Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Recent KU football player arrested after reportedly pointing gun at woman on campus


A recent member of the University of Kansas football team was arrested overnight, after a woman reported that he pointed a gun at her on campus.

Kenny E. Bastida, 19, was arrested early Wednesday morning at Stouffer Place Apartments, 1835 Ousdahl Road, on suspicion of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property, according to Douglas County Jail records.


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A 19-year-old woman who is not a KU student reported to KU police that around 3 a.m. she was in a physical altercation with him at Stouffer Place, where he lives, Deputy Chief James Anguiano of the KU Office of Public Safety said in an email. During the altercation, the suspect pointed a gun at the woman, she told police.

The woman left the area and called police, Anguiano said. He said she reported being injured but refused medical attention.

As of Wednesday morning, charges against Bastida did not appear in Douglas County District Court records.

A 6-foot-1 linebacker out of Deerfield Beach High, in Florida, Bastida ended up taking a redshirt season with the Jayhawks in 2018. He appeared in only four games, playing sparingly and mostly on special teams.

Bastida was on KU’s football roster throughout the spring, but was not on the team at the time of his arrest.

Jim Marchiony, KU associate athletic director for public affairs, said Bastida has not been part of the KU football program since last month. Marchiony did not give a reason for Bastida leaving the team.

— The Journal-World's Benton Smith contributed to this report.


Chris DeWeese 3 years, 1 month ago

At the very least, glad the young lady wasn't seriously injured. You would think after these kids see what happens to their teammates, as well as pros, they would think twice before (allegedly) acting aggressively toward anyone. Was Bastida's name in the transfer portal?

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 1 month ago

No matter the program or coach, you just can't control stupid.

Joe Black 3 years, 1 month ago

KU must have already known there were some character flaws in this kid since he wasn't part of the team anymore

Dane Pratt 3 years, 1 month ago

He’s 6’1”, 230 lbs. so I guess he felt he wasn’t imposing enough to go it alone so he backs it up with a gun. What a coward. Sounds like a page out of the George Zimmerman playbook. And he’s from Florida, what a surprise.

Micky Baker 3 years, 1 month ago

Just FYI, George Zimmerman was acquitted because they never had evidence to support the charges against him in the first place. It was a political prosecution and nothing more in Florida. In this instance, why would anyone assume he's guilty because he's from Florida? Or for any other reason? Nowhere in the article did it state the PD found any guns in his apartment, and there it's going to be "he said, she said" in court. If he pointed a gun at her, he should admit it. If he didn't, he should flat out say he didn't and she needs to say she lied.

Joe Joseph 3 years, 1 month ago

Plenty of charges and convictions, including domestic violence, that prove Zimmerman is a dirt bag, regardless of the Trayvon Martin situation. I think Dane's point stands. You raise a valid point about the lack-of-a-recovered gun.

Micky Baker 3 years, 1 month ago

It doesn't matter if you think Zimmerman is a dirtbag. The specific case spoken about and then trying to project the idea that being from Florida means you have character flaws. And Zimmerman was acquitted of the Trayvon Martin thing.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 1 month ago

The Trayvon Martin thing? Oh you mean the incident where a grown man pretended to be a cop and encountered a teen age boy that resulted in getting his ass kicked so he pulls a gun and kills him. Zimmerman has also pulled a gun on his wife and girl friend and allegedly once when he saw his own shadow. The guys a total piece of human debris but just like O.J. Simpson, he’s innocent so let’s not disparage his name or the state of Florida and their asinine laws. Give me an effing break Micky. I can concede that the incident involving Kenny might not be what it was reported but your defense of George Zimmerman is off the rails.

Micky Baker 3 years, 1 month ago

I can tell you strongly disagree with me. But here is the thing. I wouldn't ever promote the idea that you , a woman, a person of any race, of any religion, etc. should not have the same right to defend themselves. Under the circumstances of the Trayvon case, Zimmerman had good reason to be suspicious given what happened to the very last witness of the trial. The whole deal here is that everyone deserves due process of law and every individual reserves the right to defend themselves.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 1 month ago

Sorry for my tone of voice. Your respectful comments are not deserving of my scorn. Let's just say I strongly disagree with your assessment of George Zimmerman.

Joe Black 3 years, 1 month ago

"she reported being injured but refused medical attention" That's all you need to know. Total BS claim.

Dwayne Mudd 3 years, 1 month ago

Looks like a good kid with innocent eyes in the pic. Sucks someone can make false claims and put your name through the dirt if he is in fact not guilty of brandishing a gun. Don't look like the kind of kid to do that.

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