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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Carlton Bragg sits against Nebraska, Self calls it ‘a very humbling situation’

Suspended player Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr., left, sits on the bench during the second half, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Suspended player Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr., left, sits on the bench during the second half, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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As expected, Kansas sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr., did not play during Saturday’s 89-72 victory over Nebraska at Allen Fieldhouse, sitting out at the end of the KU bench in street clothes following a Friday arrest and charge of misdemeanor battery in an incident involving a female KU student.

KU coach Bill Self, who said in a statement Friday night that Bragg would be held out of all competition until the issue was resolved, offered more insight into the situation following Saturday’s victory.

“It’s gonna get talked about,” Self acknowledged. “But it’s not anything that is really worth a lot of commenting on because there’s no decisions to be made until you hear what’s transpired.... And that’s up to the police. That’s up to the people on campus. There is no way we do our own investigation so it’s a matter-of-fact deal.”

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Asked if he had given any thought to keeping Bragg away from Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, Self said to do so would have been to miss out on an opportunity to teach another lesson.

“It’s a very humbling situation,” Self said. “But it’s not one that you run from, it’s one that you address in a manner in which you should, good, bad or indifferent. To have him not be on the bench would basically be saying is he not part of your family? There was no thought of not having him be a part of this. That’s also part of the educational aspect, as well.”

Senior Landen Lucas said Self did a good job of not allowing the issue to become an unsettling distraction.

“Coach got us focused yesterday in practice because he knew our minds might wander and focus on outside distractions,” Lucas said. “We knew we couldn’t do that against a good team like Nebraska.”

Self said his team is educated, before, during and after each season, on the potential pitfalls that exist in getting involved in incidents of this nature and added that Bragg’s head was “about where you’d think it’d be.”

“You spend the night in jail, you get up, you don’t have a phone, first thing you do you look at the TV and your name’s on the bottom and this, this and that. It’s been very humbling for him, but I’m not saying it shouldn’t be.”

Self also was asked how he navigated the fine line between supporting one of his players and respecting the legal process and said that part was easy.

“To be candid with you, it really doesn’t make any difference what guys say transpired or didn’t transpire,” he said. “There are professionals that will determine what transpired. To me, it’s a bad situation for all parties involved. He is not going to play the victim role, nothing like that.”

Self said Bragg would be allowed to practice with the team while the investigation into exactly what happened remained ongoing. But he added that Bragg’s reps may be limited as the team moves forward with game preparation without him.

“Oh yeah. You want to get guys ready that you have feel have an opportunity to play,” Self said. “So that would certainly affect that part of practice.”

Alley-oops

Midway through the second half of Saturday’s victory, freshman Josh Jackson failed to connect on the back end of an off-the-backboard, alley-oop pass from junior Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.

As soon as the dunk missed, Self was visibly agitated on the bench. Asked after the game what aspect of the play bothered him most, Self said it was the message the mangled highlight sent.

“I don’t think I got onto ’em for the play as much as they’re probably not respecting the game the way they should in that situation,” he said. “So Svi threw it off the backboard. Big deal. But if you’re Josh, you don’t have to catch it and try to do more with it than you probably should.... I don’t think it was the right play in that particular situation.”

Asked which player got the harsher end of Self’s wrath after the game, Jackson said it was equal before senior forward Landen Lucas chimed in with his own interpretation.

“The whole team,” Lucas said. “Everybody out on the court.”

Tim Miles Tweets

As he has been known to do, Nebraska coach Tim Miles sent out a halftime Tweet on Saturday with his team trailing 54-34.

Appropriately, the Tweet focused on defense.

“Obviously team defense is critical,” Miles wrote. “We have to be a physical, tough-minded defensive team this half.”

In some ways, the Cornhuskers were, limiting Kansas to just 35 points and 40 percent shooting in the second half.

The halftime Tweet was hardly the only entertainment Miles provided on Saturday. During his postgame press conference, Miles tipped his cap to the whole experience of coaching in Allen Fieldhouse, something he’s been looking forward to doing for a long time.

“It’s a pretty cool opening,” Miles said of KU’s pregame introductions. “I liked the jab at Nebraska, the little cowboy movie thing. That was funny, for Kansas folks. I gotta defend us, right? I thought it was a great environment and a good experience for our guys. That’s why I wanted to play here.”

Teddy Owens in town

With his father and former KU coach Ted Owens sitting in the stands 20 rows behind him, Nebraska director of basketball operations Teddy Owens sat on the Nebraska bench and tried to help his team upset the No. 3 team in the country.

Another notable face on the Nebraska bench was Ali Farokhmanesh, who serves as NU’s director of player development.

