Originally published March 8, 2017 at 09:43a.m., updated March 8, 2017 at 06:25p.m.

KU freshman Josh Jackson suspended 1 game for inattentive driving incident, not telling coach

Kansas guard Josh Jackson gets a break on the sidelines as the team works on perimeter defense during a practice on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson gets a break on the sidelines as the team works on perimeter defense during a practice on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Another off-court legal issue came to light Wednesday as the Kansas basketball program prepared for the start of the 2017 postseason.

Kansas coach Bill Self on Wednesday morning announced that freshman guard Josh Jackson would miss Thursday’s Big 12 quarterfinal at Sprint Center to serve a one-game suspension for his role in a traffic incident in early February.

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According to Self, Jackson, KU’s second leading scorer and a likely Top 3 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft, backed into a parked car on Feb. 2 and not only did not leave his information for the car he hit but also did not tell Self about the incident until Monday.

“Josh was involved in an automobile incident that happened on February 2, when Josh backed into a parked car on campus and left the scene without leaving contact information,” Self said. “Although Josh has acknowledged his responsibility and has handled it himself, he didn’t tell me about it until Monday. He should have left his contact information at the time and notified us immediately.”

However, accident reports from KU’s Office of Public Safety indicate the crash took place sometime between Sunday, Feb. 5, and Monday, Feb. 6.

A KU officer received a report on Feb. 6 that a man’s Chevy Malibu, which was legally parked at 1620 Engel Road, had been hit, the report says.

The man told the officer he parked in a lot east of KU’s Daisy Hill Commons around 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and when he returned the next morning he noticed the car had been hit.

Damage to the Malibu is estimated to be greater than $1,000, the report says.

Later that day the investigating officer identified the car responsible for the crash as a Volkswagen Jetta with a Connecticut tag, the report says. The owner of the car said he had not been driving at the time of the accident, but he directed the officer to Jackson.

Damage to the Jetta is estimated to be less than $1,000, the report says.

The next day the officer met with Jackson, who “acknowledged he was the one driving the vehicle,” the report says.

Self told the Journal-World via text message that sophomore guard Lagerald Vick would start in Jackson’s place. Jackson will still make the trip to Kansas City with the team.

Jackson is scheduled to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court on March 27 for the following citations: striking an unattended vehicle, inattentive driving and improper backing. That appearance date is two days after a potential Elite Eight game in Kansas City, Mo., should the Jayhawks advance that far and play in that region, and five days before this year’s Final Four in Arizona.

Self provided more comment on the incident after KU’s Wednesday afternoon practice at Sprint Center.

“To me, it was a pretty easy decision,” Self told reporters outside the Kansas locker room. “If it was a singular event, I obviously would not have ... He did what he was supposed to do afterwards, but he should’ve left his contact information there. Even if he’s never had any experience with that he should’ve known that. And he also should’ve notified us if he didn’t know what to do.”

Self said Jackson’s infraction came up during a conversation between the two on Monday, two days after the conclusion of a regular season in which Kansas finished 28-3 overall and 16-2 in the Big 12 en route to a 13th consecutive Big 12 title.

“I don’t know exactly how it all went down, but he had already gone to court,” Self revealed. “He had already done what he was supposed to do. He just didn’t let anybody know he had done it. That’s what was a little disappointing because we talk about that stuff ... He made a mistake by backing into someone’s car. I think that’s probably been done many times in a parking lot before. He compounded it by not being responsible at that moment and not leaving his information. He knew that was wrong. He knew that was wrong or he wouldn’t have handled it the way he handled it afterwards. It’s disappointing, but it’s not an Earth-ender or anything like that.”

KU senior Landen Lucas said Jackson talked with the team and apologized for the distraction.

“He wants to be out there with us,” Lucas said. “But he’s going to serve his time and come back ready to go. We’ll be just fine. I think it’s one of those situations where, as soon as one or two things start happening, the spotlight gets bigger, everybody starts focusing on it and small things that usually might go unnoticed end up being a bigger deal. There’s already a big enough spotlight on us, there’s already eyes on us. It’s kind of like a glass house with everything. We already kind of had that understanding and we know it’s amplified with everything that’s been going on.”

