University of Kansas

Morningstar apologizes for arrest

LAWRENCE — Suspended Kansas junior guard Brady Morningstar issued a letter addressed to KU basketball fans Thursday as a public apology for his arrest last Saturday for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

KU coach Bill Self suspended Morningstar for the first semester of the 2009-10 season because of the arrest and also because he violated a set curfew.

"I know the consequences of my poor and embarrassing decisions and want to apologize," Morningstar wrote. "I sincerely regret the 'black eye' I have given to all of you who have supported me, the university and especially Kansas basketball.

"Over the years, my parents and coaches have repeatedly warned me about the consequences of drinking and driving. I am extremely thankful that I did not hurt anyone else that night."

Morningstar, the son of former Kansas player Roger Morningstar, was a pleasant surprise for KU last season, starting 34 of 35 games and averaging 7.4 points per game.

"I know how lucky and privileged I am to be living my dream," Morningstar wrote. "I want you to know that moving forward I will 'represent' this university and basketball program in a very positive way."