Thursday, January 19, 2012

Attorney enters plea of not guilty for KU basketball player accused of possessing alcohol


Kansas University basketball player Ben McLemore pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to a misdemeanor charge of minor in possession of alcohol.

His defense attorney, Al Lopes, who appeared in court for McLemore said he will request more information from prosecutors in the case.

McLemore, 18, received a ticket Nov. 4 from a state Alcoholic Beverage Control officer. The officer alleged McLemore was found with a Red Bull and vodka at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. The freshman from St. Louis had missed his initial court date in December.

The NCAA in October declared McLemore, as a partial academic qualifier, ineligible to play in games in the 2011-2012 season. After his fall semester grades were turned in, he was allowed to begin practicing with the team in January.

McLemore’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 6. KU coach Bill Self has said any team discipline will be handled internally.


Bob Forer 6 years, 4 months ago

Just because he entered a not guilty plea it doesn't necessarily mean he is fighting this. An arraignment is a required step in the criminal justice process, at which the defendant is asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If the defendant fails to enter a plea, then a not guilty plea is entered on his behalf. Over 90 percent of the defendants who enter a not guilty plea at arraignment end up pleading guilty down the line. It's simply a formality. An arraignment is one of the first steps in a criminal case, and usually the defense attorney has not had sufficient time to review the facts and the state's evidence to the extent necessary to properly advise his client.

Stuart Sweeney 6 years, 4 months ago

I know we are all presumed innocent until proven guilty but what a relief it would be, once in awhile, for someone to say I am guilty and take the lumps they have coming to them!

Jeremy Bolinger 6 years, 4 months ago

Why should he? Kid made a mistake. He shouldn't have a record for the rest of his life for underage drinking.

RL 6 years, 4 months ago

Likely after college. Had a drink...big deal. I had several before the age of almost every bar in Lawrence. Yawn

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 4 months ago

When people who live in glass houses are not throwing stones.

kusayzone 6 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, but from personal experience, the law isn't that simple. The burden of the proof is on the prosecution. Let the whole story be told.....

Steve Brown 6 years, 4 months ago

Officer: Mr. Pinkel you can't count backwards from 73 to 59 and no it isn't that hard normally, have you had anything to drink. Coach: Yeah, couple wines. Officer: wines how many? Coach: couple Officer: what size? Coach: Jumbos Officer: Jumbos? Coach: Yeah.

I heard the tape, pretty good stuff. In his defense he was taking Ambien which multiplies the alcohol effects. SEC bytes.

Brak 6 years, 4 months ago

Haven't heard that yet, pretty funny. Also I'm guessing when he says Jumbos what he really meant was Super Gulp size being thats the preferred wine glass in Mizzou.

SaltLakeHawk 6 years, 4 months ago

Red Bull kills alcohol 100%

Go drink a shtload of Red Bull, and a shtload of Vodka. You'll be completely normal.

Eric Bernauer 6 years, 4 months ago

What a bunch of BS. Red Bull may mask some of the effects of vodka, but it doesn't kill it. Just because the Red Bull may energize you doesn't mean the vodka doesn't intoxicate you. Your statement reminds me of that other dumbass statement that some immature guys make that they "drive better when drinking because they are so worried about getting caught".

John Randall 6 years, 4 months ago

Why limit your pharmacological advice to drinking? Surely, there are other pieces of misinformation you could dispense.

jaywalker 6 years, 4 months ago

Stop. Take a breath. Now consider sarcasm.

SaltLakeHawk 6 years, 4 months ago

thank you.

guess it needs to be poured on thicker for some...

