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Reported victim of Josh Jackson’s vandalism gets benched

KU’s Josh Jackson has been charged with allegedly damaging Calvert’s car in December. While his playing time has remained the same, Calvert’s has nearly been cut in half according to a new investigation.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Kansas at Texas Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Lawrence, Kansas — On Friday, University of Kansas player Josh Jackson was charged with allegedly damaging the car of Jayhawks women’s basketball player McKenzie Calvert on Dec. 9.

While Jackson was charged with misdemeanor property damage, he will not miss any time on the court. Head coach Bill Self said Jackson was disciplined in-house, according to the Kansas City Star. Jackson is a starter on the Jayhawks team that clinched its 13th consecutive Big 12 title this past week.

The same however, cannot be said for the victim of the crime.

According to the Kansas City Star, Calvert was the leading scorer in five of the first eight games for the Jayhawks, and averaged 28.1 minutes per game. However, that began to change following the damage to her car.

Calvert did not play in the ninth game of the Jayhawks season, the game after she reported the vandalism to Lawrence police. In the 18 games since, Calvert has sat for three games. Her average minutes per game also dropped to about half of what it was before the vandalism, to just 15.6.

The Kansas City Star emailed Jim Marchiony, KU associate athletic director for public affairs, who responded by saying, "we don't talk about an individual player's playing time.”

According to the Kansas City Star, Calvert was likely the victim of domestic violence at the hands of Jackson’s teammate, Lagerald Vick. He was accused of punching her in the arm and kicking her in the face.

Both Vick and Jackson were considered persons of interest in the vandalism case. The night the vandalism occurred, Calvert reportedly threw a drink on Vick, according to the Kansas City Star.

Jackson then followed Calvert to her car and the two got into an argument that resulted in Jackson kicking the driver’s side door and a rear taillight.