Originally published February 23, 2017 at 09:16a.m., updated February 23, 2017 at 12:32p.m.

KU basketball player Graham arrested on municipal court charge after team’s Big 12 conference win

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) puts up a three over TCU forward JD Miller (15) during the second half, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) puts up a three over TCU forward JD Miller (15) during the second half, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Several hours after the University of Kansas men’s basketball team celebrated winning its 13th Big 12 conference title in a row, one of the team’s players was arrested after a traffic stop.

Kansas guard Devonté Terrell Graham, 22, was booked into the Douglas County Jail late Wednesday night on suspicion of failing to appear for court, booking logs show. He was arrested on Jayhawk Boulevard.

The failure to appear charge stems from an expired-tag ticket, which was filed in late June in a Lawrence Municipal Court case, court records indicate.

Wednesday was Graham’s 22nd birthday.


Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Devonté Graham

Graham was released from jail later Wednesday night after posting a $196 bond, according to the logs.

Graham does not have a criminal history in Douglas County District Court.

Graham apologized Thursday morning, via a news release from KU Athletics, for the "inattention" that led to his arrest.

“This is my fault,” he stated in the release. “I was driving an ex-teammate’s car and I thought the ticket was paid so I didn’t pay attention to the Notice to Appear that I got. That’s on me, and I apologize to everyone. I learned a lesson the hard way.”

Kansas head coach Bill Self, in the release, added: “Devonté made a mistake. This is why we tell our guys to inform us when they receive a citation, no matter how minor. For their sake we don’t want something so minor to become a story.”

Self said no punishment would be forthcoming for Graham.

"He’s obviously a terrific kid and it’s a hard lesson to learn. He thought it was handled and it wasn’t.”

KU police deputy chief James Anguiano provided some information about the incident that led to Graham's arrest.

A KU police officer stopped a vehicle on Jayhawk Boulevard at Sunflower Road, for an unspecified traffic violation, Anguiano said. The suspect, who was driving, was found to have an outstanding warrant and was arrested, Anguiano said.

— Sara Shepherd contributed to this report.

Correction: The circumstances that led to Graham's arrest are still unclear as of Thursday afternoon. A previous version of this article cited a traffic violation connected to a court case number listed on Graham's booking log. That case number was incorrect and not related to Graham, the municipal court told the Journal-World. Check back for updates.


LeeAnn Tebben 5 years, 4 months ago

What does this mean? He had expired tags on a vehicle?

Joe Ross 5 years, 4 months ago

You have to renew your plate tags every year with a little sticker that affixes to the plate and proves youve paid up. If you dont have that, you get a citation.

Jason Brinker 5 years, 4 months ago

"Suspicion of failing to appear for court"??? Either he appeared or he didn't. Regardless, this sounds very minor. Kids get busy. They forget stuff. Lesson learned.

Humpy Helsel 5 years, 4 months ago

"Look, Captain. Look here at the TV. See that guy there. I think that is the same guy on our Most Wanted List. Looks like he plays for the Jayhawks. Isn't that him? Graham. Right there. See, Captain. His name is even on the back of his jersey. Should we set up a stake out? How are going to find him around the thousands of people there? This will be fun. The TV guys said it was his birthday. And to confirm the identity, it shows the guy on the list named Graham's birthday is today! Boy, do we have a birthday present for this guy!" Busted!

Eliott Reeder 5 years, 4 months ago

She probably stole the '16 sticker off the plate.

Jackson Coleman 5 years, 4 months ago

Who is behind these spurious charges against Jayhawks? Its been a litany of "suspicion" "connected with" and "person of interest" all leading to nothing, but no doubt swinging the odds in Las Vegas to somebody's benefit. Is there a dirty repoter on the Star or in the Lawrence police?

Jay Scott 5 years, 4 months ago

spu·ri·ous ˈsp(y)o͝orēəs/ adjective not being what it purports to be; false or fake. "separating authentic and spurious claims"

These were real charges as anyone with a car would understand.

