Originally published February 24, 2017 at 11:11a.m., updated February 24, 2017 at 04:29p.m.

KU basketball player Josh Jackson charged in car vandalism case; Self says he won’t bench ‘great ambassador’ for KU

Kansas freshman Josh Jackson warms up prior to a game against Baylor, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Kansas freshman Josh Jackson warms up prior to a game against Baylor, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.


University of Kansas basketball player Josh Jackson was charged Friday with one count of criminal damage to property for allegedly damaging a car outside a Lawrence bar in December.

Jackson is being issued a summons to appear in court for criminal damage to property of less than $1,000, a misdemeanor, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announced Friday.

Jackson’s court appearance, an arraignment, is set for 3 p.m. April 12 in Douglas County District Court, according to court records.

Jackson shared a statement on the matter Friday afternoon in an email sent to the Journal-World through a third party.

“I am very sorry that this whole situation occurred,” Jackson said in the typed statement. “I was trying to help a teammate and unfortunately the matter escalated. There were many other people involved and I have already offered to pay for any damage that I directly caused. I am anxious to resolve this and focus on school and basketball.”

Jackson will continue to play with the team, KU men’s basketball Coach Bill Self said Friday, in a statement. Self said he applied “the appropriate in-house discipline” immediately after and that the discipline would remain in house. Self didn’t elaborate on the nature of that discipline.

“I know Josh has regrets for his actions in this incident,” Self said. “He and I both know he could have exercised better judgment for this avoidable situation, but I’m pleased with how he’s accepted responsibility. This does not take away from the fact that he has been a great ambassador for this university. He will learn from this incident and be better for it.”

Jackson, 20, is KU’s top freshman, if not overall player. The 6-foot-8-inch guard from Detroit was a 2016 McDonald’s High School All American and has been named a Big 12 Newcomer of the Week six times this season, a record for first-year Jayhawks.

The Jayhawks’ next game is Saturday in Austin, against the University of Texas.

Jackson’s charge stems from a Dec. 9 argument that started at the Yacht Club, 530 Wisconsin St., and spilled outside.

A woman told police who arrived at the scene that the car she was driving had been damaged by “a known person and other unknown individual(s),” Branson said in a news release Friday. Investigating officers determined that the woman threw a drink on a male patron in the bar, then a friend of that patron — Jackson — followed the woman to her car at 545 Wisconsin St. and argued with her. During the argument, the woman’s car was damaged in several places.

Witnesses said they saw Jackson kick the driver’s door and a tail light, Branson said. The car sustained more damage than that, but witnesses at the scene “were unable to specifically identify other individual(s) that caused damage to the vehicle other than Jackson,” Branson said.

Total damage to the vehicle was estimated to be $3,150, according to Branson. Damage to the door and tail light was estimated to be $1,127.

Branson explained why Jackson was not charged with felony criminal damage, which is damage exceeding $1,000.

“The state can’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that all the damage to the door and tail light were caused by Jackson due to other unidentifiable individual(s) damaging the vehicle,” Branson said.

Fellow KU basketball player Lagerald Vick is among witnesses listed in the court’s charging document against Jackson.

The Kansas City Star reported earlier this month that Vick and Jackson were both persons of interest in the vandalism case, citing “multiple sources.” Police did not confirm at the time that either man was involved, and did not answer a question Friday about Vick’s involvement.

“An affidavit has already been submitted to the DA’s office and therefore the Lawrence Police Department will not be providing any additional information regarding this case,” Lawrence police Sgt. Amy Rhoads said.

Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to the district attorney, said, in an email, that the court lists witnesses “necessary to file a case.” For another person to be charged, the court would need to receive additional investigative reports that named a new suspect, she said.

Other people listed as witnesses in the court document charging Jackson include three female KU athletes. One of them is the woman who was driving the car and reported the damage, according to the corresponding Lawrence police report.

That report, obtained by the Journal-World in January, indicates the incident happened about 2 a.m. Dec. 9 and lists estimated damage to the car at $2,991.

Criminal damage to property of less than $1,000 is a class B nonperson misdemeanor, according to court documents. A class B misdemeanor conviction is punishable by a fine and/or up to six months in jail, according to the Kansas sentencing statute.

— Sports editor Tom Keegan contributed to this report.


