Josh Jackson, a University of Kansas men’s basketball player, has been accused of threatening a women’s basketball team player while vandalizing her car in December of 2016.
An affidavit released Thursday by Douglas County District court describes a scene outside Yacht Club bar and restaurant in Lawrence Kansas, where members of both the Kansas men’s and women’s teams were attending a party on December 9.
Jackson, a 20-year-old shooting guard, has been charged with the misdemeanor offenses of criminal property damage and more than $3,000 in damage to a 2016 Ford Fusion driven by women’s player McKenzie Calvert.
Calvert told police that at one point Jackson yelled for her to get out of the car “and that he would beat her ass,” and she and two other witnesses said he banged on the driver’s window.
Members of both the KU men’s and women’s teams were at a party at the Yacht Club in the early morning hours of Dec. 9. Witness statements to police confirm and bring to light new details about what The Star has reported about what happened inside the bar and outside, where Jackson allegedly kicked Calvert’s car. Jackson was charged Feb. 24.
“As we already knew, some of our men’s and women’s student-athletes made some poor decisions that night,” Jim Marchiony, associate athletics director, said in an email. “The release of this information today does not change our understanding of the events of that evening. As we’ve said, we have already handled the internal Athletics discipline regarding this incident.”
According to the affidavit signed by Lawrence Police Detective Lance Flachsbarth, the altercation between Calvert and Jackson began at a party inside a bar at 540 Wisconsin Street, when Calvert threw a drink on Jackson’s teammate, Lagerald Vick.
Furthermore, according to the affidavit, Jackson said he walked to Calvert’s car to ask why she was there and why she hadn’t left. Jackson said he kicked the left rear quarter panel of Calvert’s car, just above the wheel well, one time.
Jackson, who is averaging 16.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game, is considered a top prospect in this year’s NBA draft.