Phil Leister 5 years, 4 months ago

Arrested on Jayhawk Blvd, smack in the middle of campus. Not saying the guys should get preferential treatment, but come on, could the officer who approached Graham not have taken a slightly different course of action?

Mary Kay Scanlon 5 years, 4 months ago

Absolutely...the officer was probably hoping for a DUI and had to settle for "suspicion of failing to appear". I would never have thought Lawrence cops would be "suspected" of racial profiling, but it is beginning to look like that.

Bert White 5 years, 4 months ago

Admittedly it's piss poor timing with all the legal issues the team has faced this year, it happening on the day the streak tied the record and on Graham's birthday... But I assume he had a warrant out for failing to appear and once a officer radios someone's info and finds out they have a warrant I'd think they could get into trouble if they didn't arrest him. Overall though a failure to appear for a minor traffic citation isn't the worse thing in the world and he sounds like he learned from it.

Linda Aikins 5 years, 4 months ago

Bummer, Devo. I agree about the arrest. Could have been handled more discreetly. At least they waited until after the game.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 4 months ago

Credit to Devonte for owning up to his mistake. But I do think Self needs to discipline him - i.e., hold him out of the starting lineup for the Texas game and not let him on the floor until after the first media timeout.

John Boyle 5 years, 4 months ago

Please tell me you're not serious. This is a total non-issue.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 4 months ago

I am serious, and it is an issue because Devonte needs to learn to be responsible with court summons. He doesn't need to be suspended for the game, or even for a half. Only for the first five-plus minutes of the UT game.

RJ King 5 years, 4 months ago

What makes you think he hasn't already learned? It's not like it's the 3rd or 4th time.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 4 months ago

All I'm saying is Self needs to reinforce the lesson that Devonte has to be a responsible adult.

Ray Winger 5 years, 4 months ago

A more appropriate punishment would be for him to have to explain to his mom, then let it go.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 4 months ago

These guys just can't get out of their own way sometimes...

Jay Scott 5 years, 4 months ago

Most people too low on $$ to pay for tabs are slightly less visible..

Another example of how college players that generate billions should get a few bucks to pay basic bills.

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 4 months ago

I won't always agree with you but on this I do 100%.

Jay Scott 5 years, 4 months ago

Baby steps. Absorbing too much wisdom too fast might be dangerous.

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 4 months ago

And there goes the troll rearing its ugly head.

Jay Scott 5 years, 4 months ago

As you just proved, you have much room for wisdom. Be patient. You must be young.

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 4 months ago

You always have 2 likes. You have two accounts set up on kusports?

Jay Scott 5 years, 4 months ago

of "likes" on Jay Scott posts in this discussion - 15,1,8,4,3,2,0,2,0,1 hmmm...

Joe Ross 5 years, 4 months ago

I think he does, John. Its always the first one or two that Im sure he tries the prime the pump with. Jay is not particularly brilliant, but he's not dumb either. His comments are good enough at least half the time to approach interesting. If he weren't so nauseating, though, right? lol

Matt Woolley 5 years, 4 months ago

Oh shut up with that. They get monthly stipends and get paid more than enough to work camps over the summer. I bet he has multiple pairs of shoes in his closet worth $150 a piece that he didn't need to buy and could have paid for his tags. Take a scroll through his instagram...

Traylor lived in a car and didn't complain about money while he was here. These guys are more than taken care of. The people who need money are the 4th string football players. Or the rowers. Or athletes who don't get paid $20 an hour over the summer to "work" camps.

Jay Scott 5 years, 4 months ago

Matt. My daughter was a full scholarship 2 time All American. Yet there were still bills to pay. Don't get me wrong, we were appreciative. The TV rights to her events didn't generate billions. She worked camps. They don't run every day all summer.

KU and the NCAA can sell #4 Graham jerseys but he can't make anything? That's complete garbage. Feel free to try to justify it.

Pius Waldman 5 years, 4 months ago

I understand the owner of the vehicle was an ex-teammate. Wouldn't the owner be responsible for license renewal?

RJ King 5 years, 4 months ago

Apparently that's what Graham thought too. These kids are probably making a few "grown up" transactions without the benefit of having parents around to ask questions, follow up, and take care of loose ends. They'll learn.

