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Originally published December 8, 2014 at 12:07p.m., updated December 9, 2014 at 12:37a.m.

Jamari Traylor suspended for Georgetown game

Kansas forward Jamari Traylor looks to sling a pass across the court as he is defended by UC Santa Barbara forward Alan Williams during the first half on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Jamari Traylor looks to sling a pass across the court as he is defended by UC Santa Barbara forward Alan Williams during the first half on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Self addresses Traylor's arrest, upcoming road game at Georgetown

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self opened his Monday afternoon press conference by addressing the weekend arrest of junior forward Jamari Traylor. Self will hold the backup post player out of Wednesday's game in Washington D.C. The coach also spoke about the matchup problems the Hoyas provide.

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Jamari Traylor’s weekend arrest has resulted in a one-game suspension, meaning the Kansas University junior forward won’t play in Wednesday’s 6 p.m. game against Georgetown in the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The 6-foot-8 Chicago native, who was charged with interfering with duties of an officer at the scene of a fight outside The Cave nightclub, will make the trip to support his teammates on the bench.

“Jamari and I have talked. I’m going to hold him out of the game. He’s going to travel with us. Hopefully it’ll be a situation where we can put it behind us, even though he’s still got some legal obligations ahead of him,” coach Bill Self said Monday.

“I know that hindsight being 20/20, he realizes he should have handled the situation differently. But he’s a good kid, made a bad, bad choice, certainly brought some negative attention on him and our program. But he will not play against Georgetown.”

Of this issue, Self added: “This is a particular instance in which, when you deal with youngsters, especially deal with numbers, obviously there’s going to be some times when you have to deal with situations. That’s the way it is in every family. Certainly this is one that could have easily been avoided because obviously he wasn’t a part of anything going on there. He was just there.

“Of course, you guys have read the report. He just didn’t handle it very well when he was asked to do something,” Self added.

One source close to the situation indicated Traylor failed to provide identification when asked and was generally uncooperative at least for a time after police arrived at the scene. The report the police issued on the disturbance did not identify Traylor by name, merely indicating “several individuals interfered with officers’ duties as they tried to question suspects and make arrests.”

“He understands. ’Mari gets it. ’Mari, certainly after the initial thing, realization of the ramifications, something made out of something so small, he realizes he was wrong,” Self said. “But we’ll deal with it just like we would with anybody. He feels bad about what happened, certainly understands why he won’t play. But (he’s) got to somehow take this and learn from it and be stronger for it, identify any reasons on why it occurred, eliminate that from your thought process moving forward, become a better man because of it. Certainly it’s a great learning lesson to our other guys, as well.”

Mason practices: Sophomore guard Frank Mason III, who suffered an ankle sprain in Friday’s victory over Florida, practiced “50 percent of the time” Monday, Self said on his “Hawk Talk” radio show.

“He should be a ‘go’ Wednesday, no question,” Self said of Mason playing against the Hoyas (5-2), who also have defeated Florida this season. “Frank is a different dude. Yesterday we were talking. I said, ‘Frank, you are not going to practice.’ He said, ‘I want to practice. My goal was never to miss a practice.’ That’s how he does think. He wants to be out there all the time.”

Off to D.C.: The Jayhawks will leave for Washington D.C. after a morning practice today. Several Jayhawks will have family members and friends at the game, including Mason, who hails from Petersburg, Virginia, and Devonté Graham, who is from Raleigh, North Carolina.

“My mom, grandma, uncles, cousins, friends, coaches will be there,” Graham said, noting it is about a 41⁄2-hour drive from his hometown. “I think I’ll be a little more excited about them being in the crowd. I know Frank has a lot of people coming, I think Wayne (Selden, Roxbury, Massachusetts), too.”

Quite a duo: New KU football coach David Beaty joined Self for a segment on Self’s “Hawk Talk” radio show.

“I’m sure his (first news conference at KU) was a lot better than mine. This is a guy who I get a call from late at night. He didn’t have to do that. He doesn’t realize how encouraging that was,” Beaty said of Self calling to congratulate Beaty on getting the job. “He was getting ready for the big game, which is always the next game on the schedule. Means a lot to me.”

Self cracked: “I had to call you. You texted me and woke me up. Why wouldn’t I call?”

Self said at his weekly news conference: “I can tell he (Beaty) is excited. I heard the press conference today went well. I’m sure it did. It’s nice to see guys with energy. I’m sure that will feed off on many others. I’m happy for him. Like I said before, I’m happy for Clint (Bowen, defensive coordinator, assistant head coach). Clint did a great job. Happy for him, that he’s going to be a part of us moving forward. He’s obviously a big part of Kansas football.”

Comments

Doug Cramer 5 years, 3 months ago

M I C K E L S O N....lets get him going.

Mike Tackett 5 years, 3 months ago

One game ? Why not make him go stand in the corner. This guy needs to get his mind right, one way or the other.

Allison Steen 5 years, 3 months ago

Because self is better equipped to make this decision than we are.

