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Originally published December 6, 2007 at 03:19p.m., updated December 6, 2007 at 06:23p.m.

Brandon Rush taken into custody on traffic warrants

KU basketball player Brandon Rush, left, with Michael Lee, graduate student manager for the KU men's basketball team, leaves the Douglas County Jail Thursday after Rush was arrested on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court for traffic violations. Rush was released from jail after posting $500 bond.

KU basketball player Brandon Rush, left, with Michael Lee, graduate student manager for the KU men's basketball team, leaves the Douglas County Jail Thursday after Rush was arrested on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court for traffic violations. Rush was released from jail after posting $500 bond.

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Law enforcement officials have taken Kansas junior guard Brandon Rush into custody.

City prosecutor Jerry Little confirmed just before 3 p.m. Thursday, Rush appeared in Lawrence Municipal Court to take care of a traffic matter. According to Little, Rush had outstanding warrants and the judge ordered him to be transported to the Douglas County Jail.

Rush was arrested on two warrants for failing to appear in municipal court. He's charged in one case with driving with a suspended license and speeding on Oct. 19, 2007. He also faces charges from a December 2006 case for driving on the left of a roadway and having no proof of insurance.

Rush was supposed to appear in municipal court on Nov. 28 but failed to show up. He was not scheduled to appear in municipal court today.

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self issued a statement on the arrest of junior guard Brandon Rush and said he would not be suspended for Saturday's game in Allen Fieldhouse against DePaul.

"We are disappointed because our players need to be more responsible when handling situations in dealing with the law," Self said.

"Brandon did not to appear in court, therefore, this happened. This is a costly lesson for him and a great lesson for the rest of our players. Although this matter has been reported publicly, any team punishment will be handled internally."

Rush practiced with the team.

"My dealings with Brandon and our team under these situations, I'm not going to make it public what we talk about or what we do," Self told reporters. "I'm disappointed because we should be more responsible."

More details as they develop.

Comments

fansincewilt 13 years, 10 months ago

I don't think this is as a big deal as everybody is making it out to be. Brandon is not the first young man who didn't realize the importance of paying his traffic fines. This is just a lesson in life that he needed to learn. Let's not down the guy. The suspended license is probably due to some of the same lack of taking care of this kind of business. I think he has had enough punishment and now it is time to move on. I cannot believe some of the remarks directed towards this young man. It's a lesson learned - part of life - part of growing up. Let's beat DePaul on Saturday.

Carter Patterson 13 years, 10 months ago

Looks like he may have to spend a 4th year in Lawrence.

DSommersby 13 years, 10 months ago

Let's get it together guys. Take care of your business. We still support you but take care of your business.

Mangino_Maniac 13 years, 10 months ago

Umm... sorry, but this is pretty pathetic.

If you get a ticket, pay it. If you are to appear in court, show up. And for gawd's sake... carry a valid license and be insured when getting behind the wheel. Ridiculous.

actorman 13 years, 10 months ago

Just what we need. Great move, Brandon.

John Percival 13 years, 10 months ago

yeah, he's ready for life on his own in the NBA

yovoy 13 years, 10 months ago

well, he didn't steal anything, he didn't beat anybody up, so at least it's "victimless". i'm not saying it's good, but it could be worse.

palewhale 13 years, 10 months ago

At least the LJW didn't overhype the headline "Rush taken into custody" or "Rush jailed".

Just looking for something positive out of it...there's not much else.

jman18562 13 years, 10 months ago

So... Say that Brandon really doesn't have a drivers license or insurance... Don't you think he could have one of his thousands of adoring fans give him a ride? He may have a few less fans after this inexcusable mishap.

Marcia Parsons 13 years, 10 months ago

Maybe we should wait for some more information before passing judgment?

thabergman 13 years, 10 months ago

One of those fans gives him a ride and the NCAA suspends him for taking gifts, jman.

ks_univ_nut 13 years, 10 months ago

This was Lawrence CITY COURT. I'm not making excuses for anybody here, but, I wonder how many cases were in front or behind his that went unpublicized? Probably a bunch. I wonder how many people, on the KU campus, have outstanding warrants or citations at this very moment. Probably a bunch. I think because of his high profile he is being made an example of. I wonder who the judge was?

JBurtin 13 years, 10 months ago

Not a big deal, he just didn't pay a ticket on time. It sucks for him, but I'm sure he'll get it sorted out.

Tony Peck 13 years, 10 months ago

Don't you think he could have one of his thousands of adoring fans give him a ride?

If they are an alumni...then he gets suspended for accepting gifts from a booster...

John Stowell 13 years, 10 months ago

It's not like he did anything really terrible, but I can't believe he'd be so stupid as to let some traffic offenses result in this. I wouldn't want to be in the room when Rush has to explain himself to Self.

