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Affidavit reveals new details in Josh Jackson car vandalism case

Kansas guard Josh Jackson takes the court during a practice on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Sprint Center.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson takes the court during a practice on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Sprint Center.

March 16, 2017, 11:50 a.m. Updated March 16, 2017, 3:23 p.m.

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A newly released court document in the incident between KU basketball star Josh Jackson and women’s basketball player McKenzie Calvert includes allegations that Jackson said he was going to “beat” the female athlete.

At the request of the Journal-World, Douglas County District Court has released the affidavit that was filed as part of a Dec. 9 incident involving Jackson and Calvert, which resulted in Jackson facing a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property.

The incident became most heated in a parking lot across the street from the Lawrence bar The Yacht Club, where Jackson and Calvert had both been. Calvert said she was in that parking lot when she noticed Jackson angrily stepping towards her, and she and a teammate then got into her car.

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Josh Jackson car vandalism affidavit ( .PDF )

Soon, Calvert's 2016 Ford Focus was damaged to the tune of thousands of dollars and Jackson "was yelling for her to get out of the car and that he would beat her ass," the affidavit says.

The affidavit in Jackson's case was filed by police justifying a court summons he was served on March 7. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 12, where he will be arraigned. All allegations made within the affidavit must be proven in court.

The allegation about Jackson threatening to beat Calvert was made by Calvert. That allegation is not made by two other witnesses that are included in the affidavit, although it isn't clear whether they were specifically asked about that part of the incident.

The following details are taken from Jackson's affidavit:

In the early morning hours of Dec. 9, a Friday, members of KU's men's and women's basketball teams were partying at Lawrence's Yacht Club, 530 Wisconsin St. There, Calvert told police she argued with her ex-boyfriend, KU men's basketball player Lagerald Vick.

Earlier in the morning, Vick showed up to the bar with his new girlfriend, which was upsetting, Calvert told police in a Jan. 30 interview.

"Toward the end of the night, Vick would look at her while dancing with his new girlfriend as if he were taunting her," Calvert told police.

At closing time, Calvert said she threw a drink on Vick as he walked near her, then she left the bar.

As she left, Calvert said she heard Jackson say "hey (expletive)" while he had something in his hand, which might have been a bottle.

Calvert said she did not believe any of the drink she threw hit Jackson. She told him that if he threw something at her, she would call the police.

Jackson followed Calvert to her car, she said. Soon, KU women's basketball player Caelynn Manning-Allen grabbed Jackson, trying to restrain him.

Calvert said she got into her car and was joined by Eboni Watts, another KU women's basketball player.

Also interviewed on Jan. 30, Manning-Allen corroborated Calvert's recollection that she tried to hold Jackson back.

Manning-Allen "said she got in front of Jackson and grabbed hold of his arms," the affidavit says. "Jackson then kicked the driver's door."

Around this time, Calvert said Watts left the car, but Watts told Calvert to stay put.

In another Jan. 30 interview, Watts said that once she left Calvert's car, "Jackson began banging on the driver's window" while continuing to yell at Calvert.

"Watts said she witnessed Jackson kick Calvert's driver's door twice, near the door handle," the affidavit says. She also said she saw Jackson kick the tail light.

Eventually, Manning-Allen said she was able to get Jackson away from Calvert's car.

At McCarthy Hall, home to the men's basketball team, police interviewed Jackson alongside KU men's basketball coach Bill Self at about 5:45 a.m. the same day.

Jackson told police that after following Calvert out of the bar and to her car, he "asked why she was there and why she hadn't left," the affidavit says. "Jackson said he kicked the left rear quarter panel on the vehicle one time, just above the wheel well."

"Jackson said there were several other people around the vehicle, some of whom were throwing rocks at the vehicle," the affidavit continues. "Jackson said he did not believe he had damaged the vehicle."

Neither Calvert, Manning-Allen or Watts mentioned anybody other than Jackson damaging the car, though it is not clear whether they were asked about any other suspects.

Around 1:58 that morning, Calvert called police, who responded to the scene and began investigating.

The front right bumper, grille, fender, windshield, left tail lamp assembly and driver's side front door were all damaged in the incident, the affidavit says. The total cost to repair the damage was estimated at $3,150.45.

Witnesses only reported Jackson damaging the driver's door and left tail light. The estimated cost to fix those two items is $1,127.45, the affidavit says.

A single, misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property of less than $1,000 was filed against Jackson on Feb. 24.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said in a news release Jackson was not charged with felony criminal damage, defined as damage exceeding $1,000, because "the state can't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that all the damage to the door and tail light were caused by Jackson due to other unidentifiable individual(s) damaging the vehicle."

A spokeswoman in Branson’s office on Thursday said the office was not answering additional questions about the incident, including whether Jackson’s alleged threat of violence or Calvert’s throwing of a drink were reviewed for possible prosecution. In Kansas, assault charges can be brought forward based on verbal threats.

