KU’s Jalen Wilson suspended for 4 games; apologizes following DUI arrest

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Kansas forward Jalen Wilson celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Ames, Iowa. Kansas won 64-50. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

LAWRENCE, Kan. — University of Kansas forward Jalen Wilson will not play in Wednesday’s exhibition game against Emporia State after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Sunday morning. Jayhawks head coach Bill Self also announced Wilson will be suspended for the first three games of the regular season. The redshirt sophomore will also be required to complete community service, Self said.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies arrested Wilson at West 23rd and Louisiana streets in Lawrence Sunday morning. Wilson is 20 years old, and his 21st birthday is this Thursday. No one was hurt in the incident.

WIlson’s punishment was announced hours after he turned to Twitter to publically apologize for the arrest.

“To my family, friends, coaches, teammates, and Jayhawk nation – first and foremost, I want to apologize to all of you for my mistake this past weekend. I accept full responsibility for my actions and am extremely remorseful in my lack of judgement,” Wilson’s message said.

He also said he plans to show his remorsefulness through future conduct.

“I know it wouldn’t be fair for me to ask for forgiveness right now, so instead I plan to show you the true man I am and my true character through my actions and behavior moving forward,” Wilson wrote.

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