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Friday, January 18, 2013

KU football player cited for battery

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A junior Kansas University football player was cited for battery in an early-morning incident Sunday at Tonic, 728 Massachusetts St., according to municipal court records.

Benjamin D. Heeney, 20, Hutchinson, faces one misdemeanor charge alleging he battered employees at the downtown club after they asked him to leave. He is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 8. In 2011, Heeney was granted diversion in a Douglas County DUI case.

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BringBackMark 1 year, 3 months ago

We expect these kids to go out on the field and try to rip the head off the opposing team every down, but then be passive sheep off the field. Yes, there are a few instances of this but for the most part, the reason these kids are good is because they have a more aggressive nature than most. Since no details have been provided its all speculation at this point as to what happened and the public will probably never know.

The issue is more about poor judgement than the offense itself. Most all of us have found ourselves in a bar late at night in a situation that we should have avoided. Hopefully, after one instance most learn their lesson.

Weis will provide the appropriate punishment and hopefully we'll be praising Ben just like we did Sims this past fall.

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cjp22152 1 year, 3 months ago

I don't think this is a big deal at all. A lot of these comments about "He's done", come on, it's a misdemeanor. Hardly out of the norm for any college student. Suspension-maybe, Release-absolutely not. Not to mention I know this kid, met him in Hutch when he was in HS. He's a good kid.

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gbjayhawk13 1 year, 3 months ago

Hunter Jarmon to Oregon State per rivals

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DarthJayhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

You can take the boy out of Hutch, but you can't take the Hutch out of the boy!

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Keith Hummel 1 year, 3 months ago

Why is everyone automatically assuming Heeney got into a "fight"? Is there another source of information you all have access to, other than this article?

Battery does not necessarily mean he tried to beat someone up. For example, "battery" might be committed by intentionally knocking a hat off someone's head or knocking a glass out of some-one's hand or spitting in their face. Perhaps (and I'm purely speculating here) he got into an argument with someone in the bar, then was asked to leave, protested that he had done nothing wrong, then was physically handled by the bouncers, at which point he pushed one of them and said get your bleeping hands off of me, and BAM - he just committed battery. It could be little more than that. Perhaps it was a fight, but I'm guessing if Ben really got into a fight, one of those bouncers would be in a hospital right now.

I recommend we not write Ben off until we learn a few facts. I also trust Coach Weis to do the right thing - for Ben, for the team, and for the University.

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CrystalJones 1 year, 3 months ago

This would have the potential to be a serious loss, as I firmly believe that 2013 is our year. But we need Big Ben if we are going to contend, and win, the Big XII (as I think we will do).

From now on, Ben, keep your nose clean.

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Matt Kenton 1 year, 3 months ago

CITED for misdemeanor battery at a bar in Lawrence, and so many of you are saying Bye-Bye Ben???

You all are so quick to judge and condemn. Did you forget what it was like at bars in college? Football player gets in a fight with a Mass street bouncer during the offseason, who cares. Bad decision on Ben's part? Probably, but a tiny mistake to suggest kicking him off the team.

By the way, Ben Heeney ranked THIRD in the Big 12 in tackles this year. Like it or not, for something is minor as this, he is going nowhere!

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Joe Ross 1 year, 3 months ago

Getting into a fight is not the end of the world. It may be the end of his career, or the better part of it anyway. At the least Heeney will be suspended a significant amount of games (this is now his 2nd offense). He wont be back until at least mid-season. By that point players will have established themselves in a rotation, and the LBs we have are good. And next year is his last. Heeney did this to himself. Stupid.

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Okutua 1 year, 3 months ago

Maybe you are all to young to remember back in the Good Ole Days when the likes of John Riggins was here and we were winning football games and players got into fights. This is not the end of the world. Part of the problem is some of you think these kids are perfect. They are not!!! is getting into a fight the end of the world NO. Was he right maybe not. But he will be punished by Charlie we can all be sure of that. Lets move on and win some games next year with TOUGH Football Players

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Michael Leiker 1 year, 3 months ago

Hoping this was a minor event, it was a lot of fun watching him come along this year.

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jayhawkintx1973 1 year, 3 months ago

If you're an athlete at any University, STAY OUT OF THE BARS PERIOD. There are people that are there just to start trouble with high profile individuals to get you off. Their motivations may not be right, but they'll do it. Just stay out of the bars, go to the Coffee Shop! There are people that just don't like college athletes. Can't get rid of them either.