Farokhmanesh, you may remember, was the guard who hit the game-clinching three-pointer in Northern Iowa’s NCAA Tournament victory over Kansas back in 2010.

This and that...

Saturday’s victory was win No. 750 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse.... KU now leads the all-time series with Nebraska, 171-71, including 13 in a row.... KU’s 12 blocks were the most in a single game in nearly two years, when KU blocked 13 shots on Jan. 5, 2014 against San Diego State.

By the Numbers: Kansas 89, Nebraska 72.

By the Numbers: Kansas 89, Nebraska 72.

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Suzi Marshall 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Yea, no kidding this Bragg thing will get talked about. The twitter lines were blazing about a micro-second after it happened!

Everybody in Lawrence/KC area knows who she is but apparently the incident was not a pretty site and 'everybody' saw it. She has hired a lawyer and this thing is going to take some time to judicate. At this point, this thing looks like it has legs and probably will keep Bragg out the rest of the season. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail but at this point, Bragg has one very angry (ex) girlfriend...and parents.

With regards to Farokhmanesh, so what, it's nothing that stands out. You can count all the finders and toes of a fairly good size family all the Farokhmanesh's the 'Hawks have run into in the NCAA Tournament. Kansas has had about 28 'heartbreaking' exits from the NCAA Tournament over the past 30 years. I can't count many details before the Korean War, but since then, you might as well through in the heartbreaking losses to UNC in '57 and TX Western in '67 and UCLA in '71, etc before the current 30 year streak.

Jay Scott 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Your source seems a bit shaky compared to other accounts.

Suzi Marshall 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I shouldn't say anything about this at all. It's really a private matter between two young people. However because one is critical basketball player for an elite program and there are Title 9 implications, Bragg/Self are held to far higher standards than your average Joe.

Guilty or not guilty, not even Zeus himself is going to come off in a good way if he got into a lovers quarrel witnessed by his lover's sorority sisters. No male that have ever lived, real or imagined, can do that!

Jay Scott 6 months, 2 weeks ago

There were a large number of witnesses. That seems to be a consistent statement. Surely nobody thinks that a few dozen sorority sisters would all perjure themselves?

Self still has him practicing with the team and had him at Allen and on the bench on Saturday. The girl was held longer than Bragg.

With those facts, it's not hard to deduce that this is just a "woman" scorned. If she's lying she needs to be fully prosecuted, just as he should if he legitimately assaulted her.

Shannon Gustafson 6 months, 2 weeks ago

This was posted by a female parent of a ku student on the kc star comment section: "I'm surprised news outlets are not doing a bit more reporting. several of us old folk have kids who go there and were there when this went down and they're talking nonstop... What the kids say: They were at a party at the DU frat, the girl's a sophomore in the Theta house and was there with several friends. There were dozens of people all around them and many are reporting that Saleeha (the girl) was pushing and hitting on Carlton and he was simply trying to get her off him. They say there was no fall down stairs and no injuries to her. They also say she has called police more than once on other boys that she has gotten into arguments with. So, who knows the truth. But there certainly were lots of witnesses. Hoping facts can be established fast."

Mallory Briggans 6 months, 2 weeks ago

19 points 10 rebounds 1 assist 31 minutes .............19 points 10 rebounds 1 assists 31 minutes ...................19 POINTS!!!!!!!!!...10 REBOUNDS !!!!!......1 ASSIST......31 MINUTES !!!!!!!

Ladies and gentlemen.....Chieck Diallo finally got off the bench!!!🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 Coach Gentry gave Anthony Davis the night off....Enter Chieck Diallo..... the rest is history ..

Allan Olson 6 months, 2 weeks ago

As for Diallo, looks like he needs a paycheck in order to perform.

As for Carlton, remember the lyrics of Jimmy Buffet..." There's always a woman to blame!".

As for this young lady, I'd hate to have every KU basketball fanatic knowing my identity.

As for Ali Farokhmanesh, and way more for today's play-by-play guy, Miles Simon, I was in Birmingham in '97 and could not even give away our tickets for the following game [vs. Tenn-Chat.]. But see, I got over it!!!

Jerry Walker 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Setting aside the actual incident...what the hell was Bragg doing at a fraternity party at 1AM on a weeknight.

When you accept a scholarship to a magnificent university and basketball program like KU you cede certain things. You're treated like royalty. You live in a Taj Mahal...with excellent meals and all the food you can eat 24hrs a day...scholastic tutors...world travel...charter planes...and revered everywhere you go.

No, Carlton...you're not like the rest of the students on campus. You have responsibilities to uphold when you accept all the benefits of your scholarship. It was a bad move to put yourself in that position...no excuses.

