Kansas coach Bill Self has suspended senior forward Mario Little indefinitely after his arrest early Thursday morning, according to a statement from Self.
Little, who in police reports is accused of pushing his girlfriend into a sink, was arrested and booked at the Douglas County Jail on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass, criminal damage to property and battery, according to a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office employee.
“Mario remains a member of our team while we work through this process,” Self said, “but we have suspended him indefinitely from competition while we gather the facts of this incident. Mario exercised very poor judgment in his handling of a situation. We’re disappointed in his behavior; it’s unfortunate that our university, our program and his teammates all have to deal with this negative issue.”
According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Matt Sarna, Little went a residence in the 1200 block of Ohio Street early Thursday morning to see his girlfriend, a 22-year-old Lawrence resident who is also a former KU basketball manager. Little got into an altercation with a 19-year-old male, a member of the KU baseball team. Little's girlfriend then ran to a friend’s apartment on the same block, where a gathering was taking place.
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Little followed his girlfriend and entered the apartment, where he allegedly pushed another 22-year-old woman in an attempt to find his girlfriend. After finding his girlfriend in an upstairs bedroom, Little allegedly battered her and pushed her into a sink.
Another man, a 24-year-old male Lawrence resident, tried to break up Little and his girlfriend and was shoved into a desk by Little. Several persons subdued Little until police arrived at about 2:45 a.m. and arrested him.
Sarna's report also said a 22-year-old male, also a member of the KU baseball team, interfered with officers while they were investigating.
Self said Thursday at his weekly news conference that he would not characterize the woman as Little's girlfriend. Self also said she was a basketball manager as of a few weeks ago.
The 19-year-old man suffered minor injuries to his head, and Little's girlfriend had injuries to her neck, but neither were treated at the scene. Little was booked at 5:14 a.m. on four counts of battery, two counts of criminal damage to property and one count of criminal trespass. He posted $700 bail and was released.
Little, a Chicago native, transferred to KU in 2008 after two seasons at Chipola (Fla.) Junior College. He is averaging 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game this season.
“I apologize for what happened last night,” Little said in the statement. “I feel awful, and I understand that I will have to deal with the consequences of my actions. I accept responsibility for those actions, and I apologize to my teammates for being irresponsible.”