Originally published September 6, 2011 at 02:57p.m., updated September 6, 2011 at 05:30p.m.

KU freshman football player arrested for fake ID, misdemeanor battery on a law enforcement officer


A Kansas University football player was arrested early Saturday, accused of carrying a fake ID, misdemeanor battery on a law enforcement officer and obstruction before he posted bond Sunday evening.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said his office is reviewing whether to file formal charges against Cooper Kerns, an 18-year-old freshman offensive lineman from Leawood who graduated from Rockhurst High School in Missouri. After he posted $500 bond, Kerns was given a notice to appear at 3 p.m. Sept. 19 in Douglas County District Court.

“We’re aware of the situation, and we will handle the matter internally,” KU coach Turner Gill said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. Jim Marchiony, an associate KU athletic director, said Kerns is redshirting this season. He is also a walk-on player not on athletic scholarship.

According to Douglas County Jail records, Kerns was booked just before 2 a.m. Saturday at the jail after he was arrested by a Lawrence police officer in the 400 block of West 14th Street.

Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said Kerns was accused of striking a Lawrence officer in the face with his arm after he pulled away from the officer who was attempting to arrest him. Sarna said the officer minutes earlier observed Kerns urinating in the alley in the 1300 block of Ohio Street and that Kerns did not produce any identification when asked. After a brief foot chase, Kerns was taken in to custody and found to be in possession of a driver’s license that did not belong to him, Sarna said. The officer did not require any medical attention.

According to jail records, prosecutors last weekend opted not to file a charge in connection with the fake ID allegation, but Branson said Tuesday it will be reviewed again before Kerns’ first appearance scheduled for Sept. 19.


Mark Bowers 6 years, 9 months ago

way to be a winner "off the field." this can't be blamed on alcohol, all alcohol does is amplify a persons true character. battery against a law officer shows this guy only thinks of himself and has no control. i'd rather have a program with integrity, rather than classless players with high recruit status.

Randy Bombardier 6 years, 9 months ago

Believe it or not some cops have a chip on their shoulder and are not entirely honest about what happened. Prosecutors always go with the cop. Let us wait and see. If his back was turned and some cop came up and grabbed his arm he may have reacted not knowing it was a cop. We don't know yet.

Nathan Anderson 6 years, 9 months ago

This kid didn't have high recruit status either.

GridironHawk 6 years, 9 months ago

High recruit status? Please tell me you wrote that before you read the players name... I think Gill has already shown that he agrees with you about "a program with integrity". If you want to bash Gill for coaching and last season's 3-9 record that's one thing but to judge his program on a couple immature 18 year olds that made a "mistake" that's pretty hard...

johnnyhrdwd 6 years, 9 months ago

I guess you never had any fun while away at college, I barfed my guts out in the alleys of Lawrence several times. Name me a man who never urinated in public with a fake i.d. in his pocket.

Ben Kliewer 6 years, 9 months ago

Haha, you said he's a classless player with high recruit status. Needless to say, it has been pointed out, this kid's a walk on IE no recruit status. I love how people first complain that they think Gill isn't going to get highly rated recruits in favor of players with "integrity" and the program is going to go down the tubes. Then when we get a pretty decent recruiting class, people start complaining about the lack of integrity of highly rated recruits, and that our program is going to go down the tubes. And then, it turns out to not even be what they're complaining about...silly bowers79 People just want a reason to condemn everyone.

MIZNIT 6 years, 9 months ago

Bowers... You're an idiot. Unless you were there don't make assumptions.

HawkTronic 6 years, 9 months ago

If people wonder why we can't get into the SEC, it's because we can't cover up petty crime. In Gainsville, players have to led police in a high speed chase while driving a stolen police vehicle before it makes the papers.

johnnyhrdwd 6 years, 9 months ago

The city cops turn it over to the campus police at most of the football schools. Then the campus cops tell the coach and not the papers.

ExerSciHawk 6 years, 9 months ago

Bowers, honestly, with "big boys" cops are usually excessively physical, this only induces a more aggressive arrest/scene, who knows what really happened but i know this is common... as for the fake ID, those are EVERYWHERE so that's just unlucky for him to actually get caught. As for the recruits, this guy's from Leawood, not saying he's a perfect citizen but I'm sure he's no different than any other kid from J-county, far from a 'troubled' youth

Troll_or_AntiTroll 6 years, 9 months ago

Agreed. Until today, he was widely-known as "The Pride of the Rock."

Chicago_JHawk 6 years, 9 months ago

According to the time listed (2am Sat), he was arrested the night BEFORE the game, and then spent something like 36 hours in jail before bonding out? Wow! I don't see him sticking around much longer.

smar4 6 years, 9 months ago

exactly my point, unfortunately this kinda trouble will warrant further action

KGphoto 6 years, 9 months ago

Guess that alcohol oath isn't working for $h!T.

Lance Hobson 6 years, 9 months ago

The history of KU football is littered with never-beens like this guy is about to become.

Jason Spangler 6 years, 9 months ago

Have to admit I got really nervous when I read the headline...

But the I was overcome with grand relief.

Well played George.

waywardJay 6 years, 9 months ago

You were thinking it was someone who played.... weren't you ?

actorman 6 years, 9 months ago

George had nothing to do with the headline.

Dyrk Dugan 6 years, 9 months ago

the Douglas Co. DA should change his name. everyone will think he's either a vigilante (Charles Bronson) or a a convicted murderer who escaped and is now on the run (Charles Manson).

Could his last name be spelled any closer to those famous folks? :)

Kris Nelson 6 years, 9 months ago

He's still an idiot, drunk or not, true personality or not. Why is he out at 2 am before the game? So much for Gill running a tighter ship.

smar4 6 years, 9 months ago

he's a walkon, i don't think he even suits up... i don't know for sure but he probably didn't make the final "suit up" roster, probably a modern-day Rudy

fromthatstandpoint 6 years, 9 months ago

What do you want HCTG to do, a bed check every night. Running a tight ship has more to do with what happens with this player from here on out.

flyingfinn 6 years, 9 months ago

Totally agree with KanelJHawk and it always amazes me how many anti-cop posts there are in these situations and the "oh it can't be the poor little boys fault" or "boys will be boys" syndrone, part of what's wrong with society. Why don't you all try patrolling on a policeman's beat and see how long you will last..

Jeff Coffman 6 years, 9 months ago

I guess "speed" doesn't translate to the O-line....I can only imagine an offensive lineman trying to outrun an officer....After 40 yards, the O-line was like what was my 40 time.

I think the player should say that he was trying to decrease his 40 time and thought that an oficer chasing him would help. Prior to running the 40 he wanted to drop as much weight as possible, unfortunately is was misinterpretted as urinating in the streets. Finally, he raised his hands in triumph of running his fastest 40 time ever and inadvertantly grazed the officer.

Charges dismissed.

I must say that personally, I'm not a fan of people being out late, and urinating probably wasn't the brightest idea, but this guy wasn't out causing problems. Now if he chose to get behind a wheel (which he didn't) than you would see fury, this should be dismissed and move on.

John Randall 6 years, 9 months ago

Fast or not, if he had enough liquid refreshment to need the alley for a leak, his coordination may have been somewhat impaired – mine often was in those situations.

Joseph Kuebel 6 years, 9 months ago

Ya, until the situation is known, its wrong to speculate...

kureader 6 years, 9 months ago

The kid got caught peeing in a dark alley after midnight. It was a private place until the police officer came down the alley and turned on his flashlight. If all the under 21 college kids in Lawrence were arrested for having fake id's, where would you put them? maybe the football stadium?

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