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.


kureader 2 years, 7 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?


jhwkfan162515 2 years, 7 months ago

It is impossible for any football coach, including Turner Gill, to keep tabs on some 80-plus players at all times.


kusportsdotcom 2 years, 7 months ago

I've peed plenty of times in public during a night of drinking, just like many many other KU students. The thing is, if I got caught, it wouldn't make headlines on KU Sports. In my opinion, who cares. He's a college kid, probably a dumb college kid, who did something dumb. Who the hell cares. I guess my issue is, why does stuff like this make the paper?


Joseph Kuebel 2 years, 7 months ago

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


Katy Shaflestad 2 years, 7 months ago

After a brief foot chase? So he tried to run first? LMAO! Must not be very fast.


jhawkrulz 2 years, 7 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.


flyingfinn 2 years, 7 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..


Kris Nelson 2 years, 7 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.


Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 7 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? :)


actorman 2 years, 7 months ago

George had nothing to do with the headline.


Wickedson 2 years, 7 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.


Lance Hobson 2 years, 7 months ago

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


KGphoto 2 years, 7 months ago

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


Randy Maxwell 2 years, 7 months ago

He's a walkon who used a fake ID and then probably brused lightly against an over zealous officer, wow.


Chicago_JHawk 2 years, 7 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.


ExerSciHawk 2 years, 7 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


HawkTronic 2 years, 7 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.


MIZNIT 2 years, 7 months ago

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


bowers79 2 years, 7 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.


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