Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Monday that nothing has changed regarding Carlton Bragg’s indefinite suspension from appearing in games.
Bragg, 20, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of battery Friday after he was accused of striking and pushing a woman down stairs early that morning. The alleged victim, a 19-year-old KU student, referred to Bragg as her boyfriend in a 911 call. Bragg’s next court appearance is Dec. 27.
The alleged victim was arrested on suspicion of battery Friday afternoon and released from jail Saturday with no charges filed, but her case remains under review Monday, according to the Douglas County District Attorney’s office. She gave no comment to The Star upon her release Saturday.
Bragg has not spoken to reporters since his release from jail Friday. He sat on the bench during KU’s game against Nebraska on Saturday, wearing street clothes.
“It’s basically in the hands of the detectives and I guess the district attorney into getting — when I say us, I’m not talking about me personally or the athletic department — I’m talking about getting the information on what’s been discovered I guess through Carlton’s attorney,” Self said Monday on the Big 12 coaches teleconference.
“So I’m going to reserve any comment directly about what our next step will be because I do not know other than what has been reported publicly and that was the reason why he was held out (of Saturday’s game against Nebraska). As far as what the detectives have discovered through an investigation or whatever is taking place, I have no idea what that is, so it will remain status quo until we know.”
The Jayhawks will practice and take final exams this week. Self has said Bragg, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, will continue practicing with the team but not play in games until he learns more about his case.
KU’s next game is against Davidson at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
Mason player of week
Kansas guard Frank Mason, who averaged 24.0 points a game in wins over UMKC and Nebraska, was selected Big 12 player of the week Monday. Mason, a 5-11 senior, had 12 assists against no turnovers in the two games. Mason made 69.6 percent of his shots and 72.7 percent of his threes. He has now claimed the honor twice this season. Oklahoma State’s Brandon Averette was chosen newcomer of the week after scoring 17 points in a win at Tulsa.
The Star’s Jesse Newell contributed to this report