Keith Conklin 6 years, 4 months ago

Though in the English language there is no standard accepted method to denote irony or sarcasm in written conversation, several forms of punctuation have been proposed. Among the oldest and frequently attested are the percontation point--furthered by Henry Denham in the 1580s—and the irony mark--furthered by Alcanter de Brahm in the 19th century. Both of these marks were represented visually by a backwards question mark (unicode U+2E2E). A more recent example is the snark mark. Each of these punctuation marks are primarily used to indicate that a sentence should be understood at a second level. A bracketed exclamation point and/or question mark as well as scare quotes are also sometimes used to express irony or sarcasm. So that being said you didnt inform anyone that they needed to consider sarcasm.

dylans 6 years, 4 months ago

Just for the usual suspects. A few way too literal posters can ruin it for all.

Steve Kubler 6 years, 4 months ago

Does not kill it, hides the affects. That article mentions a specific drink but all caffeine/alcohol combos are considered risky.

wildjayhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

McLemore must be related to Brady Morningstar.

VaJay 6 years, 4 months ago

You must've been the perfect student at KU. Didn't party much, did you!?

Don Everett 6 years, 4 months ago

And you must be related to ANY idiot ever born.

archercc 6 years, 4 months ago

LOL, comparing an MIP to a DUI. I despise people who get drunk and get behind the wheel but I was having my first drinks when I was 12 because my parents knew that responsible consumption was better than the ham-fisted "alcohol is evil until 3 years after we can already make you die in a war" approach.

The stupidest thing he did was missing his court date, that is what he should be chastised for.

ku_foaf 6 years, 4 months ago

"That's not my drink. Some guy stuck it in my hand and poured it in my mouth. That's why I failed the breathalyzer."

hawkcat 6 years, 4 months ago

Morningstar played like a alcoholic, couldn't hit a shot. Drank them but, couldn't hit one.

Don Everett 6 years, 4 months ago

Another imposter from pastureville. Go check out the inhuman cuban coaching your kitties and then try throwing stones.

Hammertoe 6 years, 4 months ago

13-1 last year. 5-1 this year. KSU vs KU in all sports.
What does a KU fan, K-State fan and Mizzou fan all have in common? None of them graduated from KU....

nuleafjhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

They all have medical backgrounds as well.

KU - Doctors and Pharmacists.

K-State - grows weed and produces methane gas.

Mizzou - produce moonshine.

DrPepper 6 years, 4 months ago

I thought it was actually the Big12 that said he couldn't play now.

John Randall 6 years, 4 months ago

The Big12 has the policy to not allow member schools to award scholarships to "partial qualifiers". The NCAA used that policy to target three KU recruits solely because KU is a high-profile program, and NCAA wants to influence players to steer clear of the agents/runners/AAU/prep school culture.

The players all took the required courses and had good grades – Braeden Anderson was a straight-A student. The only red flag was that they each attended more than two prep/high schools. To satisfy the conference, MacLemore and Traylor are paying their own way at KU this year and are, in a way, walk-ons this semester though they can't play in games until next year. Anderson couldn't afford to do the same and enrolled at Fresno State on full scholarship, where there is no conference prohibition of players designated by NCAA as "partial qualifiers".

I'd like to see someone at KUSports do a follow-up article on Braeden, so we could know how things are going for the Native American from Okotoks, Alberta who dearly wanted to become a Jayhawk but was bushwhacked by the NCAA.

James Minor 6 years, 4 months ago

Judge: Mr. Mclemore how do you plead? Mclemore: Not Guilty Judge: Sounds fine with me. But that will cost you four season tickets, two complimentary hot dogs and coke for each game. Mclemore: Thanks Judge Judge: Oh and make sure Bill doesn't stand up all the time it may block my view. Judge: All those that oppose. Audience: How come i don't get the same treatment. Judge: Contempt of court throw that Pinkel guy in the Missouri jacket in DC jail for 30 days.

Carolyn Troupe 6 years, 4 months ago

I don't often laugh at what my fellow Hawks post as humor/sarcasm, but I did at this one...or maybe it was the gin...

REHawk 6 years, 4 months ago

In the final analysis, Ben will probably somehow come to terms with his public transgression, the very worst of his frosh entanglement residing in one horrific daily Brandon Rush manner of superimposed growth and development. To wit, absorbing the full impact of the word "treadmill".

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