Sunday, October 31, 2021

Kansas basketball forward Jalen Wilson arrested on suspicion of DUI early Sunday morning

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) pulls up for a three over West Virginia forward Derek Culver (1) during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) pulls up for a three over West Virginia forward Derek Culver (1) during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Updated 6:57 p.m. Oct. 31, 2021

Hours after the University of Kansas men’s basketball team participated in a closed-door scrimmage in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday morning, Kansas forward Jalen Wilson was arrested in Lawrence, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Jail records show the redshirt sophomore was booked into the Douglas County Jail at 2:16 a.m Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, for driving under the influence in the 400 block of W 23rd St. He was released a little less than two hours later, at 4:02 a.m. on $250 bond.

A Douglas County Sheriff's spokesman said Wilson was pulled over at 1:48 a.m. after a sheriff's deputy observed his vehicle not maintaining a proper lane in the 400 block of W. 23rd Street. Wilson was arrested after the deputy administered a field sobriety test at the scene.

No further details of the arrest were immediately available on Sunday, but a KU official provided the Journal-World with the following statement from Kansas coach Bill Self regarding the situation.

“We are aware of the incident involving Jalen Wilson (Saturday) night,” Self’s statement read. “And we are disappointed in his decisions. We are looking into the situation as we speak and will determine potential consequences with him once we have the rest of the details.”

Wilson is in his third year with the KU program. After missing nearly all of his true freshman season because of injury, started 26 of the 29 games he appeared in last season.

The 20-year-old Wilson, who hails from Denton, Texas, will turn 21 on Thursday.


Daniel Kennamore 11 months ago

Does any other top program have as many run ins with the law on top of endless NCAA eligibility cases as KU has had under Self?

Waylon Cook 11 months ago

Are you paying attention to them in all in the same way you do KU? It is almost like the LJW drools when someone jaywalks(no pun but it was there).

Daniel Kennamore 11 months ago

Yup, and I even did some googling to double check my perceptions. The other top programs have issues from time to time but no where near the level that KU does.

Just off the top of my head I can think of two DUIs, a couple of wrecks with our player at fault, a stabbing, domestic assault, and firing a bb-gun on campus. That's a LOT of legal trouble for one program in less than two decades.

And, again, that's not even starting on the NCAA stuff or Naadir Tharpe's sex pics.

Jonathan Allison 11 months ago

I appreciate that you did some checking with the other top programs, but it's clear that all of us as so connected to this basketball program for so long that we can easily recall things like Mario Little being arrested for domestic problems among many other KU BB occurrences which result in more minor punishments such as one game suspensions etc for violations of team rules. Even some of the arrests and citations never make it out of Douglas County as far as news coverage but we know many of the details that we never would otherwise because of word that spreads on message boards and "insider" sources etc. I have a hard time imagining that Duke, Kentucky, UNC, et al don't have just as frequent and just as serious allegations we just aren't plugged in to those channels. If anything, all we would gather from the news would be a player was suspended for something... maybe there is the occasional police report or mug shot.

Also, if my memory serves me correctly, it was an airsoft gun. I know that both you and I can think of many more incidents than just the ones that you've mentioned, and let's not even start with football.

Mallory Briggans 11 months ago

Players are entering NIL contracts in college to endorse numerous products and services. Jalen its fitting for you to do a PSA on drinking and driving. MADD could use you . Fortunately you were just arrested and didnt harm yourself or someone else. Be careful you have your life and future ahead of you . I was that same dumb kid when i was your age,so i get it, but its not worth the risk . Stay safe ,be safe Jalen

Mallory Briggans 11 months ago

Ladies and gentleman .................the GAMEDAY COUNTDOWN CLOCK is now here !

Ted Hume 11 months ago

yep. this could have happened to me any one of a thousand or more nights in college. Stupid and wrong yes, but just as with me, Jalen is just super lucky no one was hurt or killed. And now we learn to be better eventually. take his lumps and move forward

Kevin Woods 11 months ago

Give them a NIL deal with Uber for Christ’s sake!!!

Dirk Medema 11 months ago

Brady was the last DUI that I remember, though I seem to recall someone else being stopped within a week of turning 21. Is it a one week suspension? One month? Extra for being under age? Is 20 underage?

Robert Brock 11 months ago

Suspension the entire first semester.

Shannon Gustafson 11 months ago

Brady Morningstar was suspended the whole first semester. Mark Few (Gonzaga Coach) was suspended 1 game for his DUI. Where in that range will Wilson fall? I'm guessing 4-5 games.

Mallory Briggans 11 months ago

Time for all the " perfect people " who have never made a mistake to chime in. Was it smart ? No . We've all made mistakes ........well some of us. Its the perfect people that have the right to resort to name calling .......

Dale Rogers 11 months ago

Exactly. If this is a first offense, ream his butt, make him do the team's laundry for a month, and give him a second chance. Do it again and the consequences escalate severely.

Rodney Crain 11 months ago

Hilarious. Not what he did but the posters here. The depth of your ineptitude is stunning.

