Men’s basketball player arrested for January incident

Junior guard Amaad Wainright cheers on his teammates during the men's basketball game against Baylor in Bramlage Coliseum on March 3, 2018. Wainright was arrested Tuesday and charged with obstruction and fleeing and eluding. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State junior guard Amaad Wainright was arrested Tuesday under two felony charges.

The Wichita Eagle and the Topeka Capital-Journal report that Wainright was arrested around 2 p.m. Tuesday by U.S. Marshals in Kansas City and booked at the Jackson County, Missouri, jail. He is now reportedly in custody in Johnson County, where he has been charged with the two felony charges of obstruction and fleeing and eluding.

The reason for Wainright’s arrest dates to an incident that took place on Jan. 17 in Overland Park, Kansas, in which a gunshot was fired from a car into another car. Wainright was listed as the driver of the car in the incident report.

At that time, no arrests were made, but police ruled three crimes of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property and criminal discharge of a firearm.

While Wainright missed the very next game against TCU on January 20, he would go on and contribute key minutes down the final stretch of the season for the Wildcats, especially in the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments.

On Feb. 5, K-State Athletics said in a statement, “Amaad fully cooperated with authorities and was not charged. To our knowledge, this matter is resolved.”

Tonight, at the end-of-season banquet for the men’s basketball team, K-State Athletics director Gene Taylor spoke to the media.

Taylor said he was under the impression that the situation was closed.

“There were no charges when we first heard about it, so that is why we thought it was closed,” Taylor said. “Now he has been arrested, and with our department policy, if you are arrested for a felony, you are indefinitely suspended.”

Taylor released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying Wainright was suspended from the team indefinitely.

When asked if he had heard from Wainright himself, Taylor said, “I have not, and I do not believe Coach [Bruce Weber] has either.”

“We knew that [police] were trying to get ahold of him … but other than that, that is all we know,” Taylor said.

All that is left now, Taylor said, is for the program to let the legal process play out.

“We do not know any more than what he has been charged with,” Taylor said. “That is why we suspended him, so he can take his time dealing with the legal process and not have to worry about anything else.”

I’m Jarrett Whitson, the sports editor this semester. I’m from Blue Rapids, KS, a town of just over 1,000 people about 40 miles north of Manhattan. I’m a junior in Public Relations, and a member of FarmHouse Fraternity. I love playing and talking about sports— especially college football