Suzi Marshall 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes you are correct about the guys on the team needing to realize their high profile role. However, I'm all for the guys enjoying life as a college student. In Bragg's case being at a Greek party at 1 am is not all that bad of a thing. We want our guys to be integrated into campus life, especially if his girl friend is a member of one of the elite sororities with consistently the second highest GPA on campus, i.e. about 3.7. 'Everybody' on campus knows the story, as does the LJW and KC Star. It's a tough one to report in a public forum because of privacy issues.

My belief is there are no villains but things can get out of hand resulting in horrible consequences. In the end, you are correct, Bragg needs to take responsibility for his own actions.

Gerry Butler 6 months, 2 weeks ago

ya the villain here is Alcohol . You mix Alcohol and heated argument between a couple nothing good can come from this, the Alcohol takes over, all logic goes right out the window things get heated, it's just not good. I really like Bragg I still like Bragg just a bad situation. Wrong place- - -wrong time. We still don't know EVERYTHING, no one on here knows everything I wasn't there, you weren't there. Really only Carlton and this woman know exactly for sure what all went on. If it turns out Bragg is guilty, then he has to Man up accept the consquences. As far as what that might turn out to be - - Don't know, should he be dismissed from the team? - - some feel so. Looks like he is gone for the reminder of this year probably as it is, by the time it's settled - - I know this he needs to make better decisions, kind of like what Jerry is saying he is representing the University of Kansas, still even today find it hard to believe, not saying it didn't happen. Just Bragg is just or seems to be such a laid back likeable kid - -Alcohol does stupid things to a person - -all I can say to both parties - -good luck and hope things work well for both

Humpy Helsel 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I get the "family thing" with him on the bench. It is just that this will likely take the balance of the season before everything is worked out via due process legally and/or under Title IX with the school. Him sitting on the bench allows for the the close up camera with him in street clothes and continual, ongoing reference about his status and why he is not playing. Over time, it begins to communicate to parents of recruits that maybe KU isn't the place for their youngster to attend. That would not be fair to KU, but that is how things roll. I feel bad for Carlton, but this is serious stuff which will be reinforced over and over again.

Gerry Butler 6 months, 2 weeks ago

the longer this goes on, the more holes in this story becomes. - - Talk now that this girl has had issues before with other guys, a lot of witnesses there and saying Bragg didn't push her, and she didn't go down any stairs, said Bragg was trying to keep her off him, her hitting him, could be why she also ended up in Jail, this is going to get more interesting as more things come to light

Dale Rogers 6 months, 2 weeks ago

The following is a quote from a KC Star online article about this situation. I cannot verify the accuracy but it reads as if there might be at least some truth in it....

"I'm surprised news outlets are not doing a bit more reporting. several of us old folk have kids who go there and were there when this went down and they're talking nonstop... What the kids say: They were at a party at the DU frat, the girl's a sophomore in the Theta house and was there with several friends. There were dozens of people all around them and many are reporting that Saleeha (the girl) was pushing and hitting on Carlton and he was simply trying to get her off him. They say there was no fall down stairs and no injuries to her. They also say she has called police more than once on other boys that she has gotten into arguments with. So, who knows the truth. Seems like bad behavior all the way around, including the drunken chaos of a frat party. But there certainly were lots of witnesses. Hoping facts can be established fast."

Harlan Hobbs 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I suspect that we will never hear the full truth. Too many witnesses with conflicting stories. In the end, if there are no physical injuries, it will be hard to prove battery.

My prediction still stands that Carlton will endure a significant suspension and then will return to the team (probably shortly after the first of the year) and hopefully demonstrate the type of behavior which reinforces the first impressions that we had of him.

Jay Scott 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Hopefully if it turns out that is this young "lady" filed a false police report she will be prosecuted. In today's PC insanity she may well become this year's version of the Columbia U mattress lunatic. She could be the guest of Kansas Congressional Representative for the State of the Union address.....I guess not. There aren't any Donkeycrats from Kansas.

Shannon Gustafson 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Sounds like she may have done just that, I hope it's true:

This was posted by a female parent of a ku student on the kc star comment section:

"I'm surprised news outlets are not doing a bit more reporting. several of us old folk have kids who go there and were there when this went down and they're talking nonstop... What the kids say: They were at a party at the DU frat, the girl's a sophomore in the Theta house and was there with several friends. There were dozens of people all around them and many are reporting that Saleeha (the girl) was pushing and hitting on Carlton and he was simply trying to get her off him. They say there was no fall down stairs and no injuries to her. They also say she has called police more than once on other boys that she has gotten into arguments with. So, who knows the truth. Seems like bad behavior all the way around, including the drunken chaos of a frat party. But there certainly were lots of witnesses. Hoping facts can be established fast."

Robert Robinson 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I heard the girl was arrested and released Saturday. Anyone else?

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