Kansas basketball star Josh Jackson was involved in an ugly altercation in February this year. The timing couldn’t have been worse, with the NCAA tournament around the corner, and the NBA draft following shortly after that, many wondered how the incident would effect his basketball future.
Worse still, many feared what it said about Jackson as a person off the court.
After Jackson followed a woman out to her car and proceeded to kick her drivers side door and taillight, police were called. The estimated damage done to the female students car was $3,150.45.
The value of the damage makes the incident worthy of a felony charge, however Jackson was handed a misdemeanor.
According to court records obtained by the Kansas City Star, the following are the stipulations he must adhere to in order to consider the matter resolved:
▪ “(E)nroll in and successfully complete an Anger Management counseling course” by Oct. 31
▪ “(A)bstain from the use of alcohol and recreational drugs during the diversion period”
▪ “(W)rite and sign a letter of apology to the victim(s)” by June 30
▪ Complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service by Oct. 31
▪ “(O)btain a substance abuse evaluation” by June 30 and “complete all the treatment recommendations listed in the evaluation.” If no recommendations were made, Jackson was “required to complete Alcohol Information School” by Oct. 31.
Even with the off the court incident having taken place so recently, Jackson is still expected to be a top pick. Considered one of the best two-way players in the draft, he led the Jayhawks to the Elite Eight as a freshman last season. He stands to cash in big if he is able to see his way through the agreement he reached in court.