Mike Greer 5 years, 4 months ago

Yes, the owner is responsible for the tag renewal, however, the catch is that if you are driving the vehicle, you are responsible for the ticket. They ticket the driver, not the owner. It's your responsibility to not barrow a car with an expired tag, yeh, like we all have checked the tags when we barrow a car. It's the same as if you ran over a little old lady in the crosswalk, the responsibility falls back on the driver. Now a good teammate would have gone in and taken care of the expired tag and this might have all gone away like Devonté thought. But what if said teammate had a car registered in another state, that's not as easy to do.

Jay Scott 5 years, 4 months ago

How many KU hoops players are from in state...

Mike Greer 5 years, 4 months ago

Rhetorical question, right? Tyler Self does come to mind, Brady Moningstar was another, Clay Young, Tucker Vang also come to mind, but not many, and that was my point, if they were registered out of state, getting a new sticker may not be something you can do in an hour the next day.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 4 months ago

Kansas police cannot ticket you for an expired tag if the vehicle is registered in a different state.

Joe Ross 5 years, 4 months ago

Kansas statutes require that all vehicles being operated on Kansas roads and highways be validly registered (whether in this state or another) and that the driver have a valid license and liability insurance. When Kansas police stop you and ask you for license, registration and insurance you have to produce it or you can get a citation.

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 4 months ago

Me and my gf just had his conversation on a non related topic. You're 100% right, Joe. But you knew that.

Joe Ross 5 years, 4 months ago

If you've been driving at least 10 years and dont know it's illegal to drive on expired tags, you might have to read the drivers manual again.

Damian Glaze 5 years, 4 months ago

I think I could have been caught for this every other year while driving during my high school and college days in Kansas (the expired tags part, not the failure to appear). Back when I was there when they gave you that citation you had 15 days to show proof of tags - meaning go buy the damn thing the next day. Do that and the citation went away. If the tag was more than a couple months expired I think the citation still stood and that ran about $50-100.

If I'm coach I do discipline him for the failure to appear part. That's just irresponsible behavior and lends itself to that "I'm above the law" mentality that can grow from these things. I don't think the punishment should play out in public like not starting or anything like that, but maybe a few extra sprints; 10 minutes of the Mikan drill; help in the mail room; something.

RJ King 5 years, 4 months ago

I think it's less of an, "I'm above the law" mentality, and more of a, "If I just ignore it, it will go away" attitude. There's a LOT of us / people out there that learn that lesson the hard way.

Ryan Zimmerman 5 years, 4 months ago

At least it wasn't for drugs or related to a girl this time... Silver lining

Bryce Landon 5 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, but that's still a crappy way for his birthday to end.

Ray Winger 5 years, 4 months ago

Yes, before KU is know as a harboring serial 'borrowing someone's car with expired tag' criminals, and thinking the car owner's getting tags is enough. or if your name is Clinton...openly pass US Classified Information throughout the electronic world, and destroy material and information after subpoena is issued, then no worries. (sorry for the grammar)

Clarence Haynes 5 years, 4 months ago

Sounds strange that it took this long for the authorities to take action. I'll leave it at that!

Matt Woolley 5 years, 4 months ago

It isn't something they go looking for. It is a happenstance. Cop noticed he didn't have up to date tags. He pulled him over. He had a warrant out for not appearing in court from the last time he was pulled over for it. He got arrested. Thousands of people have done the same thing as him. If you don't get pulled over for years, then it's probably worth it.

Steve Zimmerman 5 years, 4 months ago

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Eric Bernauer 5 years, 4 months ago

You just added 6 minutes to everybody's internet time. Frankly, I'm surprised this is allowed to stay. F***ing amazing.

