Found December 13, 2011 on Fox Sports Kansas City:
Kansas freshman guard Ben McLemore was arrested Tuesday for failing to appear in court. The 18-year-old St. Louis native failed to show on Dec. 6 in Douglas County District Court after receiving a ticket Nov. 4 for being a minor in possession of alcohol. A judge issued a bench warrant for McLemore's arrest after the missed appearance, and the player was detained on the University of Kansas campus a little after 11 a.m. McLemore posted a 500 bond about two hours later and was given a Dec. 27 court date. "Ben was arrested today for missing a December sixth court date, which is obviously not acceptable," Kansas coach Bill Self said in a statement. "Ben, not 21, was given a citation earlier for possession of alcohol at Abe and Jake's, a local Lawrence establishment. He exercised poor judgment. He also did not let anyone know that he had been cited and had a court appearance because, certainly, we would have made sure he was there. This will be a learning experience for him and probably a fairly costly one. Any other discipline will be handled in-house. He should begin practicing with our team when grades are turned in (following the fall semester)." McLemore, named a partial qualifier, cannot play this season because of the NCAA ruling on his status in October. However, he can begin practicing in January in preparation for next year. "Failure to appear and failure to comply are both common warrants," said Sgt. Steve Lewis of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. "People fail to show up in court or they fail to comply with the restrictions placed on them after a court case. If he posts bond, he is given a court date. He's supposed to show up at that court date, at which time if he doesn't, he'll lose the posting." McLemore was one of the nation's top shooting-guard prospects during a pre-college career that included stops at St. Louis' Wellston High School, Oak Hill (Va.) Academy and Christian Life (Texas) Center. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound athlete also considered Missouri before signing with Kansas in April. The Jayhawks, ranked 12th in both the Associated Press and ESPNUSA Today coaches polls, improved to 7-2 with a victory over Ohio State on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. They face Davidson on Monday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
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