Kansas State has suspended basketball player Amaad Wainright following his Monday arrest by U.S. Marshals for his alleged connection with a January road-rage incident involving gunfire in Overland Park.
“We are aware of Amaad’s situation, and due to the seriousness of the charges he has been indefinitely suspended from our men’s basketball team per athletic department policy,” Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor said in a statement. “We take matters such as these very seriously and will re-evaluate his status as we learn more information.”
KCTV5 in Kansas City reported in February that Wainright’s car was involved in a rush hour road-rage incident on I-435 in Kansas.
“The passenger opened the door, held up a gun and shot one bullet at the back door,” the victim told KCTV5.
The bullet went through the door and lodged into the driver’s seat, but nobody was injured, according to the report. The police report showed that the passenger who fired the gun came from Wainright’s car.
In March, Kansas State responded to KCTV5 about the incident with a statement.
We are aware of the situation involving Amaad Wainright. Amaad fully cooperated with authorities and was not charged. To our knowledge, this matter is resolved.
That was apparently not the case as Wainright is now being held by law enforcement.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Wainright has been charged with separate counts of fleeing-and-eluding and obstruction, both felonies. He is considered an “involved other” according to the report where three other charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property (estimated at $1,500) and criminal discharge of a firearm have also been filed.
The Eagle unsuccessfully attempted to reach Wainright’s parents for comment.
Wainright, a junior, averaged 2.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game this season for Wildcats, who made it to the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight after upsetting Kentucky in the second round.
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