The vandalism case against Kansas basketball star Josh Jackson has a new twist, with new reports that his lawyer offered to pay off the family of KU women's basketball player McKenzie Calvert.
In late February, Jackson was charged with property damage after allegedly kicking Calvert's car outside of a Lawrence bar. He and fellow Jayhawk LeGerald Vick were both named persons of interest in the case, but only Jackson is being charged in the case.
Now, Calvert's father tells The Kansas City Starthat Jackson's attorney offered to pay the family restitution if it agreed not to publicize the story.
A lawyer for KU basketball star Josh Jackson offered restitution — where “money is no object, within reason” — to the family of women’s player McKenzie Calvert if they agreed not to seek charges against Jackson, according to Calvert’s father.
Tim Calvert said the offer came on Feb. 4, nearly two months after his daughter’s car was vandalized and two days after The Kansas City Star reported that Jackson and another University of Kansas men’s player were people of interest in the case.
Calvert said Lawrence attorney Hatem Chahine later put several stipulations on the restitution: that the family not pursue an investigation with the university; that they agree damages Jackson made to the car were of a misdemeanor amount; and, ultimately, that they agree they do not want the vandalism prosecuted.
The Calverts, who say that they repaired the car before the February 4 call came, declined the offer, looking for "accountability" from Jackson in the case.
“Our family never pushed for a felony charge,” Calvert said. “When I sat in the district attorney’s office, I told him, ‘I would not want a young man to have a felony for car vandalism.’ We never wanted that. We wanted accountability.”
Jackson was suspended for the Jayhawks' Big 12 Tournament opener for a separate matter—the KU star allegedly backed into a parked car and left the scene. KU suffered an 85-82 loss to TCU in the game.
We'll update as more comes out about this Jackson case. He is scheduled to be arraigned on April 12.