University of Kansas

KU’s Carlton Bragg charged with misdemeanor battery, pleads not guilty, won’t play Saturday

Carlton Bragg booking photo
Carlton Bragg booking photo Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Kansas sophomore basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. was charged with misdemeanor battery Friday after he was alleged to have struck his girlfriend and pushed her down stairs during an argument, according to the Douglas County District Attorney’s office.

Bragg, 20, was held without bond until his first court appearance Friday afternoon in Douglas County District Court. Bond was set at $500, Bragg pleaded not guilty and he was later released from jail. Bragg’s next court date is Dec. 27.

According to Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, Bragg is indefinitely suspended from playing in KU’s games. Kansas’ next game is at home against Nebraska on Saturday afternoon.

“Carlton and I have spoken,” Self said in a release. “He certainly understands the circumstances surrounding this issue. We are taking this charge very seriously; we’re going to hold him out from competition as we continue to gather facts.”

Said KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony: “We are aware of the situation and in the process of gathering information and once we have the facts we will act accordingly.”

According to prosecutors, Lawrence police responded to a 911 call about 1 a.m. Friday from the 1000 block of Emery Road. Bragg was arrested, originally on suspicion of domestic battery against a family member. But the charge was amended when it was filed Friday afternoon.

Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to the Douglas County District Attorney, said in a release that “Domestic battery cannot be charged under the circumstance because the relationship does not meet the statutory requirements.”

Kunard’s release said the Kansas domestic battery statute requires the relationship between the victim and accused must be “family or household,” which means spouses, former spouses, parents, children, persons who’ve resided together or in the past or have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married.

When asked by The Star about the severity of the victim’s injuries, Kunard said she could not comment. Bragg was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

The charge against Bragg is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a fine or up to six months of jail time.

“He wants to get this resolved,” said Bragg’s attorney, Hatem Chahine.

Bragg has played in nine games, starting five, for KU this season. He’s averaging 7.8 points per game, which ranks sixth on the team.

Jesse Newell: 816-234-4759, @jessenewell

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore