Kansas’ Little arrested for battery
No. 3 Kansas suspended guard Mario Little indefinitely Thursday after he was arrested on charges of battery, criminal damage and criminal trespassing following a pre-dawn fight with his girlfriend and others.
Coach Bill Self announced the suspension of the 6-foot-6 guard, who apologized and said he felt ”awful” about the incident.
”Mario remains a member of our team while we work through this process,” Self said. ”But we have suspended him indefinitely from competition while we gather the facts of this incident. Mario exercised very poor judgment in his handling of a situation. We’re disappointed in his behavior; it’s unfortunate that our university, our program and his teammates all have to deal with this negative issue.”
Police were called to a Lawrence apartment complex at 2:45 a.m. They said the 22-year-old senior had gone to his girlfriend’s apartment and got into a fight with a 19-year-old man who was there.
Little’s girlfriend fled during the altercation and went to a friend’s apartment at the complex, where she was followed by Little, police said. He is accused of pushing a woman there, then battering his girlfriend after finding her in an upstairs bedroom.
Police said Little also shoved a man who attempted to separate him and his girlfriend before several people subdued Little until officers arrived.
He was arrested on four counts of battery, two counts of criminal damage to property and one count of criminal trespassing. He posted $700 bond and was released Thursday morning.
”I apologize for what happened last night,” Little said in a statement. ”I feel awful, and I understand that I will have to deal with the consequences of my actions. I accept responsibility for those actions, and I apologize to my teammates for being irresponsible.”
Little was averaging 6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Jayhawks (9-0).
Little, a Chicago native, was the 2007-08 Junior College Player of the Year and highly touted when he came to Kansas, but his Kansas career has been something of a letdown. After playing in 23 games in 2008-09, he redshirted last season because of a wealth of talent on the Jayhawks team.
The highlight of his career at Kansas came earlier this month when he made a free throw with less than a second left to beat UCLA by one point.