Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Giddens back in Lawrence


Kansas University junior basketball player J.R. Giddens is back in Lawrence as he recovers from injuries suffered in a fight last month at the Moon Bar.

Giddens was seen by a 6News crew Tuesday morning at the Douglas County Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, where he arrived to pick up personal items - including his keys - taken by police in the aftermath of the brawl.

Giddens no longer was using crutches, but he wore a protective boot on his right leg, which was slashed during the fight. He limped heavily as he was escorted by a police officer into the building.

The Jayhawk left the center through a rear entrance, in an apparent bid to avoid talking to the media.

KU coach Bill Self had told the Journal-World during the weekend that Giddens would return this week to be checked out by medical personnel, and that's what has happened.

"From my understanding, he's progressing at a good pace," Self said Tuesday. "He's here to do some rehab that he can't do in Oklahoma City."

Giddens is not enrolled in summer school, and "nothing has changed" regarding his status with the program, Self said.

Douglas County Dist. Atty. Charles Branson said Tuesday that any charges in the case still could be a few weeks away.

Self has not made a decision on Giddens' future with the Jayhawks. KU's coach had no additional comment on the matter.


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