C.J. Giles Dismissed From Kansas Basketball Team

Nov. 7, 2006

LAWRENCE, Kan. — University of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has dismissed Junior C.J. Giles from the basketball team for a pattern of irresponsible behavior and disrespect for team rules.

Self, who last month had suspended Giles from practice, last week announced that Giles had resumed practicing with the team but had been suspended from game action for at least the first semester. Monday night, KU campus police issued Giles a ticket for misdemeanor battery related to an incident involving a former girlfriend who refused to leave his residence in Jayhawk Towers.

“We are not now making a judgment about guilt or innocence regarding this incident,” Self said. “But this is yet another example of C.J. putting himself in a situation in which negative things can happen.

“C.J. was well aware of the consequences of another lapse in judgment,” Self said. “We normally would let the judicial process play its course before dismissing someone, but C.J. has exhibited a pattern of irresponsible behavior and has left us no choice.

“We have standards that we hold all our student-athletes to,” Self continued, “and C.J. did not meet those standards. We wish him only the best wherever his future takes him. We will continue to support him academically while he is at Kansas.”