University of Kansas

KU police now investigating fight

One of three brawls involving Kansas basketball and football players has become the subject of a criminal investigation by KU police, and the second fight, now linked by police to the first one, has yielded an arrest.

Public Safety Office Maj. Chris Keary said a disorderly-conduct investigation has been opened on the incident that occurred outside Burge Union about 6:50 p.m. on Sept. 22.

The report will be sent to the city prosecutor to determine whether additional charges will be filed.

In the fight, the first of three involving the athletes over a 16-hour period, basketball player Tyshawn Taylor dislocated his thumb. A source told The Star last week that the altercation began because of an issue between Taylor and football cornerback Anthony Davis.

Surveillance video obtained by The Star showed dozens of people outside the union and in the neighboring parking lot, and many spilling into Burge when a police vehicle drove up.

"We have enough information to write up an incident report," Keary said.

Several basketball players are identified in the report, though not specifically as witnesses or victims: Sherron Collins, Mario Little, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, Thomas Robinson and Elijah Johnson, as well as director of basketball operations Brett Ballard. Also listed are football assistant coach George Matsakis and associate athletic director Sean Lester.

Keary said the second incident that night has been linked to the arrest of Guy Lipscomb, 19. He was charged with two counts of criminal threat for his role in a fight that occurred later in a parking lot outside Jayhawker Towers, where many KU athletes live.

Lipscomb, who isn't a Kansas student, allegedly threatened to shoot a woman.

"We believe there's a connection between what was going on (at Burge) and at the Towers," Keary said.

It was initially unclear whether the two incidents on Sept. 22 were related.

"We're still looking into that incident," Keary said.