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Jalen Wilson Suspended for Next Four Games by Kansas

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Kansas forward Jalen Wilson is suspended for the first four games of the season for the Kansas Jayhawks, head coach Bill Self announced on Tuesday.

Wilson is suspended for the Jayhawks’ exhibition game on Wednesday night, and their first three regular-season games, which includes their season opener against Michigan State.

Wilson was arrested early Sunday morning in Lawrence for suspicion of DUI, an arrest first reported by Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star.


Wilson released a statement via Twitter on Tuesday.

‘To my family, friends, coaches, teammates and Jayhawk nation — first and foremost, I want to apologize to all of you for my mistake this past weekend. I accept full responsibility for my actions and am extremely remorseful in my lack of judgement.

I know it wouldn’t be fair for me to ask for forgiveness right now, so instead I plan to show you the true man I am and my true character through my actions and behavior moving forward.’

Self said that community service would also be included in Wilson’s suspension.

A Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled Wilson over early Sunday morning after the deputy saw a driver unable to maintain a proper lane. Deputies stopped the vehicle, performed sobriety tests on Wilson and arrested him at 2:16 a.m.

Wilson reportedly posted a $250 bond and has a future court date.

Wilson was one of the Big 12’s top freshmen last season, as the redshirt earned both All-Big 12 Newcomer and Freshman team honors. He led all Big 12 freshmen in rebounding with 7.9 per game, which also left him second in the Big 12 overall. He set a Kansas freshman record for consecutive double-doubles (four) and his six double-doubles in Big 12 play was the most in the conference. He averaged 11.8 points and two assists per game for Kansas, as he started all but three games.

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