LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. was charged with one count of battery Friday after he was accused of pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs.
The 20-year-old sophomore from Cleveland was taken into custody shortly after midnight, according to the district attorney’s office in Douglass County. Bragg allegedly struck the woman and pushed her during an argument.
Bragg pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor, which carries a fine and up to six months in jail if he is convicted. His next court date was scheduled for Dec. 27.
Kansas associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said the school is aware of the situation and “once we have the facts, we will act accordingly.” Marchiony did not say whether Bragg had been suspended. The third-ranked Jayhawks (8-1) play Nebraska on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, and Bragg will not play in that game.
“We’re still trying to gather as much information as we can,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said in a statement early Friday. “I will not comment further until we are able to get information, other than the fact that it’s obviously a charge that we take seriously.”
Bragg has appeared in all nine games with five starts this season, and is averaging 7.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 16 minutes. But the long, lean forward has slowly lost playing time as the Jayhawks have gone to a smaller, quicker lineup the last few weeks.
Still, the former five-star recruit and top-50 prospect coming out of Villa Angela St. Joseph is considered a first-round draft pick if he leaves school early. Many thought Bragg would declare for the draft after last season, even though he averaged just 3.8 points in 8.9 minutes per game.