Jackson received “appropriate in-house discipline” immediately following the incident, Self has previously said. That discipline, however, did not include a suspension from any games. Calvert has said she did receive a suspension from the women’s basketball team following the incident, but that suspension was then lifted before the team’s next game. Both Calvert and her father, Tim Calvert, have made numerous public statements alleging that KU has treated Calvert unfairly, especially compared to any discipline Jackson has received.

On Thursday, a KU Athletics Department spokesman reiterated the department was aware of these allegations and has taken appropriate measures.

"As we already knew, some of our men’s and women’s student-athletes made some poor decisions that night," Athletics Department spokesman Jim Marchiony said. "The release of this information today does not change our understanding of the events of that evening. As we’ve said, we have already handled the internal Athletics discipline regarding this incident."

Comments

James Findley 1 month, 1 week ago

Boring!!! What do you want the law to do to Jackson? Throw him in jail? This is idiotic. I can't wait for this saga to be over.

Scott Callahan 1 month, 1 week ago

Boys and Girls......Nosy hick news. Move on.

Camron Flanders 1 month, 1 week ago

"A great ambassador for our university."

Bob Etzel 1 month, 1 week ago

Trying to create a story out of very little news. I see a non-newsworthy individual attempting to get their toe in the national spotlight by clinging to the coat tails of a hard working basketball player and hopefully a national championship team.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month, 1 week ago

A bunch of drama queens, the guys and the gals. Grow the "expletive" up.

Steve Jacob 1 month, 1 week ago

It's a story when it's a Top 5 NBA pick. Just stupidity on Jackson's (and Vick's) part. Jackson will be asked about this a lot before the NBA Draft.

Paul Beyer 1 month, 1 week ago

Don't any of those attacking Jackson understand this simple fact in the article? "All allegations made within the affidavit must be proven in court." In simple language for simple minds, it's not a proven fact, simply someone's claims.

John Price 1 month, 1 week ago

Why the new article with nothing new the day before the Jayhawk's game. Are you deliberately trying to hurt the team or are you using the proximity of the the timing and your tantalizing title to get more hits??? Either way, you should be ashamed of yourselves. As a long time alumnus, I find it offensive. If Jackson did in fact commit a crime, he should be punished like anyone else. Too bad you can't treat him like anyone else!!

Steve Johnson 1 month, 1 week ago

exactly a hack piece by a hack reporter

David Chartrand 1 month, 1 week ago

Sloppy work by reporter Swanson and his copy desk. The lede (first line) is contradicted by the rest of the story. The lede refers to "...allegations that Jackson said he was going to “beat” the female athlete." Note the PLURAL use of allegations. However, the story test clarifies -- in paragraph 6 -- that there is only one such allegation: "The allegation about Jackson threatening to beat Calvert was made by Calvert. That allegation is not made by two other witnesses that are included in the affidavit..." It's this kind of imprecise reporting that damages public trust in a free and independent news media. Example #2: Alarming Kansas headlines last month that certain KU players were "persons of interest" in a police of investigation — without clarifying that "persons of interest" is nothing but cop slang and linguistic deadwood.. "Persons of interest" = a possible witness or someone with possibly helpful information. The Journal-World can do better than this. The average reader does not have a command of legal terms like "affidavit" or "arraignment" or "domestic violence" so it's our job to help him out. Journalists have no greater obligation than replacing confusion and rumor with clarity, precision and understanding. I don't give a twat about Josh Jackson's future. I care about accuracy and fairness. — David Chartrand, journalist-author

Randolf Fellows 1 month, 1 week ago

"Persons of interest" = a possible witness or someone with possibly helpful information. David, your reference to "Persons of interest" is plural, but the definition you provide is for the singular case. It's this kind of sloppy, imprecise trolling in the comment section of a medium small Midwestern newspaper being operated on a shoe string budget that undermines public confidence in silly online exercises in self importance. I don't disagree with you that media's lack of objective methods and rigor in reporting is making it hard to trust our news sources, but these criticisms are pretty petty.

Steve Johnson 1 month, 1 week ago

Swanson is an idiot who has never competed in sports a day in his life. I don't care if he said he was going to kick her butt, guess what, he didn't!
As usual horrible job by the journal world

Randall Allen 1 month, 1 week ago

Why is it that really good basketball players are often really bad people? KU fans can overlook anything their players do.

Steve Johnson 1 month, 1 week ago

ok superstar, you don't even know the facts. It must be hard being perfect. People make mistakes but doesn't make them a bad person.

Rob Chestnut 1 month, 1 week ago

Players need to understand that their behavior is scrutinized. This is especially true of a player with the future earning potential of Mr. Jackson. That being said, I am sure that these type of encounters happen often among 18-22 year old kids. My guess is that the affidavit is not far from the truth, but I am sure that the Douglas County DA did the calculus on what can be proven in court and will adjudicate it appropriately.

Bob Smith 1 month, 1 week ago

Apologists are in full cry this morning.

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