The incident is the latest in a string of off-the-court issues affecting the Kansas basketball program, ranging from an investigation to an alleged rape at the team’s McCarthy Hall dormitory to junior guard Devonté Graham being arrested for driving with expired tags.

This is the third time Jackson’s name has appeared in these instances. Jackson, who earlier this season was charged with a misdemeanor for his role in criminal damage to a car outside of the Yacht Club, also was listed as a witness in the McCarthy Hall investigation. Jackson’s arraignment in the car vandalism case is set for 3 p.m. April 12 in Douglas County District Court, according to court records.


Suzi Marshall 5 years, 5 months ago

It would be nice if everyone took Self's advice to leave a note when bumping into a parked car! As for piling on the tickets, maybe Jackson should have left a note on his dash board for the KU/Lawrence cops like some other students all over the country.

Danny Hernandez 5 years, 5 months ago

way over board on the punishment Coach. I've done the same thing, the same thing has been done to my cars over the years......Suspend him for the first game in November 2017

Ben Kane 5 years, 5 months ago

probably more to do with hiding it than the actual crime.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 5 months ago

I agree with your take on the incident Ben. Hiding it was far worse than the actual event.

Craig Alexander 5 years, 5 months ago

Not to mention he has been mentioned in multiple incidents. If this was first time, then nothing would have been done. Self not acting now would have drove more "investigations" of control, IMO.

Craig Alexander 5 years, 5 months ago

Time for the others to step up. I'm envisioning Bragg and Lucas to start since Ok/TCU have the bigs.

Dale Rogers 5 years, 5 months ago

I think it was announced Vick will start in Jackson's place.

Craig Alexander 5 years, 5 months ago

Just proves that I am not Coach Self evidently. lol

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 5 months ago

This one bothers me the most because it goes counter to Josh's perceived character and full acceptance of responsibility. To leave the scene of an accident and then not fess up to your coach is extremely disappointing.

We know that Josh is a one and done, but I hope that he isn't leaving a too tarnished legacy on the way out. I still have faith in him, primarily because I respect his mother so much.

In short, come on, Josh!

RJ King 5 years, 5 months ago

I kind of disagree that it goes against his character. The incident happened in the dark. Maybe, or maybe not possible to see the extent of the damage. No doubt JJ was scared and left without leaving note, just hoping nothing would come of it. When confronted later with his mistakes, he was honest.

He went to court and tried to handle it alone. That speaks to his self-confidence. That he didn't confide in Self speaks to his embarrassment and shame, and his revere and intimidation of Self. But he eventually came around and informed his coach.

It all paints a picture of Jackson as a confident, respectful young man who - through mistakes, trial & error - is learning and growing in all aspects of his game and life.

We have heard he is coachable, and this incident doesn't indicate otherwise. I'm not excusing what he has done. Only saying that even though the pace of his off-court development is slower than we would like - this doesn't deviate much from the character we perceived.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm with RJ on this. 3 traffic violations aren't going to change anyone's position in the draft. Whichever team needs him the most and is positioned to draft him, will do so.

His legacy at Kansas will be of a very positive, hard working and great player.

Tracey Graham 5 years, 5 months ago

Even though many of these off-the-court incidents are relatively minor, it's alarming that they seem to be piling up. Coach Self needs to get this under control now. Athletes should not be able to believe that they will get special treatment from the coach and/or the university administration, so they can get away with whatever the hell they want to do. They need to be treated the same way as any other student.

Self had to suspend Jackson,not just because of this specific incident, but because of the previous incidents damaging the car of the KU women's player. IMO, you can't just ignore these things with the excuse of him being a kid. He needs to understand he can't get away with this stuff. Because the last thing anyone should want s for him to continue to get into trouble, even if it is "minor", as his life goes along.

I ran into a parked car once. It was dark and I didn't see it in time. I went looking for the driver but couldn't find him/her, so I left a note with my contact info on the windshield. It's a simple thing to do. You don't have to be an adult to understand that.It appears Josh did the wrong thing. If he had told Coach Self right away, he probably would have sat out a regular season game.

Let's hope this will be the last off-the-court issue involving any of the players.

Mike Kendall 5 years, 5 months ago

I said that way back when the first one happened, Tracey.

