Kansas guard Arterio Morris suspended the program just one day after settling an assault case in Texas
Kansas guard Arterio Morris has been suspended indefinitely, 247Sports confirmed Friday night. The ban follows an alleged rape that occurred in late August at the on-campus residence hall where Kansas men’s basketball players live, the Kansas City Star reports. Two other Kansas basketball players were listed as witnesses and a third was named in the report, according to the Star.
An arrest warrant has not been issued for Morris and the case remains an open investigation, the Star reports. Morris settled a previous misdemeanor assault charge in Texas with a plea deal Thursday.
The sophomore joined the Jayhawks roster this season as one of the Big 12’s top transfers after one season at Texas. Morris was arrested in June last year for alleged assault by his girlfriend. While that charge was pending, he played in all 38 games for Texas as a freshman, averaging 4.6 points in 11.7 minutes per game off the bench.
Ultimately, that case was resolved with a $362 fine on Thursday, negating the need for a scheduled trial in October, according to the AP. Morris was expected to play a key role this season for the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks. He averaged 13.5 points on 55% shooting in two games – including one start – during KU’s August exhibition trip to Puerto Rico.