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jayhawkintx1973 1 year, 3 months ago

Dammit Ben. You're going to be thrown off the team now. GROW UP. You're an adult now!

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gorilla10 1 year, 3 months ago

Ahhhh crap. Not Heeney! Come on now! This is one of our lone returning starters that brings something big to the table.....

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Joe Ross 1 year, 3 months ago

He must go. Hate to judge because we all make mistakes. But this shows lack of discipline. It's his second incident. And it will set a poor example to keep him around. Hooligans and ruffians. Weis will have a platform to say no one is above the law and no one is bigger than the team.

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AirCapJay 1 year, 3 months ago

Yeah, I think after this year Weis realizes just how screwed up this team is and he won't take Heeney off the team. He needs Heeney. Maybe in a few years when the team is 6-6 or 7-5 will he boot a player that has a fight in a bar.

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55jayhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Ben Heeney is a key player for next year on our defense. When I attended KU as a student athlete, I found bouncers, students, and others who would like to push us any way they could trying to bait us into an altercation to test us to see if we are as tough as we think we are. After a while you get tired of it & then they put their hands on you: that's when all hell breaks loose. In the old days we usually settled any differences on the spot & everyone walked away. With today's laws and rules each coach has for his team, you have to know & abide with the coach's rules at all times. I always tried to walk away from an altercation but if I felt I had been pushed around too much or my honor was in the toilet, then the rodeo began. Obviously there are different opinions why there was an altercation involving Ben but Coach Charlie will work it out with him. That kid likes to make snot out of an opponate's face and football jersey...I like him! He will be fine.

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Boouk 1 year, 3 months ago

Even if Heeney gets kicked off the team, we still should be fine at MLB next season with Faifili, Schyler Miles and Colton Goeas.

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oldalum 1 year, 3 months ago

Tate should never have written about what a quiet summer it has been.

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Lash 1 year, 3 months ago

Never understood why this info shows up on a sports page. If a minister, priest, or rabbi gets a dui does it show up on the religious page?

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greenworld 1 year, 3 months ago

I like this kind of aggression and I think he stands for get out of my face and shut your piehole, this kind of aggression/attitude is what will win games at Ku and possible national championships. Its no doubt in my mind that this kid is a winner and can turn our program around. The rest the dudes the last few years have been whimps and not shown anything anyway so more power to the kid. Now take your punishment and fun 25 -100 yrd sprints and then run up and down those stairs at memorial stadium cause Charlie dont mess around with no BS. Take your punishment and you will be a better person/player in the long run.

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Ryan Knuth 1 year, 3 months ago

Sims got suspended for 3 games last year so I see no less of a penalty for Heeney. I don't see him getting kicked off the team though, but definitely suspended and probably around 2-3 games.

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LAJayhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Do we know if this bouncer was real or if he was really just an elaborate internet hoax? Someone call Deadspin. Or Oprah.

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Tad Shurtz 1 year, 3 months ago

Judging from Ben's twitter account, Ben seems upbeat and on the team. For instance, he's been chatting back and forth with Jenk-Moore about the upcoming semester. If this happened Sunday, I'm assuming Weis already knows about it. I'm also assuming he'll be disciplined internally but remain on the team. Extremely stupid, yes. End of the world, no.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 3 months ago

Players getting arrested is a true sign this program is on the up and up!

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Ferd Magellan 1 year, 3 months ago

Let me guess...he pushed a bouncer.

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Fototherapist 1 year, 3 months ago

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Phil Leister 1 year, 3 months ago

Crap, Ben Heeney? Dude is good. I blame him, I also blame the bouncers. Bouncers at clubs in Lawrence are....something I can't type.

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Michael Pannacciulli 1 year, 3 months ago

Can't get away with that crap around Weiss. Hope you enjoyed your time on the team buddy.

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milehighhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

That hurts.

I don't think Charlie can keep him around at this point.

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riverdrifter 1 year, 3 months ago

Opens up yet another scholarship!

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kugrampy 1 year, 3 months ago

Not the type of player we would want representing our great university and great State of Kansas!

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Kyle Sybesma 1 year, 3 months ago

If this is following a 2011 DUI then your time as a KU football player is done.

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