Dale Rogers 5 years, 5 months ago

The damage to the car is still awaiting the court appearance. You don't sentence someone until they've had their day in court, whether it be city court of Self's office if no other action is being taken. So many here were ready to convict Bragg on the shoving incident and it turned out he was the victim and the previously alleged victim has now been charged.

Allin Herring 5 years, 5 months ago

Self Suspended Bragg before his day in court on the drug articles. Why didn't do the same to Jackson on the first car incident? Oh yea he is a starter and Self did not want to Man up at that time. But oh wait I remember Jackson is an "Ambassador" for the University right? So what he did was OK! I guess he lost that tag now that he has embarrassed the university, his team and his "coach", Good thing that all KU students do not get 2 criminal charges on themselves in less than a years time. Bill maybe if you had manned up and suspended him the first time he would have been playing in the TCU game.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 5 months ago

"They need to be treated the same way as any other student."

I agree with your post Tracy but there is no way they will ever be treated in the same way as any other student. I remember getting into a few dustups during my time at KU and not once did they ever become topics of discussion at the local and national media.

With the one exception of Graham, most of these incidents have involved underclassmen in relatively minor incidents. It's easy to forget that these kids are in many ways "the same as any other student." except they live under a microscope where almost every mistake is capable of making national news.

In no way does that excuse or minimize their behavior, I'm just pointing out that they are still kids and often living away from from home for the first time in their lives.

Adam Bengtson 5 years, 5 months ago

In all honesty, how the hell do you police this? Unless they make it law to never come out of dorm, you can do a thing about this.

Henry Joseph Hofmeister 5 years, 5 months ago

yeah a coach can't exactly take away his car like a parent could. i think everyone has their fair share of learning what to do driving as a teenager before we figure it all out.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 5 months ago

Maybe suspend a player one game. Just a thought.

Dale Rogers 5 years, 5 months ago

Yep, agree with how do you police this. I celebrated the end of one college year by throwing water balloons from the back of a moving pickup. I broke a windshield. I paid for it and I apologized in person to the owner. But I didn't get suspended from anything. Oops, I wasn't a college athlete. I guess that would make a difference. After all, I was being a kid and athletes aren't allowed to do that.

Len Shaffer 5 years, 5 months ago

But you paid it and apologized, Dale; you didn't run away. That makes a HUGE difference.

Armen Kurdian 5 years, 5 months ago

He got scared, made a bad call. Penalty does sound harsh, but Coach is consistent w/his punishments. it's unfortunate it comes at a critical time like this. Coach Self really didn't have a choice in the matter.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 5 months ago

This has everything to do with Devonte's arrest.

You know Coach has not been pleased about all these incidents and that the players are not making his staff aware of what's happening. He mentioned that specifically to the media following Devonte's arrest and you know he mentioned it to the team.

Unfortunately for Josh (hopefully not for the team), he waited another week and possibly until after it became an external incident to let Coach know.

This is all part of their std orientation (strike 1). Devonte's reminder/warning was Strike 2. Strike 3 you're out - for one game. Appropriately played by Coach.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 5 months ago

I get it that the guys need to accept responsibilities but, since this is such a minor thing, it is very easy to find humor in it all.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 5 months ago

Has any group of Jayhawks had more trouble getting in their own way than this group? >.<

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 5 months ago

Were 'The Hardy Boys' Jayhawks? Why do I get the feeling the reported incidents are just the tip of an iceberg full of non-critical hijinks. Following this team is like watching a loop from The Hardy Boys. However, Josh and Apple Jackson and Vick reminds me of Beaver, June Cleaver and Eddie Haskel, respectively.

Gerry Butler 5 years, 5 months ago

Not even close Bryce, it's just been like a plague, seems like just one thing after another, true some minor but DAM come on now. Time to put on their big boy britches- -enough is enough, these little things add up -I don't remember any group having this kind of trouble. Hoping this is it

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 5 months ago

This is a TRASH site but it does log police incidents with Kansas basketball players.

Please don't take this as an endorsement for this dipsh**.

Mike Kendall 5 years, 5 months ago

Here's hoping that Vick and/or Bragg step up their game. Gotta win that first game in the Big 12 Tourney to hold on to the #1 seed. Svi needs to start hitting shots, too. Frank will lead by example, as always.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 5 months ago

Vick will be fine, maybe drive into the lane a little more. Svi is the one that needs to step up.

