College Sports

Ownership resolved on Morris' car

A 1997 Chevy Tahoe driven by KU sophomore forward Markieff Morris during a Sept. 13 car accident was sold to teammate Tyshawn Taylor by Scot Pollard in August, Pollard said Wednesday.

Questions about the Tahoe's owner arose because the police report from the accident, in which Morris was cited for an improper lane change, stated the car was registered to Pollard, a former Jayhawks and NBA player who lives in Lawrence. Pollard said Taylor had not yet transferred the car to his name at the time of the accident.

Taylor had lent the car to Morris, according to KU associate athletics director for external relations Jim Marchiony. At 1:14 a.m. Sept. 13, police were called to 17th and Tennessee streets because Morris had hit a car while trying to change lanes to make a left turn. The car Morris hit, driven by a 23-year-old woman, sustained at least $1,000 in damages, according to the traffic report.

Nobody involved in the accident — Morris, the woman and three passengers (a 16-year-old girl and 22-year-old woman in Taylor's car and a 20-year-old man in the woman's car) —needed medical attention.

Pollard said the Tahoe was the first car he had bought after signing his first NBA contract. He said he heard through a friend that Taylor needed a vehicle.

"I blue-booked it, gave him a fair price," Pollard said. "He was complaining a little bit. I said, 'I'm not going to get you in trouble. We're going to do it fair and legal or you can come up with a cheaper car.' "

Pollard and Marchiony both said that the car sale was approved by KU's compliance office.

"This wasn't anything we tried to slide under the table," Pollard said. "There was nothing gray about this transaction at all."