Kansas' Jalen Wilson suspended 4 games following DUI arrest days before 21st birthday: report

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Kansas Jayhawks forward Jalen Wilson has been suspended four games after being arrested on a DUI charge early Sunday morning, just days before his 21st birthday, according to the team. 

Men’s basketball coach Bill Self said Tuesday that Wilson will miss Wednesday night’s exhibition game against Emporia State and the first three games of the season against Michigan State, Tarleton State and Stony Brook. 

AMES, IA – FEBRUARY 13: Jalen Wilson #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks drives the ball as Jaden Walker #21 of the Iowa State Cyclones puts pressure on in the first half of play at Hilton Coliseum on February 13, 2021 in Ames, Iowa. The Kansas Jayhawks won 64-50 over the Iowa State Cyclones.(Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
(David Purdy/Getty Images)

According to the report, Wilson was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. after a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy observed him “not maintaining a proper lane.” He was taken into custody after law enforcement performed field sobriety tests and released a few hours later on a $250 bond, according to jail records. 

“My main focus is to take responsibility and own up to what I’ve done, gain the trust back of the community, my coaches, my teammates, my family, everybody in Lawrence. I know I have let them down,” Wilson told reporters on Tuesday. “Now I will work my way back to build trust back and understand I’m fully accountable for what has happened.”

LUBBOCK, TEXAS – DECEMBER 17: Forward Jalen Wilson #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks handles the ball during the first half of the college basketball game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at United Supermarkets Arena on December 17, 2020 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

Wilson had an up-and-down freshman season for the Jayhawks, averaging 11.8 points and 7.9 rebounds but struggling down the stretch. He declared for the NBA draft but chose to return to Kansas for his redshirt sophomore season.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MARCH 22: Jalen Wilson #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks walks off the court after being defeated 85-51 by the USC Trojans in their second round game of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 22, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
(Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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