"Our main concern is not only the condition of J.R. but also the other individuals who were injured during this incident," said Kansas Head Men's Basketball Coach Bill Self. "As individuals, we must accept responsibility for participation in an incident such as this, regardless of fault. This was a very unfortunate incident that could have been avoided with better judgment."
"The choices we make in the moment can stay with us for much longer than we would have ever wished," said KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins. "It's important for not just every student-athlete, but indeed, every student, to pause and think about the implications of their actions. We are all human beings, and by our very nature, we're going to make mistakes. The question we should ask today is how we use the lessons learned when we do make them."
Perkins continued, "Our job as members of the University of Kansas community is to have enough self-knowledge to know that occasionally, impulse kicks in. We have two choices: one, find ways to control our impulses, or two, be sure to keep ourselves out of circumstances that are otherwise not conducive to making good choices."
Self said it is premature to discuss potential discipline related to this incident. "Our thoughts are with the health of the individuals involved," he said. "In addition, we are still gathering information about what actually occurred.
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Story courtesy: KUAC