Originally published September 4, 2009 at 02:31p.m., updated September 4, 2009 at 03:51p.m.

KU associate AD enters diversion over domestic violence charge

Diversion agreement to last 1 year


Kansas University associate athletic director Chris Howard has entered into a diversion agreement in Douglas County District Court on two misdemeanor charges he faced related to a June domestic incident at his home.

David Melton, a chief assistant Douglas County district attorney, said Howard entered the one-year diversion agreement in court on Aug. 7.

Lawrence police arrested Howard, 41, at his Lawrence home on June 7, and prosecutors charged him with domestic battery and intimidation of a witness, both misdemeanor counts. According to court records, Howard, a KU graduate, faced the domestic battery charge because he intentionally caused physical contact with a family member in “a rude, insulting or angry manner.”

Jim Marchiony, an associate AD for external relations, confirmed that Howard is still employed with KU Athletics Inc. Marchiony said the department declined to comment further because it was a personnel issue. Melton said diversion agreements generally require the defendant to complete counseling.

Howard’s younger brother, Ryan Howard, is the all-star first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies.


SchaeHawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Not sure embarrasing would be the right word. Everyone makes mistakes and I wouldn't cast judgement on someone unless you were in their shoes and were in the situation. Mr. Howard is apparently a smart man to get where he is today and will bounce back....part of the Jayhawk Family....keep your head up

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Being a smart man and getting somewhere in life doesn't justify domestic abuse. Sorry.

Marcia Parsons 10 years, 9 months ago

"...he intentionally caused physical contact with a family member in “a rude, insulting or angry manner.” I guess I'm not sure what that means, but it doesn't sound like he hit anyone. Surely it wouldn't be a misdemeanor if he actually battered someone.

Luan Do 10 years, 9 months ago

Maybe he didn't want to say it more than once.

lance1jhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

I think he just spanked his kid... and his ex called the cops.

Dan Pawlowski 10 years, 9 months ago

Not sure how how you are defining smart. It's sounds like he did something stupid.

bayareajhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Let's not rush to judgment here. None of us know what happened.

Eliott Reeder 10 years, 9 months ago

Personally, I'm a big "innocent until proven guilty" fan. People usually get arrested for a reason, but not always. Hard to tell from this little snippet. I think we all should hold judgement, and his neighbors should keep an eye out and call the cops or kick his ass if he is actually out hand.

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