Giddens' injuries not life-threatening

Updated: May 19, 2005, 6:25 PM ET
Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas guard J.R. Giddens suffered a wound to his right leg when he was slashed by a knife in a fight outside a bar early Thursday, but it wasn't immediately clear how badly he was hurt.

Giddens, who will be a junior next season, either drove himself or had a friend drive him to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, police Sgt. Dan Ward said. The officer described the wound as "not life-threatening."

"We are still in the fact gathering stage," coach Bill Self said. "Out of respect to everyone involved, at this time we have nothing to say and will have a release at the appropriate time."

A spokeswoman at Lawrence Memorial Hospital said she had no information on Giddens. Calls to the university's sports information office were not returned.

Police were called at 2:22 a.m. to a report of a fight involving several people on the parking lot of the Moon Bar. Police said Giddens was one of at least six people injured in the altercation.

Ward said a 24-year-old Olathe man suffered head injuries. Giddens and four other men were injured by a 4-inch folding knife wielded by the Olathe man. None of the injuries appeared to be serious, the officer said.

It may be several days before arrests are made as officers continue to interview and re-interview those at the scene.

"Some people were trying to break up the fight, we believe," Ward said. "We're trying to sort those details out."

Giddens had a disappointing sophomore season, averaging 10.1 points and shooting just 33 percent from behind the 3-point line. As a freshman, he averaged 11 points, shot 40 percent from 3-point range and was named to the All-Big 12 freshman team.


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