KU linebacker cited for misdemeanor battery

01/19/2013 1:35 PM

01/19/2013 1:36 PM

Ben Heeney, a sophomore linebacker at Kansas, was cited for misdemeanor battery in an early morning incident last Sunday in Lawrence.

The incident, according to the Lawrence Journal-World, involved a dispute with employees at Tonic, a bar at 728 Massachusetts St. Heeney is scheduled to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court on Feb. 8.

“We are fully aware of the situation involving Ben,” KU coach Charlie Weis said in a statement released Saturday morning. “We have discussed this with all of the parties involved and believe we know what truly happened. We are handling it internally with appropriate measures.”

Heeney, from Hutchinson, was selected second-team all-Big 12 by the league’s coaches during his sophomore year. He finished the season with a team-leading 112 tackles, the third most in the Big 12. He also had 12 tackles for loss and a sack.

Heeney was arrested in July 2011 and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to records from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He was later granted diversion in the DUI case. KU football players are set to return to campus Sunday in advance of the start of spring classes Tuesday. The first day of spring practice is March 5.

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