Ron Prichard 5 years, 3 months ago

Do you have any idea what happened that led to his arrest? Neither do I. That's why we're not making decisions on the kid's future.

Keith Gellar 5 years, 3 months ago

Sherron, Morri, Trob, Shady...all did much worse and they hardly did any time. Jamari will be back after the Gtown game following his one game suspension (for formality reasons ofcourse)

Dave Coen 5 years, 3 months ago

Matt, I am guessing Coach Self knows more about the situation than we do.

Mick Allen 5 years, 3 months ago

Nothing good happens after midnight,especially at the Oread. That place should be off limits, or at the least, off limits after midnight. Too many of our athletes are on the police blotter because of immature acts committed at the Oread in the "Cave".

Mike Riches 5 years, 3 months ago

Cliff will really need to watch his fouls in this game. With Traylor out, he has an opportunity to play extended minutes if he can stay on the floor. Being the first true road game of the season, it will be interesting to see how our young guys react. I hope we start fast and land the first punch (no pun intended).

Brad Farha 5 years, 3 months ago

Jamari played a solid game against Georgetown last year, and I suspect that a physical rematch against the Hoyas would have been a good place for him to revitalize his season.

Benz Junque 5 years, 3 months ago

He basically took the Florida game off so KU is used to playing without him now.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 3 months ago

Not at all surprised with the suspicion. Self holds his guys up to a much higher standard than the average person.

Mick, I'm not so sure anyplace should be off limits at any time. The players, upon advice, need to make good decisions on there own.

However, there was a reason Cinderella needed to be in by midnight

Bryce Landon 5 years, 3 months ago

A one-game suspension? That'll teach'em! sarcasm font

Robert Brock 5 years, 3 months ago

We are going to be watching a heavyweight bout: Cliff vs. Josh Smith.

Rodney Crain 5 years, 3 months ago

Not sure how much or if we will miss him the way he is playing. This is a slap on the wrist for a slap on the wrist offense.

I love the saying Mick, nothing good ever happens after midnight. It is true. Players have to have their head up and make good decisions though, I agree Suzi.

The key for me is that Traylor gets arrested about 30 minutes after the main issue. Bad decision following someone else's bad decision. Just not smart. I see someone being led away in handcuffs, I am asking to give me three steps as I head for the door. (Thanks L.S.)

Walter Bridges 5 years, 3 months ago

Maybe Hunter steps up and shows why he chose KU.

Rodney Crain 5 years, 3 months ago

I was really hoping Hunter was going to give us another big who could protect the rim and connect with Traylor like Black did. Hoping you are right!

Walter Bridges 5 years, 3 months ago

I think that was the plan but Lucas HAS made a lot of progress making it harder to get Hunter minutes.

A big Selden type breakthrough game against the Hoyas would help add a lot more depth in the frontcourt.

Jerry Walker 5 years, 3 months ago

Regardless of this incident...something has been amiss with Jamari this season.

Maybe this gets him back on the right track.

Erich Hartmann 5 years, 3 months ago

Sheesh. Maybe nothing is wrong with Jamari Traylor on the hardwood, other than his shot not dropping, kind of like another good KU player, Wayne Selden, whose shot wasnt dropping either (until the Florida game). Didnt Jamari ice one of the Orlando games with late FT's.

Not only life's lessons going on here for a 22yr old, but also special lessons for high-profile college athletes. Jamari Traylor will be fine. I'm absolutely pulling for him.

RCJH

Janet Olin 5 years, 3 months ago

Seems Mari was in the wrong place when his buddy from the football team got into a fight and Mari was arrested for 'interfering', which could be as small as arguing or as large as physically intervening. Either way is a brain freeze for him and a black eye for KUBB. I have no doubt Coach Self can and will make an impression on him to improve in a positive direction. Easy to imagine a player from a tough neighborhood mouthing off when his friend is getting arrested. Still not smart. Coach will handle it. Mari will get it.

Severeno Woods 5 years, 3 months ago

Ouch. This suspension is going to hurt the team. Hopefully he will learn his lesson from this situation, because this loss is going to hurt Kansas.

Allison Steen 5 years, 3 months ago

Pump the breaks, we haven't lost yet and we can win without Traylor

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 3 months ago

I know that nothing good happens after midnight, but wait until you are my age and you have a hard enough time making anything good happen before midnight!

Dale Rogers 5 years, 3 months ago

Looks to me like Bowen has been put into a place (assistant head coach as well as defensive coordinator) to be involved in many head coach activities that will further groom him to take over the helm when Beaty somewhere down the road gets another opportunity he cannot pass up. KU is a destination job for Bowen, it's a stepping stone for Beaty. I say that NOT to demean Beaty in any way. This is an outstanding opportunity for him but KU is not so ingrained in him as it is in Bowen. I'm hoping we're at the beginning of getting this thing turned around. Maybe next time Bowen inherits a program already in good shape.

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