Monday, December 8, 2014

Police release details on ‘large disturbance’ that led to arrests of KU basketball, football players

Kansas University basketball player Jamari Traylor, left, and KU football player Rodriguez Coleman, right, were arrested Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, outside the Cave nightclub at the Oread Hotel.

Kansas University basketball player Jamari Traylor, left, and KU football player Rodriguez Coleman, right, were arrested Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, outside the Cave nightclub at the Oread Hotel.


Lawrence police released details Monday about "a large disturbance" that led to the arrests Sunday morning of Kansas University basketball forward Jamari Traylor, 22, and KU football wide receiver Rodriguez Coleman, 22.

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said Monday that in response to the incident he has suspended Traylor, a junior forward, from Wednesday’s game against Georgetown.

Just before 2 a.m. Sunday, an officer on patrol noticed a “large disturbance” outside The Cave nightclub, 1200 Oread Ave., Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said. As the officer approached the scene, several individuals were fighting and some entered the bar after noticing the officer’s arrival, McKinley said.

Officers saw one person, who was lying motionless on the ground, being kicked in the head by another individual, McKinley said. The individual who allegedly did the kicking was then handcuffed by officers and placed in a patrol car as other officers tended to the victim, McKinley said.

Officers called for an ambulance, but the victim declined to be transported to the hospital, McKinley said. Other victims involved in the disturbance, including The Cave staff, sustained injuries as a result of the incident, McKinley said.

As officers worked to identify other battery victims, witnesses and suspects, “several individuals” interfered with officers' duties as they tried to question suspects and make arrests, McKinley said. Other individuals also “attempted to incite the crowd,” McKinley said. Police ended up arresting four people.

According to the Douglas County jail booking log, the four arrested at The Cave were Traylor and Coleman, as well as Christopher Larkin, 19, of Chicago, and Kevin Short, 22, of Lawrence. Short is a former KU football player.

McKinley could not say specifically which suspects did what, but the booking log shows Traylor and Larkin were arrested on suspicion of interference with the duties of an officer, Coleman was arrested on suspicion of battery, and Short was arrested of suspicion of failure to appear in court for an unrelated case.

McKinley said the incident remains under investigation.

On Sunday, a KU spokesperson said new Kansas football coach David Beaty was aware of the situation involving Coleman and added that the program was in the process of gathering information and any discipline would be handled internally.

All four men were released from the jail Sunday after posting bail, according to the booking log.

Lawrence police have had to respond to The Cave, a multilevel nightclub inside The Oread hotel, for reports of fights on multiple occasions. In March of this year McKinley described the bar as "an active place."

At that time, McKinley cited incidents at The Cave that had required a large police response. Eight police units were sent to the site in the early-morning hours of Feb. 2, for example, after an officer on patrol reported that a fight was brewing among a large crowd leaving the bar. Ultimately police officers used pepper spray to subdue some members of the crowd who advanced on a police officer who was handcuffing a suspect, McKinley said.

In August, City Commissioner Bob Schumm said he and a delegation of city officials including the chief of police had met with the management of The Cave and The Oread to discuss how the establishment is run.

“We had a very matter-of-fact discussion about how we expect them to more diligently create an atmosphere that is law abiding,” Schumm said at the time. “They were very accommodating in their responses.”

The Cave faces a $2,000 fine and a two-day suspension of its liquor license after the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control division in March cited it for a illegally advertising free liquor. The allegations stem from Twitter and Facebook messages posted on The Cave’s account that included a promotion touting “ladies drink free” until 10:30 p.m. on Fridays.

The Cave is scheduled to have a hearing before ABC officials on the matter on Thursday.


Andy Tweedy 7 years, 1 month ago

I thought we were finally done with news about Kevin Short.

Michael Maris 7 years, 1 month ago

Sure doesn't look like Short ever plans on suiting up for the Jayhawks (in the future) to me (as I had seen someone mention being a possibility once Weis was released of his duties, and Bowen took over). Short should inquire with Coach Beaty about his experiences at Lindenwood University. And then, go check out the facilities at Lindenwood. Short is from the St. Louis area (Hazelwood Central).

I mean heck, they have put some guys on NFL rosters at Lindenwood in the last 7 or 8 years. One of them (Pierre Desir) is currently on the Cleveland Browns Roster (and he played at Washburn for a couple of seasons before transferring to Lindenwood).