Jonathan Allison 13 years, 10 months ago

Wasn't it Jeff Hawkins who had like 200 unpaid parking tickets and a hit and run? That was pretty much no news, but of course J Hawk wasn't exactly an All-American either. This will bring us some negative attention. but not as much as it would have had it happened during conference play when we will be on TV every week. Let him take care of his dirty laundry suspend him and move on.

It shouldn't end up being a big deal, but seriously boys. You know better than this.

William Cormode 13 years, 10 months ago

Stupid frickin idiot!!!

YOUR BROTHER HAS MILLIONS!!! PAY THE DARN TICKET!!!!

JBurtin 13 years, 10 months ago

I think his millionaire brother probably disowned him for coming to KU. lol

longhawk 13 years, 10 months ago

Funny thing is that he's probably the 2nd most recognizable person in Lawrence behind Danny. And they hadn't served the warrant. I wonder how long it would have gone unnoticed if he hadn't gone in to pay it himself?

I really don't think this is that big if a deal. At least it appears he was trying to do the responsible thing, JUST TOO LATE! Should have gone to court when he was supposed to, although that might have meant missing the Florida Atlantic game.

ku_bringback_danny 13 years, 10 months ago

Typical to the "T" no insurance, suspended license we can all see he is learning from big brotha!!!!

cklarock 13 years, 10 months ago

Hahahahaha, not a big deal. Totally happened to me once.

This is how young men learn to just pay the damn thing, and stay insured. :)

Michael Auchard 13 years, 10 months ago

If he has no priors he'll probably get diversion on the worst of the two (no insurance) and I doubt there's much of a penalty for the other infraction, however, if he still does not have current insurance this could actually go down badly. Not horribly, but badly as far as a little manditory time/money. I don't really read enough details in the above story to really know where he's at legally.

Wayne Seymour 13 years, 10 months ago

Why can't one take care of auto tickets, too damn lazy or else since he is a big time bb player, I don't have to worry about tickets..........regardless, it is good to see his butt get slapped

bmcmich1 13 years, 10 months ago

On a day when you also see that a starting O-Lineman for A&M got busted for drugs and B&E with a weapon, B-Rush forgetting to pay some traffic tickets just doesn't look so bad. Slap on the wrist, "hey idiot pay 'em on time from now on," wink, shoulder slap, and be done with it. Non-issue.

KUglow 13 years, 10 months ago

Actually, I think B Rush was feeling bad that the LJW didn't have any KU football players to talk to so he figured he would give them something to fill up their time until the Orange Bowl hits.

QB1976 13 years, 10 months ago

For you people who think this is the worst thing that could happen, get a life. While I am not saying driving on a suspended is the right thing to do or driving without insurance (mind you he may have not had it in the car which you could just go and show the proof and the ticket will be wiped out), but these are traffic tickets that anyone could get. This is something that happens. I myself forgot to pay a ticket and had a warrant issued. Does that make me a bad person? No it does not. Stop acting like this is going to tarnish the program.

nelson 13 years, 10 months ago

Get over it, I bet everyone on this post back in their 20's handled everything with dotted i's and crossed T's. It's his life let him learn from his mistakes. LOOOOOOOSERS

Rock Chalk

klineisanazi 13 years, 10 months ago

The underlying charges aren't serious, but this is embarrassing for Rush and, by association , the Jayhawks. You don't want the crawl at the bottom of ESPN reading "KU's Brandon Rush taken into custody". That is what people will take away from this. Rush is not just a kid..he is older than the average student in his class, and is the face of this team to most people around the country. He needs to grow up.

Ervin O'Neal 13 years, 10 months ago

Ahhh, remember the day when star basketball players for a national championship contender use to receive a warning and a "have a nice day" from the hometown police officers. Especially for victimless crimes. Those were good times.

Now, the Lawrence police department must not be making enough money by simply targeting the students with Johnson County plates so they had to start ticketing our star players too. I thought they were bad when I went there, but apparently its worst than I thought, they are Mizzou (or State) fans. Come 'on commissioner, start asking the important questions before hiring officers.

As long as he is not hurting anyone and continues to represent KU with the high level of class he has shown, the only business Brandon should be taking care of is basketball, grades and enjoying life.

shabbasuraj 13 years, 10 months ago

GEEZAAM...

Cme on B-RUSH get you act together.

LAJayhawk 13 years, 10 months ago

Anyone else find it ironic that this appears on the same internet page as Keegan's article entitled "All Signs Say Rush on Mend"? Got a little chuckle out of that one.

