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Tuesday / June 27.
  • Report: Kansas’ Lagerald Vick, Josh Jackson Are Persons of Interest in Vandalism Case

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    Kansas basketball players Josh Jackson and Lagerald Vick are persons of interest in a Lawrence police investigation into the vandalism of a car in early December, according to the Kansas City Star.

    Jackson is the projected No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft per DraftExpress.com, while Kansas coach Bill Self has said Vick also has a future in the pros.

    Per the report:

    “Investigators have recently interviewed several people who witnessed the reported crime, which occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 9 outside a bar. A police report categorizes the $2,991 in damage to the car as a felony.

    “Police were called to a parking lot near the Yacht Club on Wisconsin Street just before 2 a.m., according to the report. Officers spoke with the victim, who is the same female student a KU investigation found Vick likely hit in the arm multiple times and kicked in the face in late 2015. A phone number for that student has been disconnected and an attorney for the family has not returned multiple phone calls for comment.”

    Jim Marchiony, Kansas’ associate athletic director for public affairs, told the paper: “We are aware of the incident. And we are aware of the investigation.”

    Self on Wednesday issued a prepared statement after The Star reported that Vick, a sophomore guard, may have struck a female student two years ago. The university’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access recommended Vick receive school probation after investigating the case, though he was never charged with a crime.

    Even as they continue to win on the court, distractions and controversy abound off the court at Kansas.

    News surfaced last week that police were investigating a reported rape at McCarthy Hall, where the basketball team and other students live. No suspects have been identified in connection with the alleged incident the night of Dec. 17, but five members of the team have been identified as witnesses.

    During the investigation, police discovered drug paraphernalia — two glass smoking devices with residue inside. Sophomore forward Carlton Bragg Jr. was suspended indefinitely last week, and on Monday he was formally charged with misdemeanor possession and ordered to appear in court March 3.

    (The AP contributed. Photo: Getty Images)
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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.