University of Kansas

Josh Jackson says he’s ‘learned from the mistake’ with help from anger management class

Former Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Jackson
Former Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Jackson

Former Kansas guard Josh Jackson, who had his second workout with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, told reporters in L.A. that he has been taking an anger management course as part of the diversion agreement he agreed to in April in Lawrence.

“There is truth to that. I have been taking an anger management course, I’m just about wrapping it up right now. It’s just something that I had to do, and I learned from the mistake that I made and I’m making it through it,” Jackson said in a transcript available at

“One of the biggest things I got out of it was just to control the things that I can control and not to worry about the things that I can’t. And it sounds so simple, but I went home (to Detroit) and thought about that a lot, and I went home, and it made a huge amount of sense to me, because there are a lot of things in this world that we can’t control but yet frustrates us but we just can’t worry about them too much.”

Jackson was originally charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal property damage after prosecutors alleged he kicked the driver’s door and rear taillight of a car driven by KU women’s basketball player McKenzie Calvert during the early morning hours of Dec. 9 outside the Yacht Club bar and restaurant. He pleaded not guilty to the charge on April 12, with his attorney saying then that he planned on filing for diversion. That document was signed by Jackson on April 26.

The L.A. Lakers have had Jackson in for two workouts thus far in advance of the June 22 draft, with Jackson saying he was happy to be called back.

“I was all for it. Of course I’m not going to tell them no,” Jackson said. “But it was just an honor to be here again.”

Boston picks first in the draft, followed by the Lakers and Philadelphia.

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