Wednesday, September 18, 2019

KU tennis player arrested, suspended from team

Sofia Smagina

Sofia Smagina


A tennis player at the University of Kansas has been arrested and suspended from the team.

Sofia Smagina, 22, was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to property at 9:21 p.m. Monday at KU’s Stouffer Place Apartments, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log. She was released on a $500 own-recognizance bond, the log indicates. No additional information on the alleged crime was available Wednesday.

Kansas Athletics spokesman Dan Beckler provided this statement to the Journal-World: “We are aware of an incident involving our student-athlete. She has been suspended from all team activities at this time.”

According to her roster page, Smagina is a sophomore from Penza, Russia. In 2019, Smagina earned All-Big 12 Freshman Team, All-Big 12 Singles Second Team and All-Big 12 Doubles First Team honors, the page says.


David Kelley-Wood 3 years, 2 months ago

What in the hell??? I sure hope this can be resolved favorably.

David Klamm 3 years, 2 months ago

So basically, the LJW has hired someone to monitor all Douglas County bookings to see if they can catch any student athlete at KU. What kind of statement do they actually expect from the KU athletics department when they haven't even had time to collect facts for themselves?

Bill Kackley 3 years, 2 months ago

Are any other students ever arrested, I don't see the Lawrence Journal Kansas University ENQUIRER reporting those.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 2 months ago

You expect the KU Sports site to report on general student population arrests? While it would be interesting, it’s not really in their lane.

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

So Pooka Williams, and members of the football and basketball team have had their incidents reported and no one ever asks "why are they reporting this?", but now the comments feature those sorts of reactions.

I can think of a couple of reasons why that might be the case.

Bill Kackley 3 years, 2 months ago

Well Joe Rose, I always question anything that is reported about any athlete that isn't importany enough to report about any other student.

Bill Kackley 3 years, 2 months ago

And Brett I dont expect them to report minor crap about non athletice students any more tha I think they should be reporting it about student athletes.

Michael Leiker 3 years, 2 months ago

Guys, “suspended from team.” All league athlete suspended from team, of course it’s newsworthy.

Marc Frey 3 years, 2 months ago

This is the LJW Sports Page that cover KU Athletics. Of course it's a story. Parking tickets..not so much. But arrests..yes.

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