Just saying, that might be the path that Short needs to take, if he's really that talented. I have no idea (at this point and time). But, his Lawrence, Kansas experiment seems to be over.

Sam Brockert 7 years, 1 month ago

No good, Lindenwood is my alma Mater. They have zero tolerance for this kinda stuff, at least they did when i was there. I had to practically beg to be allowed to stay in school after a girlfriend of one of my roommates was caught in our house... It is a pretty strict school. Again this was 10 years and the president that did most of this is dead now So it COULD be different.

Tom Keegan 7 years, 1 month ago

Michael, Lindenwood it is. Nice call.

Cody Riedy 7 years, 1 month ago

There's not enough time and space to reply and I guess others would say this isn't the venue for it anyways so I'll keep it short and polite: I find your characterization of the recent protests to be incredibly simplistic and probably totally irrelevant to what happens between drunk college kids.

Andy Hess 7 years, 1 month ago

Getting into a fight automatically makes them thugs? I assume you never got into a fight growing up?

DaNeille Dani Davis 7 years, 1 month ago

What the hell is wrong with kids nowadays? This crap didn't happen when I was at KU in the 80s. Kids nowadays have no respect for the law, officers, teachers, parents...nobody that I can think of!

Bud Stagg 7 years, 1 month ago

Not sure where you hung out, but Gammons, the Hatter, etc. always had fights with players. We just did not have the Internet to spread the word.

Lance Hobson 7 years, 1 month ago

Big fights every other weekend with football players in the 80s and early 90s when I went to KU. Clubs got big and six months later had to close because of it. I saw this cycle every year I was at KU. Gammons got smart and became Benchwarmers, a sports bar so it lasted longer. Part of it wasn't just football players, thugs from hoods in Topeka and other nearby towns would get wind of the latest club and ruin it.

DaNeille Dani Davis 7 years, 1 month ago

"As officers worked to identify other battery victims, witnesses and suspects, “several individuals” interfered with officers' duties as they tried to question suspects and make arrests, McKinley said. Other individuals also “attempted to incite the crowd,” McKinley said. Police ended up arresting four people."
I think with all the crap going on surrounding the Ferguson and NY events with police, no one respects them or trusts them and certain individuals will try to stand up to them, bully them and incite the crowds. Ridiculous. People being stupid. Grow up!

Greg Lux 7 years, 1 month ago

When are the Athletic Staff going to learn the nothing good happens after midnight. Require the players to be in residence by midnight. This seems to be a yearly lesson we have to learn each year.. Alcohol and AM don't mix. Be smart and keep the pumpkins in residence by midnight since they are not smart enough to do it on their own...

Jock Navels 7 years, 1 month ago

I find it somewhat humorous that this place causes the cops and the city more embarrasment and expense than the Rock Chalk Cafe did back when Robby Shaw, the Chief, and Stinkfoot were holding court...right, Wang? .

Bill McGovern 7 years, 1 month ago

I've never been to the Cave when it was open and I have no interest in ever going there.

Michael Gentemann 7 years, 1 month ago

They should tear the place down and rebuild Yellow Sub and the Hawks Crossing.

Brad Greenwood 7 years, 1 month ago

I think we were all a little too "mellow" to worry about fights at the Crossing back in the day. ;)

Joseph Bullock 7 years, 1 month ago

Grant, was everyone who was arrested, or involved, black? also, why do you assume Ferguson or NYC had anything to do with what happened? And your stereotypical comment about us against the whites is totally ludicrous and racist, in itself! Was the victim(s) white? Were you there? People like you make things so much better, because you have a biased opinion, even though you probably have no clue about what is really going on! Have a good day!

KJ Quartermaine 7 years, 1 month ago

None of this really surprises me. I worked at The Eldridge Hotel back in late-2008 and into early-2009. This was around the same time they began construction of The Oread, which I believe is owned or managed by those who own The Eldridge. I remember my manager at the time, who was pretty high up, said, "Somebody is going to die there." However, I think he was specifically referring to one of the party rooms, because of the way it was designed or something. But seriously, that place sounds like the Wild West

Lance Hobson 7 years, 1 month ago

Wish he would have interfered with Stanford's inside players. He was so weak that game. The way Black is playing in the NBA he should have taken all of Traylor's minutes last year.

Kyle Neuer 7 years, 1 month ago

He couldn't stay out of foul trouble.

Waylon Cook 7 years, 1 month ago

misleading headline. Players worded like it was the starting lineups for both teams. Keep it up media.

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