Report: Police called to Kansas basketball dorm due to man ‘wanting to give free-throw advice’
At least one Kansas Jayhawks fan appears to have reached his boiling point with the team’s free-throw shooting woes this season.
According to a report by Sara Shepherd of the Lawrence Journal-World, University of Kansas police were called to the men’s basketball dorm on Wednesday due to a man who kept showing up to offer “free-throw advice.”
The call about the man “wanting to give free-throw advice” came in about 3:30 p.m., but when police got to McCarthy Hall, the man — who’s not a KU student — had already left, KU police Deputy Chief James Anguiano said. For that reason, at least as of about an hour after the call, police didn’t plan to file a trespassing or other criminal report, Anguiano said.
(Radio traffic indicated the man had been there multiple times that day before the police were called, and may have come back again just before 5 p.m. Note: Subject’s clothing description included a blue and red windbreaker.)
The No. 5-ranked Jayhawks, who rank first in the Big 12 with a record of 16-4 this season, are shooting just 69.7 percent from the charity stripe as a team (per ESPN). They were especially awful in a loss to No. 12-ranked Oklahoma on Tuesday, going 6-for-14 (42.9 percent) from the line. Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike specifically was strategically hacked by the Sooners and went just 1-for-7 (14.3 percent) on his free throw attempts for the game.
We know that Kansas fans do not handle upset losses particularly well, but getting so worked up over the team’s bad foul-shooting that the cops have to get involved is probably a first. Perhaps the memory of Wilt Chamberlain is still etched in their minds.