Mike Greer 5 years, 4 months ago

The "correction" added above has me totally confused. Either it was related to him driving an ex-teammates car with an expired tag, which I assume he wasn't driving last night, or it was something totally unrelated. Why did they pull him over last night? Is that too much to ask? Unless he was pulled over for some other traffic offence, how would they know it was him? I'm assuming his "ex-teammate" and his car are no longer on campus. If you drive your buddy's car and a light is burnt out, the driver gets the ticket, but you would usually expect the cars owner to correct the problem and take care of the fine. I think Devonté's assumption that it was taken care of would be normal for a 21 year old that didn't actually own a car. A few laps up and down the stairs should be all that's needed to remind him of his responsibility. But this whole thing just seems wired to me.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 4 months ago

Exactly. Was Devonte simply walking on campus? Was he the passenger in someone else's car? Do they put out wanted posters on campus now for minor infractions?

Hopefully, the details of his arrest will be clarified in the future.

Barry Weiss 5 years, 4 months ago

props to Coach Self for handling this what I would say is the right way. next story.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 4 months ago

BRush had a similar situation when he was here. Maybe there's a connection (sarcasm). Hopefully the season ends well also.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 4 months ago

So many questions to ask, as many have pointed out, and now the story seems to be waiting for updates.

Yes this is news, but so what. Is the system so broken that this had to take 8 months to resolve? Surely, a proactive phone call to the athletic department would have ended this month's ago. Obviously, Devonte is not "on the loose" and hard to find.

Between sensationalism and fake news (not in this case, but certainly in many others), the media is earning their reputation for mediocre, at best, reporting.

If this had happened to the average person, it would have been "dog bites man."

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 4 months ago

Crime must be at an all-time low on campus that they are going into the "cold case" files.

Mike Greer 5 years, 4 months ago

It's either shoddy reporting, or shoddy police/court work, or answer C on many quizzes, All of the above. It's not rocket science to get a couple of facts straight. Is someone just making stuff up? It's not like they've been looking for the "Lawrence Strangler" here. When I read the headline I thought he was being arrested for stealing that guys layup ;) Oh well.

Jonathan Allison 5 years, 4 months ago

My guess is he was part of a raucus crowd and the cops came to break up the fun and were creating an incident report when they ran his ID and found out about the failure to appear charge against Devonte. Perhaps no other charges were filed against any one else but his name was flagged due to the outstanding charges. So he was arrested and booked. We would know by now if anyone else was arrested on Jayhawk Blvd last night at the same time, right?

And I'm curious about the rumor going around that he was cited for driving with expired tags in an ex-teammates car. Presumably the original citation would be available in the public record and we would know which ex-teammate to blame.

This reminds me, I need to ask my wife if she has taken care of her speeding ticket yet. I do not want to have to bail her out of jail 8 months from now.

Jay Scott 5 years, 4 months ago

That would put you in a strong bargaining position in certain issues and activities...

Bill Kackley 5 years, 4 months ago

Why the hell did the author of this article think it was newsworthy?

Tony Bandle 5 years, 4 months ago

I was dating a girl years ago and she ran a red light and a policeman pulled her over immediately. It was her birthday and as luck would have it, the policeman had the exact same birthday, year and all. Needless to say, she got out of the ticket. [Did I mention she was gorgeous and wearing a low cut blouse?].

Anyway, giving a guy a minor traffic ticket on his birthday is a low blow!!!

RJ King 5 years, 4 months ago

But he didn't get a traffic ticket on his birthday. He was taken into custody (and then released on bail) because of his failure to appear for the previous ticket. (Unfortunately "warrant for arrest" sounds the same whether it was for a simple "fix it" ticket or armed robbery.)

Anyway lots of reasons or excuses for not getting that registration completed on time - didn't pass the smog test, let the liability insurance lag, didn't have the cash, forgot, didn't feel like it . . .

It just doesn't help that most of these kids are far away from home and don't have parents close at hand to nag them and follow up on this kind of stuff.

Martin Rosenblum 5 years, 4 months ago

Arrest records that are public also include the arresting officer's identity. It would be interesting to discover some of the possible motivations for that person and what led up to his "obligation/responsibility to handle this matter in this way. I believe there should have been an alternate action/response available to discovery of the infraction. If there were eyewitnesses to the Bragg situations, surely we can get some different perspectives from somebody to go along with the LPD's report from the Graham "apprehension".

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