Tom Jones 5 years, 5 months ago

KU will absolutely be a one seed regardless of Thursday's outcome, but losing may put KC in doubt.

Craig Alexander 5 years, 5 months ago

If we go outside of KC, would Joe Lunardi ship Wichita State with us just because?

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 5 months ago

Joe Lunardi has absolutely no say on where any team goes or who is in or not in.

Gary Pomeroy 5 years, 5 months ago

It is a minor incident - unless yours is the car that was hit. Why do I get the impression that if he was not on the team, he would not be getting all this love. Unfortunate that he decided to handle the situation as he did, but we all actually need to take responsibility for our actions, regardless of how well we can play a sport. I am proud of the coach for doing what was right, regardless of the outcome. For the opposite view, see Tom Osborne and the way he handled Lawrence Phillips. Suspended until the national championship game, then he magically was reinstated. Sad commentary.

Danny Hernandez 5 years, 5 months ago

Number one we don't even know the damage and how many posters here have accidentally backed into a car and then drove off without even looking at any possible damage? I see it all the time here in NYC where I reside. Saw it in LA, Seattle, Tucson, Miami, heck even Topeka where I grew up. No big deal to me

Mike Greer 5 years, 5 months ago

My daughter had a car on campus that was damaged (this was years ago by the way) no one left a note, my niece had a car on campus that was damaged (almost as many years ago) and I'm just talking about the ones at KU. No one leaves a note on a college campus. I watched an old man the other day back into a parked car and start to drive off, he had no idea his Caddy hit a car. Kinda makes you wish you weren't a basketball player, you get so much personal attention. Good grief Charlie Brown!

Mike Tackett 5 years, 5 months ago

Keep making excuses. If this was UK or MU you folks would be demanding a hanging. What a mess. Bunch of jock sniffers.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 5 months ago

It's okay 'little' mike, Doc is making his rounds and you'll get your thorazine any time now.

Benz Junque 5 years, 5 months ago

If he was not on the team, this wouldn't be splashed all over the national news either.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 5 months ago

At least we know what the announcers will be harping on during the game tomorrow. How many times will the cameras focus on the bench with Josh in street clothes? Certainly, Fran Freshcella (? spelling) will be in his usual pontificating mode, especially if we play OU since that is where his son graduated last year.

Always interesting how unsuccessful coaches become announcers who try to tell successful coaches how to coach.

Gerry Butler 5 years, 5 months ago

That's beyond funny Harlan, and the reason it is because you are soooooo right. - -There will be so much made out of this, the game will almost be an after thought. I mean ya it's bad it happened but you couldn't of said it any better

Tom Jones 5 years, 5 months ago

Sssshhh....please do not wake The Troll.

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 5 months ago

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Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 5 months ago

A good way of summing things up in three words or less!

Dirk Medema 5 years, 5 months ago

If we lose tomorrow without Josh it will have no bearing on seeding because he will be back for the tourney. To lose with him or for a longer suspension would but not this.

Chris DeWeese 5 years, 5 months ago

Not a very flattering segment on about Bill Self's apparent lack of institutional control. Domestic violence, statutory rape, drug use, vandalism, arrests. When you put it all together, it starts looking really ugly. calls into question Bill Self's judgment with his recent recruiting. Never thought I'd see that as he has always been a class act and demands that his players represent the University of Kansas with character and integrity. Has his discipline of the players been enough?

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 5 months ago

Geezzz, I listend to that crazing blathering and found it ironic a glorifying story about John Wooden was posted next to it. What basis can they attack Self and glorify Wooden, who had Sam Gilbert paying off all the top players for years on end with absolutely no repercussions?

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 5 months ago

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Barry Weiss 5 years, 5 months ago

I don't believe there has been any proof about any of our players being involved in a statutory rape. I would not even post something like that.

Chris DeWeese 5 years, 5 months ago

You're right. I should have indicated alleged rape. I guess since the alleged victim was 16 at the time, it technically wouldn't have been statutory rape.

