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Affidavit: Woman says ex-KU football player warned, ‘I’ll shoot your kneecaps out’

Former KU football player Maciah Long
Former KU football player Maciah Long

The girlfriend of former Kansas football player Maciah Long claims he threatened her by loading a handgun during an argument, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Douglas County District Court.

The three-page document, released to The Star on Wednesday, reveals further details regarding Long’s Aug. 20 arrest, which resulted in him being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, and two misdemeanors: criminal damage to property and marijuana possession. KU football coach David Beaty dismissed Long from the team on Aug. 21.

According to the affidavit, the woman, 20, told the reporting officer that the couple had an argument in Long’s apartment, which also was her primary residence. She told police that during the disagreement that Long told her, “I’ll shoot your kneecaps out” while he was in possession of a handgun. She told police that just before the threat, Long pulled the slide back on the gun to rack a bullet into the chamber.

The affidavit later details a search by police of Long’s car which happened, according to the document, after Long gave his consent. It states that inside a KU backback, police found a Taurus .380 serial handgun with one live round in the chamber and four in the magazine.

The document also states police “detected a moderate-to-strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.” Inside a zippered case, police found “multiple small buds of green leafy vegetation,” which later tested positive for marijuana, according to the affidavit.

In the report, police said that Long, 19, waived his Miranda rights and agreed to speak with officers. Long said his DNA could be on the handgun because he held it and also loaded bullets while “playing with it.” Long said once he was given the firearm, he took it to show his girlfriend. He said he was aware that both the handgun and marijuana were in his vehicle, according to the document.

Long, a 6-foot-2 sophomore from Houston who was a three-star Rivals recruit, played both tight end and linebacker for KU last season. He was released from jail on $5,000 bond.

Jesse Newell: 816-234-4759, @jessenewell

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