Kansas Athletes Brawl Over 'Turf War,' Later Apologize

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Kansas Basketball Players Want You to Know They're Sorry

Kansas hoopsters have made themselves look incredibly silly over the past few days, and it would take a brilliant apology to alleviate that perception. And you know what? This is actually pretty close:

“I’m embarrassed because of the situation,” he said. “It’s a situation that none of us should have gotten into. We embarrassed our campus, our university, both teams, and it’s just a situation that shouldn’t have happened. Looking back at it, it was just really stupid. I wish I could take it back.”

Self said he was stern and unyielding when he met with his team Wednesday night.

“We don’t act like this,” Self said. “To me, somebody asked me how did Tyshawn dislocate his thumb? My reply was: I don’t care. It doesn’t make any difference to me. The fact is that it happened. The reason it happened was because a really small group of individuals put selfish motives ahead of what was really important.”

Self and senior guard Sherron Collins came to Taylor’s defense.

“It’s not just Tyshawn,” Collins said. “It was a group of individuals from both sides that let egos and pride get involved in something that could have been resolved. We let something small become something big. We as a team, we accept this all together. Not everyone had something to do with it, but we are all together as a team.”

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Fights Are the 'Culmination of a Turf War'

According to the K.C. Star, the series of brawls Tuesday and Wednesdays were nothing new. The two sides have been fighting for years, but it was never done so publicly until this week:

The latest fights, which broke out Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, were the culmination of a turf war that has been simmering for years, sources close to both programs told The Kansas City Star on Wednesday.

The sources said that football and basketball players have been involved in numerous altercations with each other during the last five years. They just never went public — until now.

"It’s always been a feud between basketball and football players," said a recently graduated former KU football player who asked to remain anonymous. "It’s been an ongoing thing."

A recently departed former KU basketball player had the same experience.

"It’s about who’s more popular on campus with the girls and stuff like that," said the player, who also requested anonymity. "It’s escalated really bad now, but it’s always been there."

See how hard it is out here for a student-athlete? While the normal college student has to worry about frivolous stuff like paying for tuition and studying, the football/basketball players have to protect their rep. Can’t even imagine how difficult that must be.

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Kansas Basketballers and Footballers Brawl

Let's just get the timeline straight on the KU Brawl-O-Rama going on between members of the KU football team and the Jayhawk basketball squad. Ready ... go.

One: Members of the Kansas basketball team got into at least two fights beginning with a brawl that started sometime around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, according to KUSports.com. Tyshawn Taylor, a member of the KU basketball team, was involved and dislocated his thumb, an injury that will keep him out for 3-4 weeks. A crowd assembled outside a dorm at 10:30 p.m. in what is presumed to be a related incident, but was dispersed by campus cops. Fights. They happen. No big deal, right?

Two: Taylor confirms the injury on Facebook. This message is preceded by defiant messages to someone in unpunctuated quotes lifted from Li'l Wayne lyrics. For instance:

"keep my name out ya’ mouth for you get smacked in it," he wrote at 11:12 a.m. Tuesday, and 30 minutes later he posted, "never get outta character .. I’m always a G about it."

About 4 p.m., Taylor posted, "(racial slur)s be muggin me ..you know I’m mugging back."

Three: This isolated on-campus scuffle drags into the next day (Wednesday) when a member of the Jayhawk football team is allegedly pushed down stairs by members of the KU basketball team at around 9:48 a.m.

Skevington said she heard a football player yell, "What did you say?" at 9:48 a.m. and run up a set of stairs behind Budig Hall. Skevington said she saw one of the Morris twins throw the football player down the stairs. She said the football player fell backwards down six stairs before being caught by a fellow football player. She said immediately after, several pairs of football and basketball players began fighting.

Police had to provide escorts in order to get players in for questioning about the incident, which started--eyeroll--over a girl, and has resulted in not just this series of fights, but several ones preceding it.  There is allegedly video on the way, which I don't want to get excited about, because that would be immature, but fight! Come and look everyone, there's a fight over here! FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!!

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