Lawrence police investigating stabbing

Updated: May 20, 2005, 3:14 PM ET
Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas shooting guard J.R. Giddens was released from a hospital Friday morning, a day after being stabbed in the leg in a fight outside a bar.

Police were still reviewing the case, and a prosecutor said it could be next week before any charges are filed.

Giddens was stabbed in the right calf early Thursday morning during a fight in the parking lot of the Moon Bar, about one mile from campus. Five other people, including the man police believe stabbed Giddens, also were injured.

Chris Theisen, Kansas' sports information director, confirmed Giddens' release from Lawrence Memorial Hospital but said he did not know how badly the player had been hurt.

The school planned to issue a statement Friday afternoon, Theisen said.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said he did not anticipate receiving the police reports on the fight until next week.

"I know they're interviewing a large number of witnesses," Branson said. "That's usually the case when you have a large number of people in a crowded bar area."

The 6-foot-5 Giddens is coming off a disappointing sophomore year in which he averaged 10.1 points and shot just 33 percent from behind the 3-point line. In his first season, he averaged 11 points, shot 40 percent from outside the arc and was named to the All-Big 12 freshman team.

Kansas' legal drinking age is 21, but some bars in Lawrence allow anyone 18 and older to enter.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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