Mike Tackett 5 years, 5 months ago

Well put. Makes you ashamed to be a Jayhawk.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 5 months ago

What happened Mike? Pretty sad to be trolling other teams comment sites. But I guess that's what trolls do.

Mike Tackett 5 years, 5 months ago

KU grad and letterman butthead. Go pound sand. Still ashamed. Get some values other than just win baby.

Mike Tackett 5 years, 5 months ago

Marius, repost. If you like endless arrests go for it. Not a troll. Unlike you want to be a 'proud' Jayhawk. I don't want winning at any cost, like you. Please, again, go pound sound.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 5 months ago

Did the doctor get you your Thorazine? For a KU grad, you should have gone to Missouri or maybe Pittsburgh State or even Wichita. Sorry that you're not proud to be a Jayhawk. Not one proven incident being prosecuted in Lawrence. But I guess you're one of those guilty until proven not guilty.

That isn't how it works in this country. I bet you're in favor of transgender bathrooms or in using the bathroom of how you define yourself. Me, if you have a penis you go to the men's bathroom and if you have a virgina, you use the woman's bathroom's. This must be a tough decision for you. Jayhawk grad? If you say so.

Pound Did you read that in some book about the military? I haven't heard that since I've seen some of my Vietnam vet friends. Your Thorazine is on the way.

Alex Wishart 5 years, 5 months ago

The real story hear is that Josh drives a Jetta

Sam Burns 5 years, 5 months ago

The owner of the car said he had not been driving at the time of the accident, but he directed the officer to Jackson.

Humpy Helsel 5 years, 5 months ago

Drip...drip...drip. I want to enjoy this ride so bad. And just when I get comfortable with our amazing team another drip lands in the bucket. I feel bad for Coach because he is really out of excuses for these guys. I feel bad for Frank because we should all be focused on celebrating the awards for his amazing year. And there will be some type of Title IX investigation, either internally or otherwise. With merit or not, anything short of a deep run in the tournament will create blame on the off court crap.

Janet Olin 5 years, 5 months ago

I don't ever remember when more incidents led to sensational negative reporting, even when the player involved was not charged or turned out to be the victim.Yes, 20-year olds can be immature and do bone-headed things, but this is starting to pile up in the minds of fans, to the everlasting ecstasy of people who resent KU's basketball dominance. Taken one at a time, I wouldn't be concerned, but now that 4 of KU's main players have been trashed in the media this season (Bragg, Vick, Graham, Jackson), I am concerned about public perception of KU players and Coach Self. We all know the staff preaches/teaches players about how to avoid negative situations. All very frustrating.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 5 months ago

And we still have no idea what happened at the dorm. The farther KU goes in the tournament the more national news will be poking into that story.

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 5 months ago

So apparently when you say "fake news" your post gets deleted. I guess no one watches the Jimmy Fallon show.

Kevin Jenkins 5 years, 5 months ago

Here we go again. Where is the leadership of the Seniors now? Why hasn't Self done more to correct all these problems? Okay, some of you think it's no big deal. Are you doing the same, when you park your car? Would you appreciate it if someone posted a note on your car, saying I'm sorry I hit your car? Morals!! These are young men and they do make mistake. They do need direction and understanding. I watched the SI comments, Witch hunt or not, it does make people wonder? He made 1 mistake and now it's 2 or is it 3,4? Some where you have punish him. Looks like as long as we're winning, no body cares about the continuous problems. Coach or coaches should try to guide these young men in a better direction. Of course you can't control what happens. But what's next?

RJ King 5 years, 5 months ago

Where are the seniors? Well Landon and Tyler are kinda busy studying for their MBA's. And Frank is kinda busy leading the team by example. Totally unfair to point even a pinky at them. You can lead horses to water you know, but . . .

How can Self correct a problem until he knows about it?

If you listened to their senior speeches apparently it's Jeremy Case's responsibility to report broken curfews to Self. Should we blame Jeremy Case?

No one is saying it's no big deal. People are debating how much of a big deal it is. Do you have children? Many? So that you understand that they are all different in their timelines and personalities?

It's hard to watch someone you love make poor choices - whether your own kid, or just a player on your favorite team. But helicopter parenting (AND coaching) has it's pros and cons. Sometimes the cake just has to stay in the oven.

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