Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Freshman KU basketball player Brannen Greene cited for leaving scene of accident


Incoming freshman Kansas University basketball player Brannen Greene is scheduled to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court after being cited last week for leaving the scene of an accident.

Greene, 18, of Monroe, Ga., was cited July 17 by Lawrence police investigating a non-injury accident on July 13, in which a car was damaged by a vehicle that left the scene, according to police reports.

A 6-foot-7 small forward from Tift County High in Tifton, Ga., Greene signed to play at KU in November and has been practicing with the team this summer. He was ranked 47th among ESPN's top 100 high school players in the 2013 recruiting class.

The accident was reported about 3:20 a.m. on July 13, in the 2000 block of Ousdahl Rd., where an unoccupied 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis was struck while parked in a driveway. The trunk of the car was significantly damaged, according to police. Witnesses could not immediately identify the vehicle that struck the Mercury, but police later determined that it was a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer belonging to a 25-year-old Lawrence man and driven by Greene.

Greene was cited for leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage and failure to report an accident. He is scheduled to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court on Aug. 7.

Kansas University associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said athletics officials were aware of the incident but that there would be no publicly announced sanctions. "There certainly will be discipline, but it will be handled internally," he said.


Sparko 9 years ago

Well, since it was a 1997 Marquis, I am thinking justice is served already.

Aligned 9 years ago

How to double the value of a '97 Marquis...fill it with gas.

dynamitehawk 9 years ago

Oh boy. Nothing good comes from and unoccupied 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis.

Kent Wells 9 years ago

Greene is obviously a graduate of the Morris Twins School of Driving.

Michael Bratisax 9 years ago

You're both wrong..He went to the Morningstar Driving Academy..

Micky Baker 9 years ago

What the hell are you doing out at 3:20 AM? You're not in high school any more.

Topher Peters 9 years ago

Not "What" but "Who" was he doing? Must have been some fat ugly chick if he was leaving. LOL

Phoggy_Notion 9 years ago

you are right. He is in College now. "and the party don't stop till 6 in the morning"

TheFloater 9 years ago

Exactly my thoughts. NOTHING ever good ever happens at 3:20 AM. July 13th was a saturday night. Speaking from experience, being out at 3:20 AM on a saturday night spells trouble.

Seth Nesmith 9 years ago

Unless you are picking up chicks!

Pitthawk34 9 years ago

3:20 chicks usually have something you don't want.

SaltLakeHawk 9 years ago

"Nothing good happens at 3:20 AM"

False. Some of my favorite experiences in college happened around 3:20 AM.

Lance Hobson 9 years ago

I'd have to agree. Nothing good ever happens past midnight but if you're a KU student then you get a break so you can go to Perkins or the VI for pancakes after a night at the bars or watching the midnight move at the union. Being an NBA or NFL player is much different, they need to be home. That said, no college student should ever be hanging around with a 25-year-old owner of a Trailblazer. Shady.

Jonathan Allison 9 years ago

there's no wrong time for the Tremendous Twelve at Perkins

Bee Bee 9 years ago

Yea, that's the thing to do. Leave the scene of an accident. Kingfisher, people like you are why this nation is screwed up!

texashawk10 9 years ago

DUI in the offseason under Self gets a suspension for fall semester games if Self applies it to future offenders (hopefully there won't be any in this category) like he did Morningstar.

Jeff Coffman 9 years ago

So Greene was probably talking to a lady late at night when her "ex" boyfriend got home. Greene was scared quickly putting the car in drive instead of reverse. He damaged a car worth less than $200, but was cited for leaving the scene. Get an attorney and there will be no issue.

Adam Miller 9 years ago

"Don't need him anyway." -- Please slap yourself in the face...

hawksquawk 9 years ago

uh, yes we do need him, you judgmental bass tard. Kindly shut the front door and move on, please.

Woody Cragg 9 years ago

2 weeks of boot camp will alter his process for sure.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years ago

Smashing into a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis the person should of applauded him not reported him!

Cmill1221 9 years ago

Hate to say it but smart move. Leaving the scene of an accident is 100% better than a DUI. Since he is under 21 any trace of alcohol would have put him behind bars. Not sayin he was drinking or anything but at 3:30 AM...

