Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Attorney: KU freshman linebacker seeking diversion on drunken-driving charge


A freshman Kansas University football player who faces a drunken driving charge has applied for diversion, his attorney said Tuesday.

Ben Heeney, 19, a linebacker from Hutchinson, was charged with DUI and racing on a highway after a Lawrence police officer pulled him over around 3:30 a.m. July 16 in the 700 block of West 23rd Street.

Defense attorney John Frydman said he expected Heeney’s case to be resolved once the diversion agreement with prosecutors is approved. Heeney was scheduled to appear Tuesday afternoon for a trial setting in Douglas County District Court, but Frydman said the defense was requesting a continuance based on the request for diversion. District Judge Kay Huff set Heeney’s next hearing for Oct. 18.

Kansas Athletics Inc. officials have said Coach Turner Gill was handling Heeney’s team discipline internally.


Jeremiah Jefferson 10 years ago

Diversion? Are you serious??? Dude could have killed someone. Nothing less than a mandatory minimum should be handed down.

Nutflush21 10 years ago

Everyone gets diversion on their first DUI. Its standard operating procedure. If you dont get diversion either youre dumb, your lawyer is really dumb or the judge hates you.

minipman 10 years ago

racing on the highway doesnt actually mean he was racing. ive been charged with it once and thats because i had excessive accelaration and i left a huge black mark.. my guess was that he was at a stop light and when it turned green he burnt rubber in his truck.

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years ago

Aren't teams with this many arrest usually good?!?!

nuleafjhawk 10 years ago

In case you haven't looked ahearsecoachexpediter - we're 2-0. We're tied for the best record in the country.

Hurinfan 10 years ago

What the hell is wrong with student athletes? I've been a student for 4 1/2 years and have never done any of the things our website reports on about our athletes. Is it difficult to follow the law? This kid should be in jail. Drunk driving is a serious charge and I hate college culture accepting it as a norm. We need to be tougher. He could have killed someone.

Jeff Coffman 10 years ago

Working on your second degree Van Wilder?

Benjamin Piehler 10 years ago

Very few current students can graduate in 4 years if they are seeking a B.O.A....

I wouldn't criticize anyone for attaining a degree and avoiding the current job market....

HawkTronic 10 years ago

Not so fast...There are also hundreds of student athletes who (just like you, I'm sure) get good grades, go to class and help old ladies cross the street. Just like there are hundreds of "regular" students who get drunk, arrested, and go on diversion. These guys are high profile.

That said, this guy better be a good football player, because he is flunking Good Decisions 101.

Hurinfan 10 years ago

I've never thought about that. I just wish student athletes would act better because it reflects poorly on the school when they don't. Also our basketball team the last few years has been in the news (for bad stuff) more than other schools... it seems.

Benjamin Piehler 10 years ago

Douglas Country doesnt even check on anyone once accepted to diversion.

Scott Oswalt 10 years ago

I'm actually from Hutchinson and this kid is always in the police reports. The dude needs to realize he's in a good position to make a name for himself, but keeps blowing it. I know you're a freshman Ben, but GROW UP!

Randy Bombardier 10 years ago

He may get a second chance, but only if he has a change in attitude.

WS 10 years ago

If the DA checks into this situation deeper, they will lock the kid up. Multiple problems.......why was KU his only offer?

KGphoto 10 years ago

Watch The Gridiron. I swear this kid always looks like he's falling asleep. I hope he gets it together though, because he looks good on the field.

Dennis Mahorney 10 years ago

The last two great running backs from the Hutchinson Salt Hawks are with KU now. Josh Smith being the other. Devon Dinwiddie is playing JUCO for the Blue Dragons, but have heard K-State wanted him. Henney is the real deal. The decision making process He used that day is sad. Hope He gets it together.

kuryan5 10 years ago

Don't forget about Romero Cotton. That guy was a beast of an athlete. Multiple state champion wrestler and great football player. Played both sports at Nebraska University then went home and nearly beat his moms boyfriend to death. Sad incident that ruined an amazing athlete. One of the best I've seen in the state of Kansas. And now he's in prison!

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