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Ex-Jayhawk Giddens charged with battery

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- New Mexico basketball player J.R. Giddens was charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct Tuesday, stemming from a fight outside a bar in May during which he
was stabbed in the leg.

Another man, Jeremiah Creswell, was charged with misdemeanor
battery.

Giddens, who needed 30 stitches for the knife wound to his right
calf, was playing for Kansas at the time of the fight. He has since
transferred to New Mexico. He had a disappointing sophomore season with the Jayhawks, averaging 10 points a game.

In a statement released by the New Mexico, Giddens said he had learned from the experience.

"Now, I want to move on with a new and exciting situation I have at the University of New Mexico," Giddens said.

New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay said he believes Giddens has been
"wrongly portrayed."

"In particular, I find it difficult to believe that J.R., the 'stabee,' would have to face the charges that were announced today in rather dramatic fashion," McKay said. "However, I wasn't at the incident so I don't know all of the facts. Yet, I trust J.R. and we fully support him."

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said he considers the case "an ongoing investigation." He said additional charges could be filed against either against Creswell or Giddens or others who were there.

Both men are scheduled to appear in court next month. The
battery charges carry a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and six
months in jail; the maximum penalty for disorderly conduct is a
$500 fine and 30 days in jail.

"We have put this situation behind us," Kansas coach Bill Self said in a statement. "The district attorney statement speaks for itself. We will have no further comment on this matter."