of discipline will be involved) out of the way early. Brannen - snap out of it !

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