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Originally published September 18, 2019 at 11:46a.m., updated September 18, 2019 at 02:27p.m.

KU football player charged after arrest with teen girls in bar

Thomas P. Barrett, pictured Sept. 1, 2019

Thomas P. Barrett, pictured Sept. 1, 2019

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A University of Kansas football player was charged Tuesday following an incident at a popular student bar in Lawrence.

Thomas Patrick Barrett, now 21, was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Jayhawk Cafe, commonly known as the Hawk. Two 17-year-old girls were also inside the business and “in possession of what is believed to be alcohol,” Sgt. Amy Rhoads of the Lawrence Police Department said via email.

Barrett has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of contributing to a child’s misconduct. According to online court records, a lawyer entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf on Tuesday.

The girls were released to their guardians, Rhoads said.

Barrett’s arrest was also on suspicion of using or possessing false identification. His 21st birthday was the same week, according to Douglas County Jail records. That charge was not filed.

Barrett’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 2.

KU athletic department spokeswoman Katy Lonergan said, “This situation is being addressed through the legal process and we will continue to monitor it closely.”

Comments

Bill Kackley 3 years, 2 months ago

WHY DOES THE LJW THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO REPORT EVERY LITTLE NEGATIVE THING THEY CAN FIND ABOUT KU STUDENT ATHLETES. SHAME ON YOU.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 2 months ago

Was the article in the news section or sports section? If it was in the former I agree but if it was in the latter it's newsworthy.

Mike Hart 3 years, 2 months ago

I’m already unhappy with this article in the first place. I mean let’s get serious: this happens on college campuses every single day. What I really have a problem with, is that LJW is requesting his booking photo. It sounds like you’re disappointed that you don’t have his mug shot to include in your article! What the hell is wrong with you, MacKenzie??

Mike Auer 3 years, 2 months ago

You really need his booking photo? It sounds like a college student a few days away from his 21st birthday was drinking in a bar and bought a drink for a couple of females a few years younger. He made a mistake, but it doesn't sound like the crime of century. It sounds like you are just trying to invade a KU student's privacy.

Joe Black 3 years, 2 months ago

WOW! I hate underage drinking which is a huge problem in this country but good lord. This story has now been reported twice by LJW. It would be a complete non-story everywhere else in the world except to LJW.

Gerry Butler 3 years, 2 months ago

Mercy , come on now really? - -Seriously this is getting out of hand by the LJW. - Like Joe said this SAME story has now been headlined here TWICE by the LJW. - - Things that slow? When I 1st saw this I thought ANOTHER KU player had been arrested - -only to read and find out it is the SAME player from back in August. - Geez come on.

Sure seems like has been stated - - sure love to try and bring out negative against the University and Athlete's .

How about this - - Our ladies Soccer team , 7-1 on the year - - ranked 14th in the Nation , how about trying to do an Article on the positive that these ladies have created for the University ? - - How about writing and talking about what a really good Season they are having ? - -How about writing out what a HUGE contest they have coming up tomorrow Night against the 7th ranked BYU Team? - -How about that ? - -If you have to lower yourselves by just putting trash in here - -negativity all the time then don't write anything - -getting really old. -like was said -- did he make a mistake? - -He sure did , BUT is it worth re-publishing old news TWICE on the same person - - umm NO - -come on now let's be real. - -Things should have a little more positive atmosphere right now - - - KU football just coming of a BIG win , breaking our road losing streak against P-5 - -Our Ladies Soccer doing really well and BIG game coming up - - And yet - -here we are having to read the same story for the SECOND time - -things that make you shake your head and go - - -HMMMMM. - - ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Curtis Blankenship 3 years, 2 months ago

Where is the Hawks responsibility in this? So they let in underage girls and he gets charged for buying them drinks? He should sue the Hawk if they verified their age. "Returned to their Guardians?" How did they lose them in the Jayhawk Cafe?

Glen Miller 3 years, 2 months ago

LJW is starting to turn into ESPN. All drama and very little actual sports reporting.....

Randy Bombardier 3 years, 2 months ago

Look guys I think it's something our coaches can point to as an example, you don't want this to happen to you. It's life, be smart and you'll be okay. You want the athletic department to lean on the LJW to not cover these things? Then what happens when Barry Trammel covers it but LJW does not. Wanna look like Baylor? Besides, it's not the end of the world. It's a learning opportunity. Grow up.

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