Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Court date delayed for KU basketball player charged with possessing alcohol


A Tuesday afternoon court date for Ben McLemore, the Kansas University basketball player who faces a a charge of minor in possession of alcohol, has been delayed.

According to court records, Lawrence attorney Al Lopes, also a former KU player, recently entered his appearance to represent McLemore, and District Judge Peggy Kittel granted a defense request to delay Tuesday’s arraignment until Jan. 19.

McLemore was ticketed Nov. 4 after a state Alcoholic Beverage Control officer alleged the 18-year-old freshman was found with a Red Bull and vodka drink at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. On Dec. 13, McLemore was arrested and posted $500 bond on a warrant after he failed to appear in court Dec. 6.

KU coach Bill Self said after the arrest McLemore did not let anyone know he had been cited, otherwise team officials would have made sure he appeared in court. Self said discipline would be handled internally.

McLemore, of St. Louis, is ineligible to play in games this year after the NCAA declared him a partial academic qualifier. Self also has said McLemore was expected to begin practicing with the team in January after his fall semester grades are turned in.


Greg Lux 2 years, 3 months ago

In a small town like Lawrence I find it almost impossible that the athletic department had no idea of this kids arrest ... Something smells.. Get it together young man you have a great future ahead of you don't keep screwing it up please...

Rock Chalk


Cantkeepagooddudedown 2 years, 3 months ago

This is one of those things that someday.. sometime... this won't even be a citation. It shouldn't be at all. 18 is the age that a child officially becomes an adult in this country. He could get drafted... his parents no longer have ANY say in what he chooses to do. He's gotta get his own insurance. The list things that change at 18 go on and on and on. Calling a 18, 19 or 20 year old living away from home, paying his or her own rent, going to fight for his or her country.... a "minor"... just doesn't make sense to me. The arguments about safety and responsibility are out the window as well, because a 21 year old drinking legally is not one ounce safer or more responsible than a kid 2 years younger drinking illegally.

and kcticketguy... that's wonderful news in your whole blog about how all mclemore screwed up. And I'm not denying he did by not going to court. But the essential point here is that this is ridiculous a hypocritical law... and he should have never been here to begin with. All those negative consequences are because of something that shouldn't even be a crime. Every police officer that I know and probably every single politician drank before they were 21. Me and a vast majority of people chose not to obey it.... even the people who make and enforce it.


begin60 2 years, 3 months ago

I smell southern justice. Judge Peggy Kittel is no moral paragon, but with KU grads it's best to hold low expectations anyhow.


Steve Brown 2 years, 3 months ago

Is he going to wear Brady's #?


Kc Ticketguy 2 years, 3 months ago

Again..To everyone saying this is no big deal that this kid got an MIP and blew off the court date. Take a look at this.


REHawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Duh, wull, I wuz huntin catfish wun night ant this durnd turkee leept outta the butches and made me pee ma droors!


Scott Morgan 2 years, 3 months ago

An 18 year old with a Red Bull and vodka. If we spend a dime of our tax money litigating, it's 10 cents too much.

Jeez Louieez, Self should run his butt off and remember he probably did the same thing. Did any of you folks?


jhox 2 years, 3 months ago

I think the days of athletes getting special treatment from the Lawrence PD and court system have passed. Now they probably get worse treatment than the general public, in that something that nobody outside the family would know about (if this were a non athlete) is now in the headlines for everyone to see. But that probably goes with the territory. It has its pluses and minuses. The local fame probably lands you a lot of girls and free drinks at the night clubs, but you pay for it when something like this transpires.


rwhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Is a catfishturkey a crossbreed (for definition see your family tree). And please clarify what you mean by being a hunter of named animal. Shooting to kill? Looking for love?


catfishturkeyhunter 2 years, 3 months ago

I bet all the evidence gets convienently lost as a result of the delay which will result in a dismissal and this guy like all the other hood rat KU players will never face the consequences of being an idiot.


locolori 2 years, 3 months ago

Please explain to me why the basketball players and football players in this town get special treatment. If that was a normal person they wouldnt get a delay for sure.....Ive lived here my whole life and the college kids get away with so much isnt it time they get treated like everyone else


Katy Shaflestad 2 years, 3 months ago

This could have all been handled without the public finding out if he had just told the coaching staff like he should have. Live and learn. Now he knows you can't just do nothing and expect to be off the hook cause of your status as a Kansas basketball player. Laws DO still apply! Quicker you learn you are blessed to be in your position and don't take things for granted so much, the sooner you will be in a position to succeed and be a leader for what will eventually be "your" team.


Eric Neuteboom 2 years, 3 months ago

Hawk, please go back and re-read the article. He was arrested for failing to appear, not for the MIP. He was initially cited for the incident at A&J.


Hawk007 2 years, 3 months ago

So, you get arrested now for an MIP? You used to just get a ticket and sent on your way. You actually have to post bail for this? Unreal. Please don't clog our court system up with this crap.


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