What’s So Civil About KU Jayhawk War, Anyway?

You might recall that earlier today, we told you about a fight between the Kansas football and basketball teams, one that ended with star guard Tyshawn Taylor in the ER with a dislocated thumb. Okay, so fight fight fight, and now everything’s over, right? Christ, no.

Jayhawks Milling About Smartly
(It’s usually a good sign if your athletes are awaiting questioning, right?)

Surprisingly, the two teams aren’t willing to let it end like that, as KU Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo broke out in the middle of campus this morning, in plain view of the public. And while we don’t know what started the whole thing this time around, we do know the racial slurs probably didn’t help anything.

First, from the KANSAS CITY STAR, confirmation from Taylor about the injury, via FACEBOOK:

Taylor, who was treated at a hospital for his injury Tuesday night, posted on his Facebook page about 12:10 this morning that he threw a punch.

“I got a dislocated finger ..from throwing a punch ..so don’t let the news paper gas yall up aite,” Taylor wrote.

Minutes earlier, around midnight, he wrote: “real (racial slur)s do real things .. point plankn.”

Point plankn indeed. We don’t know what that means, mind you, but it’s going into our lexicon anyway.

But onto the violence today, via the UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSAN:

A group of football and basketball players were seen arguing and shouting racial slurs at each other at about 10 a.m. this morning outside Wescoe.

Among them were seen the Morris twins, Mario Little, Sherron Collins, Tyshawn Taylor, Brady Morningstar, Travis Releford, Tyrel Reed, Thomas Robinson, Elijah Johnson and many other players. The only football players identified in the group were Dezmon Briscoe and Chris Harris, who the police were questioning.

One of the Morris twins told the police, “One of them just jumped out and threw his hands on me,” referring to the football players who were involved in the fight.

Shannon Jobe, Topeka sophomore, said she heard a football player tell the police one of the basketball players had tried to push a football player down the stairs.

Goodness. There’s video of some questioning, though you’ll see more riveting video on TMZ’s TV show. “Look, someone semi-famous is walking toward someone!”

Either way, one of the players prominently mentioned as a principal character in this latest scuffle is Sherron Collins, who’s rumored to have, as the kids say, beef with the football team. You may remember Collins from being awesome at basketball and a likely first-round pick, although now he’s stuck with the stigma of “character issues.” Hellooo, falling draft stock!

We did enjoy the part later in the article that the coaches had convened a meeting with the players “for undisclosed reasons.” Really? Couldn’t figure out what was going on there? Maybe it was just to look at some carpet swatches for the locker room.

As you can imagine, the KU athletic department is not amused, and has already issued a boilerplate “we’re very disappointed” statement. Now that the coaches are getting actively involved in quelling the hate, maybe that’s going to be it.

Orrrr… maybe guns are next. Who knows? The state of Kansas hasn’t seen a good, old-fashioned turf war in a few decades, and some would say they’re overdue. Point plankn.