This really isn't that big a deal, but as a famous collegiate athlete, he really should know better. There will be an inhouse punishment, and the story will very shortly be forgotten, except for the occasional sportscaster bringing it up during a game.

jayhawkinATL 13 years, 10 months ago

I agree...Self has to suspend him for at least one game; otherwise, it shows Self to be a VERY poor/weak disciplinarian.

Larry Smith 13 years, 10 months ago

Well, If he showed up today in court to take care of it, maybe he just got his dates mixed up. Just a thought. Having dealt with hundreds of young adults as employees, I know that it happens. And no proof of insurance is just that. At the time he may not have had his insurance card with him, hence the "no proof". It does not mean he did not have insurance. Generally, if that happens, you show up and give them proof you had it, and the charge is dropped.

Hawklin 13 years, 10 months ago

They dont go after people with outstanding tickets. They wait for you to get pulled over and take you in then when they run your license. Shame on Lawrence for handling the situation this way. You just embarassed yourself nationally.

KEITHMILES05 13 years, 10 months ago

Russ Rob said "I represent the University of Kansas."

All athletes need to remember that.

Bruce Brock 13 years, 10 months ago

The cost of flouting traffice laws: maybe a couple of hundred bucks. The cost of flouting traffice laws to a KU basketball player: a couple of hundred bucks, plus national embarrassment, plus some form of internal team punishment. The poster-drawing and chant-writing opportunities for Missouri Antlers and their ilk in Manhattan: priceless.

Welcome to the price of celebrity, Brandon. The entire team will pay that bill all season long.

Ed Fox 13 years, 10 months ago

Obviously this isn't the end of the world and those saying not to blow this out of proportion are correct.

However, we do and should expect more than this from players wearing the KU jersey. Either he should sit a game or that treadmill better wear out with his butt on it.

kranny 13 years, 10 months ago

People, lighten up. First of all November 28th was the Florida Atlantic game and probably classes. Second, the Judge handled the situation like an a$$hole. Thirdly, He got arrested while going in to take care of the situation himself. I'm not condoning his actions but this whole situation including the ridiculous jail time is over the top. I'd like to know what kind of communication went on between him and the courts. This whole situation could have been handled with a hell of a lot more discretion dignity.

kranny 13 years, 10 months ago

I meant to say discretion and dignity.

kc_wildfire 13 years, 10 months ago

kranny...

So classes and basketball rank over going to court and taking care of your personal business?

Next time I will be sure to tell my judge I couldn't make my court date because I had to work.

flipborder02 13 years, 10 months ago

The same think happend to my uncle when he went to KU and it all turned out to be fine. Im not sayin what Rush did was ok but this should turn out to be nothin real serious.

Kit Duncan 13 years, 10 months ago

It does appear that Brandon was trying to do the right thing by showing up to court, albeit late. The judge did the right (legally binding) thing, by having him arrested on his outstanding warrant. Had Brandon only spoken to an attorney, he might have been able to avoid all this publicity and turmoil through the attorney's intercession on his behalf.

My guess is he was not arrested on the Oct ticket but received a summons based on that and his previously unpaid ticket. The warrant was probably not issued until he failed to appear in court on Nov 28 and he may have gone today in the mistaken belief he could make things right just by showing up and paying the fines.

If this is the worst thing Brandon ever does in his life, he'll be fine. Hopefully he'll learn from this mistake and also hopefully the media will give him the pass he deserves.

Unfortunately, as we always said in the Navy, "One aw-shoot erases a thousand attaboys!"

landon_2003 13 years, 10 months ago

seriously ppl....it was only for traffic tickets not a big deal. there are tons of ppl in the same situation. not a big deal at all...get off his back.

jayharchitect 13 years, 10 months ago

Is LJWorld so busy with the Rush story that they don't want to report Mangino winning Coach of the Year?

kunomu 13 years, 10 months ago

Good grief guys calm down. How many of us thought that when Brandon came here we would be dealing with this sort of stuff on a day in day out basis? The kid has been a GREAT representative of the University of Kansas since he has been here. He is allowed one mistake. Self won't suspend him and everything will go on as usual.

This hasn't even made ESPN so to say that it is national news is ridiculous.

klineisanazi 13 years, 10 months ago

I am not saying it is in the end of the world, or that it makes Rush a bad person. He has obviously worked very hard on his rehab and is going all out on the floor. All of this says a lot about his character.

"We are disappointed because our players need to be more responsible when handling situations in dealing with the law," Self said.

My point exactly. Now, let's get on with the season.

Lin Rahardja 13 years, 10 months ago

Considering the size of the city, relatively low crime rate, and Christmas quota is around the corner, this happens all the time. Just pay the fine, buckle up and drive safely, don't let the cop find excuses to stop ya! They will enforce the law and love your $$$. It's a game Brandon cannot win, he needs to move on and focus to win on the basketball court instead.

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