Today we have two specimens from Lawrence that broke the law, got arrested and as of now, one got off scotch free.
First up is current kU guard Brady Morningstar who was arrested October 3rd on suspicion of driving under the influence. At the time of arrest, Morningstar nearly fell down and blew a .144 into the breathalyzer, nearly twice the legal limit.
His consequence: prosecutors agreed to drop the charges as long as Morningstar stayed out of trouble for the next 12 months. He was also given a $500 ticket for speeding and failing to stay in a single lane. Now that it justice at it’s finest! Just goes to show you that if you’re a division one basketball player on one of the best teams in the country, you get off scotch free. I’m not pointing the blame at Morningstar (although a DUI is an incredibly serious offense), but the prosecuting attorneys and athletic department in Lawrence. NO ONE EVER GETS THIS KIND OF PUNISHMENT FOR A DUI. Charles Barkley doesn’t even get off that easy.
Coach Bill Self took a harder line on Morningstar, suspending the guard for all first semester games.
Our second case involves former kU cornerback and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aqib Talib. Talib was arrested October 19th for assaulting a cab driver, Patrick Kane style.
Prosecutors have now charged Talib with misdemeanor battery and dropped a charge of resisting arrest for not exiting the cab when prompted by police because alcohol may have been involved.
Talib will still be on the flight to London for the Bucs game Sunday against the Patriots.
And that wraps up our Kansas Criminal Report for October 23d.