KU guard Mario Little arrested, suspended indefinitely from basketball team
Booked for battery, criminal damage & trespassing
10:59 AM, Dec 16, 2010
5:38 AM, Dec 17, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kansas - University of Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self has
indefinitely suspended senior Mario Little after he was arrested
early Thursday following an altercation involving his girlfriend
and several other men.
According to Lawrence police, Little went to an apartment in the
1200 block of Ohio Street around 2:45 a.m. Thursday to see his
girlfriend, who was with another man.
Little and the other man, a 19-year-old Lawrence resident, got
into a “physical altercation at that time,” Lawrence
police said in a news release.
Little’s girlfriend left while the two men fought and went
into a neighboring apartment. Little followed, and on his way in
pushed a 22-year-old female resident, the news release said.
Police say Little found his girlfriend in an upstairs bedroom
“and battered and pushed her into a sink.” He is also
accused of shoving a 24-year-old man who tried to break up the
fight between him and his girlfriend into a desk.
Little was booked on four counts of battery, two counts of
criminal damage to property and one count of criminal trespass.
“Mario exercised very poor judgment in his handling of a
situation,” Self said. “We’re disappointed in his
In the statement, Little apologized for what happened. “I
feel awful,” the Chicago native said, “and I understand
that I will have to deal with the consequences of my actions. I
accept responsibility for those actions, and I apologize to my
teammates for being irresponsible.”
Self said it was unfortunate that the university, the program
and Little’s teammates all have to deal with “this
Little has played in all nine of KU’s games this season,
averaging 6.2 points and 16.6 minutes per game. He is the second
Big 12 player to be suspended in as many days. On Wednesday, Mizzou
head coach Mike Anderson
indefinitely suspended starting guard Michael
Dixon for an unspecified violation of team rules.