Craig Alexander 5 years, 7 months ago

My guess is he will be sitting for Texas game now. It will be plead iut, paid, and some minor community service or some other punishment. Bragg and Vick better be ready to play if we want to win in Texas. Let's get the punishment over and move on.

Tim Orel 5 years, 7 months ago

Since both Vick and Jackson were there, maybe Self sits them both, thus opening the way for his son to start a game that isn't the home finale on senior night? Mason might still be able to get the win even with Jackson and Vick on the bench (I'm kinda assuming Graham will also be sitting).

Barry Weiss 5 years, 7 months ago

If I were coach, as punishment, in addition to paying for the damages and apologizing, I would then have Josh run some laps and shoot FT's for one hour each day, for five days, when he would normally have free time. There is no sense in sitting him from a game, in my opinion. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Craig Alexander 5 years, 7 months ago

Probably her car. This is pure speculation but I could see her threatening something and they thought they would send a message.

Jason Brinker 5 years, 7 months ago

Wasn't it determined that this happened the same night as the incident between Bragg and Soofi? Like maybe an hour later? It could be a coincidence, but something smells funny. And if there were "other unknown individuals" causing damage to the vehicle, how can authorities be certain what damage Jackson did?

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 7 months ago

KC Star's Laura Bauer and Mara Williams reports it's McKenzie Calvert from Steele HS, NE of San Antonio, who plays on the women's bball team. For what it's worth, Calvert is 3-19 shooting over the past 4 games for 7 points.

Apparently McKenzie has a 'history.' Why did she leave USC? Maybe she should be focusing on her grades and team rather than trowing drinks around a bar..

I'm all for Self keeping the team under control but this story has far to many odd tangents and hyperbole. Most of the story sounds like somewhat typical night out on a college campus for some college kids. Maybe kicking the door is how Jackson originally hurt his ankle...?

Adam Collins 5 years, 7 months ago

Attacking this woman doesn't seem like the best response especially considering that she threw a drink, but Jackson vandalized her car.

Town Thomas 5 years, 7 months ago

Suzi, the second link you provided is using Josh's head as the background. Is it legally allowed? I am not quite sure.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 7 months ago

You might want to send a note to either Laura Bauer: 816-234-4944, @kclaurab or Mará Rose Williams: 816-234-4419, @marawilliamskc. They wrote the article.

Jonathan Allison 5 years, 7 months ago

I love how the KCStar reporters are insinuating that KU is punishing the victim for getting the men's bball team in trouble.

You are right in saying that the article is high on tangents and hyperbole. Also in innuendo. Also it's very light on evidence, however, they claim to have many, many witnesses and sources.

Good grief. And typically if you want to know why a players PT is decreased all you have to do is watch them play. 3-19 shooting doesn't necessarily equate to increased minutes. But if you're too busy to watch the games then I guess you can just ask the Chancellor why Calvert's minutes are down... bizarre.

They present hard evidence such as she played 25 minutes a game in the first 8 games of the season and led the team in scoring 5 times... Why won't they just come right out and say what they think is happening? They are basically writing an opinion column by using innuendo and insinuating, so that they can try to pass it off as investigative journalism, but it basically reads like a article without the curse words.

Joe Ross 5 years, 7 months ago

You keep asking about Soofi. I figured youd have had all the answers. You know, because you two share the identity of the constant troublemaker and being a menace to Jayhawk fans everywhere.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

Saleeha is waging Jihad against the Jayhawks. It's a Soofi family thing.

Barry Weiss 5 years, 7 months ago

seems to me that the female who threw a drink on the KU player could be charged with assault, or in the alternative, the KU player pay for damages to her car, she pay for dry cleaning his cloths, and this is a private matter that does not have to involve the po po. That's had it should have gone down. Anyway, back to FT's for Josh. That's a fair team punishment for him, the law will handle that end of it.

Kent Richardson 5 years, 7 months ago

KC Star has Vick and Jackson and the name of the alleged victim, a KU women's BB team player, who is the same person who Vick supposedly domestically assaulted last year. Article says the woman threw a drink in Vicks face at a bar in KC and when she was in her car Jackson kicked her car door and tail light. And so on......

Witnesses evidently cannot verify if Jackson was the only person abusing the car which belongs to the father of the woman.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 7 months ago

Perhaps it was good re-thinking about putting the Woman's Basketball Team in McCarthy Hall with the Men's Team.

