Kansas Jayhawks Josh Jackson Reaches Diversion Agreement for Vandalism Charge

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Former Kansas Jayhawks basketball player, Josh Jackson, signed a diversion agreement stemming back to his confrontation with Kansas women’s basketball player McKenzie Calvert, in 2016.  Under the April 26th agreement, Jackson must attend anger management classes, write a letter of apology and refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs for a year.

Jackson, who was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds last year, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of criminal property damages after he and Calvert got into an altercation outside of a bar in Lawrence, Kansas on Dec. 9th.

According to The Kansas City Star, Jackson kicked the driver door and rear tail light of a car Calvert was driving, causing nearly $3,000 in damages. However, Jackson was not charged with felony criminal damage in excess of $1,000 because the prosecutor’s office could not prove all the damage to the door and tail light were caused by Jackson “due to other unidentifiable individuals damaging the vehicle.”

Jackson also signed a “stipulation of facts” which said he and teammate Lagerald Vic were at a party on Dec. 9 at a local Lawrence bar when Calvert got into an argument with Vick and threw a drink at him before leaving. “I followed Calvert out, yelling at her and calling her names,” the document reads. “Calvert entered her 2016 Ford Focus, which is registered to Timothy Calvert, and locked the doors. I kicked her vehicle, breaking the left rear taillight and denting the driver’s door.”

If Jackson successfully completes the program, the case against him will be dismissed.

 Full details of Jackson Diversion include:

▪ “Enroll in and successfully complete an Anger Management counseling course” by Oct. 31

▪ “Abstaining from the use of alcohol and recreational drugs during the diversion period”

 ▪ “Write 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

▪ “Obtain 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.

Jackson was also ordered to pay $158 in court costs, a $150 diversion fee and $250 in restitution to Calvert’s father, Timothy Calvert. If he violates his diversion agreement he will have to pay additional restitution of $3,150 to Calvert.

Josh Jackson will likely be a top pick in next moths NBA draft. If he stays out of trouble, the future is bright for the young man.

In a separate case, yesterday Jackson plead guilty to a municipal traffic violation as two other traffic charges against him were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

According to The Kansas City Star, Lawrence Supervising City Prosecutor Elizabeth Hafoka said Jackson pleaded guilty to “duty upon striking unattended property” Tuesday before being sentenced to six months of probation with a $250 fine plus an additional $63 in court costs. If Jackson violates his probation he could possibly spend up to 30 days in jail.

To say the least, Josh Jackson did not have a good day yesterday. But the future is still very bright.

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