K-State student cited for misconduct in court-storming case
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas State student has been cited for disorderly conduct for body-checking a Kansas player during an on-court celebration following the Wildcats’ upset over the visiting eighth-ranked Jayhawks.
University police said in a statement Wednesday that they’ve identified Nathan Power as the Wildcats fan who collided with Kansas forward Jamari Traylor after Kansas State’s 70-63 victory Monday night. The win prompted a wave of Kansas State fans to rush onto the Bramlage Coliseum court in celebration.
The university said a cooperative Power met voluntarily with Kansas State police Tuesday. Campus police had sought public help through Twitter in identifying a photograph of the student shown making contact with Traylor, who was not injured.
With Power’s identification, Kansas State police said the matter is closed.
The 19-year-old Power didn’t immediately respond to an Associated Press interview request Wednesday sent to his Kansas State student email account. A message left at his family’s suburban Kansas City home was not immediately returned.
A person identifying himself as Power, in a letter Tuesday to Kansas State’s student newspaper, apologized for running into Traylor, "breaking from the Wildcat way and stepping outside what is acceptable in the spirit of the game."
"Following the basketball game I simply let my emotions get the best of me in all of the chaos," the letter to the Collegian read. "In my excitement I was not careful of the people I was around. I am sorry that I made the KU basketball team — Jamari Traylor in particular — feel disrespected. By no means can I change what took place but in the future I will be aware of how emotions can impact good judgment."
In his own letter to the newspaper, Kansas State President Kirk Schulz urged Wildcats fans to be vigilant about how their conduct reflects on the university.
"Good reputations are hard won and easily lost," according to that letter, which the university on Wednesday confirmed to be authored by Schulz. "We believe the Wildcat Way is to create a family friendly atmosphere at all of our athletic events. Let’s put on the purple and represent our university with pride in all of our upcoming athletic events."
The Big 12 has said it was reviewing the postgame celebration, and "in accordance with conference policy, home team game management is responsible for the implementation of protocols to provide for the safety of all game participants, officials and fans."