Adam Collins 5 years, 7 months ago

If Jackson is innocent until proven guilty, wouldn't that suggest that he shouldn't be disciplined until he admits to the crime?

KU suspended Bragg, though, so I guess getting charged is all it takes.

Tim Orel 5 years, 7 months ago

The suspensions are to send a message not to get around situations like this. It doesn't have to be only for being guilty. He and Vick were out late at a bar, and both were not old enough to be drinking alcohol (I don't know whether Lawrence still serves KU athletes the way they used to). I'm sure Self knows what went down, no matter what plea gets entered in court. As for Jackson in particular, he has shown that he is very intelligent and learns from mistakes (no technicals in how many games?) so he'll be fine. He probably has a target on his back now from people anxious to cash in when Jackson gets that fat NBA contract in a few months. I hope he has good handlers then.

Mike Kendall 5 years, 7 months ago

Is it just me or am I getting tired of reading about the Jayhawk players involved with the police. I know the media loves to jump on these opportunities. Players have to realize they are under the microscope when at KU. Please no more police reports!

Bryce Landon 5 years, 7 months ago

Here's hoping that, in 2017-2018, there won't be any such stories about any of next year's players. -_-

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

Watching Graham's name scroll along the bottom of ESPN this morning already started my day off wrong and now every media outlet will be maximizing viewership/readers by reporting this story on Josh Jackson.

Has there ever been any year in KU history where so many altercations, arrests, accusations and even false accusations that come close to this year's team? And what I really don't get is that this year's team is really filled with what I would call, good kids. Some of this has been blown way out of proportion but ultimately, most of these incidents are grounded in fact however petty it may be.

I hope that the outcome of all of this is that it brings an "us against the world" mentality as deflate gate did for the Patriots.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

And guess whose name was scrolling along the bottom of ESPN this morning?

Lance Hobson 5 years, 7 months ago

Sit him for the Texas game. He has to rest his ankle anyway. Mason will be able to pad his Wooden stats.

Adam Collins 5 years, 7 months ago

If I were Jackson I would be more worried about what's going to happen when I see Apples again...

Chris DeWeese 5 years, 7 months ago

Agreed. You know it's going to hit the fan the next time he sees her.

Chad Smith 5 years, 7 months ago

Sit him for the texas game. We can still win that game and the oklahoma home game without him tbh. I dont think its good that these kids keep getting into trouble. However, from all these collective reports from December, it does seem to point to one troubled lady hellbent on messing with our team. I said it before ill say it again and im sure its been discussed by coach self and the players. Stay away from her. No good has come from interacting with this person. Hopefully senior leaders mason and lucas have stepped in and counseled their young teammates. And with all of this, i will add it seems to focus and fire up our team. As mentioned previously, jackson needs to heal up anyway. Rest him two games and then have him come back for the tournaments.

Blake Brown 5 years, 7 months ago

I agree with some of you, this season has been atrocious in so far as KU basketball players being involved in unlawful incidents AND all seem to be righteous kids with no previous history of issues. What is this all about?

Tony Bandle 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm just waiting for the headline, "TYLER SELF CAUGHT EGGING KU COACH'S HOUSE!!"

Mike Kendall 5 years, 7 months ago

LMAO, Tony! That was really funny! I needed a good laugh. Thanks!

Brett McCabe 5 years, 7 months ago

Throwing eggs at Brandon Schneider's house seems a little extreme for an Academic All Big 12 kid.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 7 months ago

Your kinsman, Andrew, was at the White House yesterday and made it into the news again.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 7 months ago

It's not often a comment makes me laugh my @$$ off, but when it happens, well, it's only appropriate to acknowledge it! XD

Jeremiah Holcomb 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm thinking this is why recruitment is tough. Parents don't want their kids hanging with the current squad

Len Shaffer 5 years, 7 months ago

I don't think any of these things will have an effect on recruiting. Most of them are extremely minor, and if Self is recruiting someone and it comes up, I'm sure that he can give an adequate explanation.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

You nailed it. Why would any parent want their kid to play with one of the best (if not the best) coaches in the country? Or play for a team that consistently gets players into the NBA. Or play for a school that develops talent (Lucas, Mason, Graham) instead of relying on a Freshman class of one and dones?

Billy Preston, Marcus Garrett, Malik Newman and Sam Cunliffe, what were you thinking??

