Originally published August 21, 2017 at 11:41a.m., updated August 21, 2017 at 04:24p.m.

KU football player charged with felony assault, dismissed from team


A University of Kansas football player has been kicked off the team after allegedly threatening a woman with a gun and being arrested Sunday evening in Lawrence.

KU football head coach David Beaty announced Monday that sophomore defensive end Maciah A. Long had been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules, according to a KU Athletics news release.

Long, 19, appeared Monday afternoon in Douglas County District Court, via video-conference from the jail. He was charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a handgun, a felony; one count of marijuana possession, a misdemeanor; and one count of criminal damage to property for also damaging the assault victim's TV, a misdemeanor, according to the charges.

In court, prosecutors said a loaded handgun was allegedly involved in the incident and they requested a $6,000 bond for Long.

Judge James George set Long’s bond at $5,000 and his next court appearance for Tuesday afternoon.

Long told the judge he planned to hire his own attorney.


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Long was arrested shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday at a south Lawrence apartment complex that was listed as his home address, according to jail records.

Lawrence police officer Drew Fennelly said the related incident was a domestic disturbance but declined to provide more details.

Long, a native of Houston, Texas, played both linebacker and tight end for the Jayhawks in 2016, according to KU Athletics’ news release. According to KU Athletics, Long did not record any defensive statistics and was credited with one yard on two carries on the offensive side of the ball.

Long’s name had been removed from KU Athletics’ online football roster Monday morning.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office denied the Journal-World’s request for Long’s jail mugshot.


Randy Bombardier 5 years, 1 month ago

Too bad. There's been some good things said of him progressing at DE. Hope he gets his act cleaned up and can contribute somewhere else.

Bob Zielinski 5 years, 1 month ago

Hope he gets his act together and does not contribute elsewhere. Just because you can run a football, catch it or block does not mean it is a good idea to allow 'students' like this onto another campus to go to class among non-violent students. Violent crime from athletes is getting out of control. Violent criminals do not belong on college campuses, regardless of their on field potential.

Jim Stauffer 5 years, 1 month ago

We have suffered a great loss, but nothing compared to Maciah and his parents. I truly hope he can recover, put it all together. He is a real talent. Would hate to see it wasted on immaturity.

Robert Brock 5 years, 1 month ago

Immaturity? Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a sign of immaturity?

Jim Stauffer 5 years, 1 month ago

Yes, Robert, the problems Maciah has are the result of immaturity. Living his life according to standards he was not raised with. Smoking weed is accepted on college campuses and yet it is the first step across the line and in the case of some who do not have the maturity and objectivity at 19 years old to realize it, then leads to other illegal behavior. Even, as in this case violent behavior.

Bob Zielinski 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm lost on what you are trying to get across in your post. What he did was not 'immaturity', it was violent criminal behavior. He already burned through his second chance after being arrested and convicted of theft/robbery while in Texas, prior to joining the Jayhawks.

"Living his life according to standards he was not raised with"??? Were you involved in raising him? How do you know how he was raised? Are you assuming something about the culture he grew up in? His dad could own a car lot and he was a regular winner at annual 4-H Club events for all you know.

If someone gets to be 19 years old, progresses their way through life to the extent they graduate high school, participate in organized football and attend a university to play football they probably have gleaned enough insight to understand it is not alright to pull a gun and assault a woman, man, girlfriend, police officer, teacher, preacher, neighbor, elderly person, etc.

Even the most dim, uneducated person knows that simply pulling a gun and threatening your local gang rival will end you up in trouble with the police.

Micky Baker 5 years, 1 month ago

I am disappointed. A kid has an opportunity to get a degree of his choice as the worst-case scenario and goes and does something like this. There is always the other option, and that is to not do it. I hope he learns from it and becomes a better person for it.

Joe Ross 5 years, 1 month ago

Seriously though, why do we need a mugshot?

Appropriate action was taken and the kid was dismissed from the team. Do we really need to have a photo of him looking tore up so we can hate him just a little bit more? I know thats how it normally happens, but maybe we need a new normal. Im glad he's outta here. Lets hope he gets his act together in life and makes something of his talents and himself after his pays restitution to society. Lets leave it at that.

Stephen Burtin 5 years, 1 month ago

I get what you're saying, but I believe that is his standard team photo. That is, unless they changed it since you posted this.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 1 month ago

Another top recruit lost is bad, but you gotta do it the right way.

Wonder what the charges get reduced to? Isn't that what usually happens? Guessing there's more behind the story, though probably not anything Bragg-ish. Doubting that Beaty let's him go if he didn't have strong info about the incident, regardless of what happens in court.

Bob Bailey 5 years, 1 month ago

Without the gun, he might have gotten along. It is one thing to accuse stupidity from pot; it is different with a loaded gun.

Randy Bombardier 5 years, 1 month ago

Related subject, where was he living in relation to team? Can a player opt to live just anywhere? Unless married or as a custodial parent independent living strikes me as risky. Theres a lot if pressure and blowing off steam can lead to trouble.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 1 month ago

Let this be a lesson to the rest of the players.

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