Former KU player Josh Jackson must apologize, attend anger management as part of diversion agreement

By Jesse Newell

A diversion agreement for former Kansas men’s basketball player Josh Jackson includes stipulations that he attend anger management classes, refrain from alcohol and recreational drugs during the diversion period of 12 months and a write an apology letter, according to Douglas County court records.

Jackson was originally charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal property damage after prosecutors alleged he kicked the driver’s door and rear taillight of a car driven by KU women’s basketball player McKenzie Calvert during the early morning hours of Dec. 9 outside the Yacht Club bar and restaurant. He pleaded not guilty to the charge on April 12, with his attorney, Hatem Chahine, saying then that he planned on filing for diversion. That document was signed by Jackson on April 26.

As part of the diversion, Jackson agreed to:

▪ “(E)nroll in and successfully complete an Anger Management counseling course” by Oct. 31

▪ “(A)bstain from the use of alcohol and recreational drugs during the diversion period”

▪ “(W)rite 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

▪ “(O)btain 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.

In addition, Jackson paid $158 in court costs, $150 in a diversion fee and $250 in restitution to Timothy Calvert, who is McKenzie’s father. If Jackson violates his 12-month diversion, he agrees to pay a restitution of $3,150.45 to Calvert.

Jackson also signed a “stipulation of facts” that says he was at a party Dec. 9 at the Yacht Club, where he saw teammate Lagerald Vick and Calvert get into an argument and saw Calvert throw a drink at Vick 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.”

Jackson says after the incident, he went back to his residence at McCarthy Hall, where he later talked to officer Scott Chamberlain and “indicated that I had hit Calvert’s vehicle.”

Attempts to reach Chahine for comment were unsuccessful.

A damage estimate of Calvert’s car for $2,991.81 was given to police in December, according to a Douglas County District Court affidavit released March 16. Lawrence police detective Lance Flachsbarth contacted the body shop Feb. 6 and was told the total repair cost was $3,150.45, which included $1,127.45 for the driver’s door and left tail lamp assembly.

The affidavit, which led to a misdemeanor charge of vandalism against Jackson, says Chamberlain saw a dent in the center of the driver’s door, the left rear tail light cover broken with pieces on the ground and the right front windshield cracked with several small impact marks.

Jackson was not charged with felony criminal damage in excess of $1,000, according to Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson, because the prosecutor’s office could not prove all the damage to the door and tail light was caused by Jackson “due to other unidentifiable individual(s) damaging the vehicle.”

If Jackson completes the diversion agreement, the state agrees that the case against him in Douglas County District Court will be dismissed with prejudice.



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