Self can handle this. JW gets to deal with the ticket and any punishment Self deals out. Hope his insurance does not go up too much.

Marc Frey 11 months ago

I'm not perfect. I'm also not out at 2am drinking.

Eliott Reeder 11 months ago

Settle down, folks. Lots of people have had DUI's. No need to crucify the kid. It's very stupid to drink and drive. It's a big mistake. Hopefully he learns that and never does it again. He will have to deal with all of the legal consequences that follow, and whatever punishment his coach, parents, etc dish out. No need to pile on here.

Bryce Landon 11 months ago

It's more than just a "big mistake"; it's against the law. He could have hurt or killed someone driving drunk, maybe even himself! Also, at 20 years old, he is not a kid anymore; he is an adult. It's time we stopped referring to college-age adults as "kids" and treated them like adults. If we expected maturity from them, maybe they would act more mature.

Bryce Landon 11 months ago

Come on, Jalen, really? SMH.

Thank goodness there was a policeman there to stop him before he hurt or killed someone, maybe himself! I know all the leftists in this country love to hate on cops, but this cop is a hero for possibly saving someone's life, maybe Jalen's.

Eliott Reeder 11 months ago

You have literally all the worst takes on just about everything. Go away, nobody likes you.

Lee Short 11 months ago

Elliot, you are definitely incorrect. Often when people speak in such a way as you have, they are really speaking of themselves and just projecting onto others.

What Bryce wrote is factually correct. Maybe you have been overseas the last couple of years.

Guessing that way more people would think what Bryce wrote is correct than not, especially among the KU faithful!

Go Jayhawks!

Matt Gauntt 11 months ago

I agree with Eliott. Bryce is a pariah. Claims to love KU B-Ball, but trashes the Football team every chance he gets. It's old.....He can go away.

Dale Kroening 11 months ago

Keep the politics out of sports , we have enough of that trash everywhere else . The officer did his job , and thankfully nobody got hurt . And before you even try it , I'm not a member of either crazy party , I'm an independent so gfy .

Micky Baker 11 months ago

Innocent until proven guilty. This does mean if he pleads guilty, that he actually is. He should not plead guilty. Make the police prove that he was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Failing to maintain a lane at 2am could be for other reasons such as fatigue. You have to be pretty drunk to not be able to maintain lanes and a field administered breathalyzer test would determine that quickly. A field sobriety test can be failed simply because you are nervous, cold, or tired.

Whatever the outcome, it is best to just not be out at 2am when you're playing for a high profile program like Kansas Basketball. The standards are higher than if you were just a student. People look up to these players. So if he is guilty, man up and admit it and then become a better person because of it.

Rodney Crain 11 months ago

I agree Micky, the only tricky thing is if there is video of the arrest from the officers. I wonder what his BAC was at the time of arrest. Being underage is not going to help either.

Nothing good ever happens after midnight.

RJ King 11 months ago

The BAC is .08 in Kansas, but drops to .02 for under 21. Because his erratic driving was spotted (rather than stopped for taillight, etc.) I'm guessing bac was well over minimum (unless he was also fussing with sound system, texting, etc). No mention of a breathalyzer, just the sobriety test.

Sounds like he'll have a fine >$1k, 30-day DL suspension, 6mo. ignition interlock (if he needs to drive), whatever Self imposes, plus the on-going shame. Big wake-up call for 20-yr-old first-time offender.

Rodney Crain 11 months ago

RJ in Kansas DUI laws, I did not see the .02 for underage drinking. It might be there, it just does not address it under a DUI arrest.

In addition to what you list there are a few other things. First Offense DUI also says - 48 hours in jail or 100 hrs community service, fines $500-1000 as well as all court costs, probation costs, and evaluation costs. Not sure if these are mandatory.

Dirk Medema 11 months ago

I only see one name calling post which seems offset by another admitting personal imperfection and twice as many people endorsing Teds admission of imperfection.

After a bit more reflection, I’m also recalling that Brady’s digression came mid season after another players earlier offense.

I believe the entire team has the rules of conduct laid out for them at the very beginning of the year so they all know what they have to do and what the consequences are for violations. I think this is one where the entire team starts with a collective first strike (greater opportunity, greater responsibility). We’ll learn about the suspension but Coach Self will handle most of the consequences in-house.

Joseph Bullock 11 months ago

Bryce Landon, you are an idiot! Making this Political is ignorant!

Barry Weiss 11 months ago

well, I'm sure this is not the way Coach wanted to arrive at a starting 5. Be strong Jalen and bounce back from this.

Rodney Schulz 11 months ago

He is an NCAA player; what does anyone expect?

Mallory Briggans 11 months ago

Being an athlete has nothing to do with it . Its in the news because its an athlete. If it was a biology student it would be a non-story.

Rodney Crain 11 months ago

Someone should make sure JW see's what happened with Henry Ruggs III LV Raiders early this morning.

Just a thought, what if Uber/Lyft offered a ride home and your car towed back to your home?

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