Carlton Bragg Jr. suspended from KU men’s basketball team

No connection to reported McCarthy Hall incident, Self says

Sophomore basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. has been suspended indefinitely from the University of Kansas men’s basketball team, but KU says the suspension is not related to an ongoing investigation into a reported December rape at the building where the basketball team lives.

Carlton is suspended for a violation of team rules,” Self said in a release sent out by KU Athletics officials at about 9 p.m. on Thursday. “This violation is not connected to the alleged incident in McCarthy Hall on December 17.”

Bragg, 21, previously was suspended from the team in mid-December after he was charged with battery stemming from an altercation he had with a 19-year-old woman in the 1000 block of Emery Road. He was 20 at the time of his arrest. Charges were later dismissed against Bragg, and filed against the woman, Saleeha Soofi. Soofi on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to a single misdemeanor charge in the case. She awaits a trial date.

KU police currently are investigating the reported rape of a 16-year-old girl at McCarthy Hall, home to the basketball team and other male upperclass or transfer students. The rape is alleged to have occurred late Dec. 17 or early Dec. 18. Bragg was not one of the five KU basketball players listed as a witness in the rape case. But Bragg was listed as a witness in a case where police responded to a report of a runaway at McCarthy in the early morning hours of Dec. 18. Further details about that incident have not been released.

Attempts to reach KU Athletics officials for further comment on Bragg’s suspension were not successful Thursday evening.