Janet Olin 5 years, 7 months ago

Much of it seems to stem from Soofi's allegations against Bragg earlier that were nullified by hallway camera videos. The damaged car belongs to the 'victim's' father. I fail to see how authorities can decide how much damage Jackson did by kicking the door, when the reports say other people participated in the incident. If anyone can prove Jackson kicked the door, I won't defend him, but assigning damage amounts to one person while admitting others did things but the individuals and their damage can't be verified seems very circumspect to me. Still, it was dumb of him to be outside a bar where he can be a target of people wanting instant media coverage.

Janet Olin 5 years, 7 months ago

Today's (Saturday) Star has an extensive article about it. The 'victim' is a sophomore women's basketball player named Calvert, who transferred from USC, is the one who alleged Vick hit her in 2015. Charges were not filed against Vick; university officials used the 'preponderance of evidence' rule to decide, which means they couldn't prove the allegations.Since the vandalism story, the Star reports her playing time has diminished by about one half. She didn't play in a game 2 days after the vandalism, and a KU athletics rep told the Topeka Capital-Journal correspondent she 'wasn't feeling well.' The vandalism incident allegedly happened after she threw a drink in Vick's face. The article also says discipline has been meted out internally already. Really stupid of Vick and Jackson to be in a bar while underage and living in such a fish bowl. Dumb.

Michael Sillman 5 years, 7 months ago

It seems likely that the competitive fire that makes Jackson so good on the court also ignites in other situations. In my view this is relatively minor stuff but the number of events certainly exceeds the norm for a Self coached team. I'll be interested to see how he handles it. A cynical view would be that he was completely aware of the exact events but chose to delay disciplinary action until after the West Virginia and Baylor games.

Mike Tackett 5 years, 7 months ago

Really, 'relatively minor stuff'. You can't buy press this good. Sick of this crap. To many players with Whisky Brain or Pot Head. I kick in two or three cars on the way to work every morning. Join me sometime.

Steve Corder 5 years, 7 months ago

The microscope of the media shows all flaws.

It's a very common affliction of youth, thinking one is an adult while acting like a moron. I once suffered from the same condition.

John Randall 5 years, 7 months ago

"I once suffered from the same condition."

Is your use of the word "once" indicative of 'one time only' or is it 'for a period of time in the past', as in 'Once Upon A Time' ??

Dirk Medema 5 years, 7 months ago

It sounds like the discipline took place months ago - immediately after the incident, and is now complete though we likely will never know. I'm guessing it was the FT practice mentioned above. He has been better lately.

Also some people apparently missed the fact that the charges are for less than the damage because they can't be certain about how much damage was caused by Josh. It will be interesting to see how much restitution will be required by the court.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 7 months ago

That was my first thought as well. Hopefully Self had him shoot 500 FTs for 5 consecutive days. That would seem to be an appropriate disciplinary action for the incident and his sub 60% FT performance.

Michael Sillman 5 years, 7 months ago

I am surprised by Self's decision. It seems like the message is that a one and done star who is playing well will get a slap on the wrist for a misdemeanor charge. On the other hand if you are a five star recruit who is playing poorly you'll sit for three games.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 7 months ago

Thanks, Dirk, for the sanity and the obvious reading of the article. Everything you say is backed up in the article.

Robert Brock 5 years, 7 months ago

Good grief - this sounds like big doings in a little farm town.

Matthew Pyle 5 years, 7 months ago

Not even a one game suspension? I think Self needs to rethink this. He broke the law, he probably could have been charged with more.... this is not a good look.

Mike Greer 5 years, 7 months ago

This is old news, it happened almost three months ago, Coach has long ago addressed the issue with Jackson and took care of it in way and extent he deemed appropriate. Thank you everyone for your disciplinary opinions, but this is a done deal.

For Gods sake, can we just get back to basketball!

Mike Tackett 5 years, 7 months ago

Thanks MG. Win at any cost. We have a 'great ambassador for the university" in JJ. Anybody else pull this act and they are charged with a felony count.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

You should learn to read the article before making uninformed comments. The deciding factor on whether this was a felony or a misdemeanor was the dollar value of the damage done. The damage caused by Jackson was below $1000 making this a misdemeanor.

You only needed to read to the 2nd paragraph.

Pretty simple.