TheBoHawk 9 years ago

yes..tasty tasty beer tacos...but seriously.. I could eat an entire Taco John's menu right now.. I haven't had any in 6 years.

Jeffery Barrett 9 years ago

Sorry, Bo, but I'm having a breakfast burrito with oles right now.

Andrew Horigan 9 years ago

I lived across from Burrito King in 2007. That was only tasty after a lot of beer. Or in the morning during a severe hangover

Matt Kenton 9 years ago

You're right. I used to love Burrito King after the bars. I got it one time for lunch and never again, it was disgusting. Something magical happens to them after midnight but wears off when the sun comes up.

diegohawk 9 years ago

Big fan of a couple of decent sit down Mexican restys in Larrytown.

kureader 9 years ago

Every Monday morning, some LJW staffer scans the weekend police reports hoping to find some dirt on a KU athlete. I'm just glad the LJW didn't have a bunch of reporters in the 60's and 70's with nothing to do in the offseason. (They had Chuck Woodling and Chuck Woodling). Some of my teammates would have read their names in the LJW every single weekend. The LJW is what it is, and I'm sure they know what they're doing. I'd just prefer to read sports articles. This article is lazy journalism, and it tarnishes the reputation of a kid just to gain readership. Who knows what happened. I'll give the kid the benefit of the doubt. This doesn't belong in the newspaper. LJW, get off your butt and write a sports story.

Kyle Rohde 9 years ago

Ummm...they didn't fabricate the story and it is a story, albeit a small one. However, I also wonder what an 18 year old freshman is doing driving a 25 year old Lawrence resident's truck at 3 in the morning. You can bet Self had a talk with him already.

Lance Cheney 9 years ago

I was out at 3:20 AM plenty of times in Lawrence when I was in school there, and it was never drug-related. Alchohol-related, yes. But drug-related, no. Let's not jump to too severe of conclusions here.

bad_dog 9 years ago

I'd be more concerned it was drug-related if it occurred @ 4:20...

Jonathan Allison 9 years ago

Brannen was reportedly a straight A student in HS. This doesn't mean that he would never do something so stupid... but it's gotta count for something.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years ago

1997 Mercury Grand Marquis and a 2002 Blazer...the most expensive thing that was damaged was the paper uses to file the report!

jhox 9 years ago

Good point. I'm guessing if this happened in Lexington, the player would have been driving a Caddy SUV. It's good to know we're not handing out new cars for signed letters of intent.

Sam Brockert 9 years ago

I will say he was probably driving drunk and left the scene because they then can't cite you for driving drunk.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years ago

Anyone going to ask who the 25 year old loser that's hanging our with 18 year olds is?

texashawk10 9 years ago

Brady Morningstar? Never mind, he's 52 not 25.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years ago

Got his '02 blazer impounded by the hwy patrol on the turnpike!

texashawk10 9 years ago

You don't have to be drunk to hit a parked car in Lawrence. I saw many cars 2-3 feet off the the curb on Ousdahl and came close to hitting some of them myself even in broad daylight. That's also not a normal way back to the Towers from any of the bars students/athletes typically go to.

Nathan Scholl 9 years ago

Kids will be kids, but HCBS will get Brannen on the right track. I'd say 500 or so stair climbing drills a day for a month? Be smarter young man!

Kevin Huffman 9 years ago

Maybe, he was doing the 25-year old, owner of the truck a favor (I.e., they were drunk & couldn't drive).

Keith Kienzle 9 years ago

You could have stopped at "doing the 25-year old".

braami 9 years ago

First of all, know that the car was parked WELL in the driveway, and not hanging out in the damn street. This was my friends car that got hit, and it was seriously f**ked up. "the trunk was significantly damaged" is an understatement, trust me.

Mark Lindrud 9 years ago

We may have just figured out who's red shirting this year. Oh, and I still recall late nights at Pizza Shuttle.

Dirk Andrews 9 years ago

This is exactly what we don't need! Come on HCBS. Come on student/athletes. Our example of what we don't want to do is right in front of us, i.e. UNC. Let's be champions on and off the court. Let's learn from this and others mistakes.

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