advertisement

Kansas player to perform community service for shooting

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 | 3:03 p.m. CST

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas freshman forward Markieff Morris has agreed to perform 20 hours of community service for shooting a 47-year-old Wisconsin woman with plastic BBs in August in a university dorm courtyard.

The 18-year-old Philadelphia native had been charged with battery for the Aug. 16 incident in which campus police said shots were fired from a room in the Jayhawker Towers.

The woman suffered minor injuries when she was hit in the arm with a BB. Officers seized a 3-foot-long black Airsoft rifle and medium-sized plastic bag of BBs. Campus police said Morris admitted that he shot the Airsoft gun from his apartment window.

Kansas coach Bill Self says the agreement means Morris won't have to appear in court Friday.

"He has accepted a diversion to an infraction, and this agreement includes 20 hours of community service,'' Self said Wednesday at a news conference. "We've talked about this a lot, and I've told Markieff and our guys that obviously they have to make better decisions and be much wiser in their judgment.''

Self said he and his staff should have done a better job educating players about campus and housing policies that forbid things such as the Airsoft guns.

Both he and Morris said the diversion agreement brings the matter to a close.

"I've learned a lesson from this, and I apologize for any embarrassment this caused KU and the basketball program,'' Morris said in a prepared statement. "I'm going to do my community service so I can conclude this matter and concentrate on academics and the rest of the basketball season.''

Morris and his twin brother, Marcus, are part of a recruiting class that was ranked No. 2 by Rivals.com. Marcus Morris ranked 29th nationally coming out of high school, and Markieff Morris was ranked 50th.

Kansas, last year's national champion, is off to a 7-1 start.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements