KU football player charged with felony assault, dismissed from team
A University of Kansas football player has been kicked off the team after allegedly threatening a woman with a gun and being arrested Sunday evening in Lawrence.
KU football head coach David Beaty announced Monday that sophomore defensive end Maciah A. Long had been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules, according to a KU Athletics news release.
Long, 19, appeared Monday afternoon in Douglas County District Court, via video-conference from the jail. He was charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a handgun, a felony; one count of marijuana possession, a misdemeanor; and one count of criminal damage to property for also damaging the assault victim’s TV, a misdemeanor, according to the charges.
In court, prosecutors said a loaded handgun was allegedly involved in the incident and they requested a $6,000 bond for Long.
Judge James George set Long’s bond at $5,000 and his next court appearance for Tuesday afternoon.
Long told the judge he planned to hire his own attorney.
Long was arrested shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday at a south Lawrence apartment complex that was listed as his home address, according to jail records.
Lawrence police officer Drew Fennelly said the related incident was a domestic disturbance but declined to provide more details.
Long, a native of Houston, Texas, played both linebacker and tight end for the Jayhawks in 2016, according to KU Athletics’ news release. According to KU Athletics, Long did not record any defensive statistics and was credited with one yard on two carries on the offensive side of the ball.
Long’s name had been removed from KU Athletics’ online football roster Monday morning.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office denied the Journal-World’s request for Long’s jail mugshot.