LAWRENCE — Kansas junior guard Brady Morningstar was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated early Saturday, and was suspended from the basketball team for the first semester later in the day by KU coach Bill Self.
Kansas Turnpike spokeswoman Lisa Callahan said Morningstar was stopped on the Kansas Turnpike near the East Lawrence interchange.
He was arrested around 3:25 a.m. and booked into the Douglas County Jail.
Online jail records show he was released on $250 bond at 6:01 a.m.
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Morningstar, a Lawrence native, started last season for the Jayhawks.
"We are aware of the situation," Self said in a news release from the school. "We are also still fact-finding. Regardless of the details that concern the reason for him being stopped, he broke team rules that have been much more stringent since last week. Brady was in serious violation of curfew. Because of that and his extremely poor judgment last night, I have decided to suspend him for the first semester from all competition and travel. Brady will remain a member of our team and will participate in all other team functions. We will support him through this, but needless to say I am very disappointed in the sequence of events that took place last night."
The arrest is the latest embarrassment for the Jayhawks, who are expected to be ranked as high as No. 1 in the preseason poll. It comes as university police open an investigation into last month's brawl involving members of the school's football and men's basketball teams.