Tracey Graham 5 years, 7 months ago

Devonte' forgetting to appear in court for a traffic ticket is minor (since when do you have to go to court for expired tags, anyway? In my state, you get a ticket, you pay the ticket and then you go get new tags. I don't know anyone who has had to appear in court for that). But Josh damaging someone else's car is not. I would bench Josh for the game at Texas. You can't go around damaging other people's property. He shouldn't have been at the bar in the first place, since he's underage. This situation could have been much worse, but it still isn't something that should just be brushed off as nothing.

There have been far too many incidents involving the KU players and the police this season. Have to wonder what's going on.

Nathan Anderson 5 years, 7 months ago

He was summoned to court over the unpaid ticket, not the expired tag.

Town Thomas 5 years, 7 months ago

Imagine what would have happened to Carlton Bragg if the surveillance video didn't exist! I trust Coach Self on this one.

Jerry Walker 5 years, 7 months ago

"Self said he applied “the appropriate in-house discipline” immediately after and that the discipline would remain in house." -- LJW

Is that so difficult to understand?

Doug Roberts 5 years, 7 months ago

Question #1: What are all of these underage kids doing at a bar in the first place?!

Clark Groseth 5 years, 7 months ago

Thank you, Doug! It occurs to me that all of these kids are recognized as being KU jocks...and under age. So how does that work?

Mike Tackett 5 years, 7 months ago

If this were happening at Kentucky you clowns would be having the vapors. This ship no longer has a captain. All of this BS is a very bad sign. You folks keep giving these kids a pass and worse will follow. This is just the stuff they have been caught doing. I was under the impression we didn't have a win at all costs program, HCBS just proved me wrong. Before you go BS, with the exception of the first Bragg incident, everything the press has run is factual. No denials The final straw was the HCBS line " he's a great ambassador for the university". No doubt his punishment was to watch Head of the Class reruns for two hours. What university would that be Bill, MU or KSU? The guy is not in touch with reality, been on the hill to long.I'm done with this clown show.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

The Kansas City Star seems to have indicted the Kansas athletic program with the following article:

After reporting KU’s Josh Jackson Vandalized Her Car Family Players Time on Court Decreased,

Town Thomas 5 years, 7 months ago

Please quote what they said here if you don't mind. I am not going to read anything they reported directly at their site, after what they have done to Carlton. They are not doing serious journalism.

Janet Olin 5 years, 7 months ago

The Star article said the woman didn't play in a game 2 days after the incident and KU athletic reps told the Topeka reporter she wasn't feeling well. Reduced time might have to do with her stats not being good the last 4 games she played. The Star couldn't find evidence she was being punished for the incident. Could also be that she's a sophomore and was in a bar, allegedly threw a drink in Vick's face. Maybe there was some immediate in-house discipline for her as well as Self's.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

I guess it's possible that 2 people can read an article and come to 2 totally different conclusions. Instead of writing my interpretation, I'll just quote the meaningful paragraphs that apply.

"Jackson will not miss any games as a result of the charge. Coach Bill Self said he had already been disciplined in-house."

"That hasn’t been the case for the women’s player, McKenzie Calvert. The sophomore guard, who was a top recruit before coming to KU, was the Jayhawks’ leading scorer in five of the first eight women’s games this season. She averaged 28.1 minutes per game.

Calvert didn’t play in the ninth game, which was two days after she reported the vandalism to police. In the next 18 games, she didn’t play in another three. In those 19 games, her minutes per game dropped to 15.6."

Allin Herring 5 years, 7 months ago

Mike Tackett nice honest reply. Let's'see Bragg who has not played up to what was projected was syspended for his criminal offense but the "star" Jackson commits a crime and he is not suspended something is wrong with coaching. Win at all cost are we Bill? He is a great ambassador for the program and School? Really Bill? When does someone who kicks in a door of a car and is charged for property damage become an Ambassador? The whole program is out of control with court appearances and Bill is appointing Ambassadors! I have lost total respect for you Bill and your win at all cost attitude. No wonder your recruiting class is one of lowest ranked classes in years. I can dree why Tre Young selected OU when he reads this teams rap sheet.

Janet Olin 5 years, 7 months ago

None of this was in Bill's sphere of influence. KU police investigated, the local DA did or did not file charges based on available evidence; in-house discipline for players was meted out as per university rules. Trae Young went to OU because his mamma wanted him to so the family could come to his games and because the coach told him he would 'hand over the reins' of the program to him. Quite an enticement for a first-year player. Trae wants to be the Face of the OU program, not a player on a team.

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