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Here Are The Charges Against Elite Eight Player Arrested By U.S. Marshals

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CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: The Kansas State Wildcat smiles for a photo in the second half against the Creighton Bluejays during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Earlier today, news broke that Kansas State basketball player Amaad Wainright had been arrested by U.S. Marshals. We now know the charges against him

In January, authorities identified Wainright as an "involved other" in a road rage-related shooting. It does not sound like he was the gunman, but a passenger in his car fired shots into the back seat of another car.

Luckily, no one was injured in the incident. After the January 17 incident, Wainright sat out one game—a KSU win over TCU—a decision made by head coach Bruce Weber.

Wainright was not officially suspended by the team. He also had not been charged with any crime in relation to the incident.

That changed this week. In connection to the January event, Wainright now faces two felony charges.

The Wichita Eaglehas more on Amaad Wainright's arrest:

Kansas State junior guard Amaad Wainright was arrested Tuesday in Kansas City by U.S. Marshals and has been charged in Johnson County with two felonies: fleeing and eluding and obstruction.

Wainright was arrested by U.S. Marshals about 2 p.m. Tuesday in Kansas City, according to Craig Beam, chief deputy for the U.S. Marshals Service in Kansas. Wainright has been suspended indefinitely from the Wildcats basketball team.

“We are aware of Amaad’s situation, and due to the seriousness of the charges he has been indefinitely suspended from our men’s basketball team per athletic department policy," K-State athletic director Gene Taylor said in a statement. "We take matters such as these very seriously and will re-evaluate his status as we learn more information.”

Wainright will be in custody at the Johnson County Jail, after his arrest by the U.S. Marshals, according to the report. It is unclear what has changed from January to now, but clearly this is something that is being taken very seriously.

The TCU game was the only one that Wainright missed for the Wildcats this season. He played in every NCAA Tournament game for KSU, which made a run to the Elite Eight before falling to Loyola Chicago. On the year, he averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

We'll continue to update as more comes out about the Amaad Wainright situation.

[The Wichita Eagle]