Former Conner Star Suspended from UK Football Team Following Gun Incident
Statements from the University of Kentucky’s football coach, athetics director, and police chief were released Monday following investigation of an incident in the South Campus area of UK Sunday night.
Witnesses reported to police that they heard shots in the area, triggering a series of UK Alerts warning campus of possible danger.
The police investigation revealed an air pistol, also referred to as a BB gun, found in the area.
Following further investigation, the following statement was released by the UK Athletics Department:
Four University of Kentucky football student-athletes, freshmen Dorian Baker, Drew Barker, Tymere Dubose and Stanley Williams, have been suspended for Saturday’s game against South Carolina and will have additional internal team discipline for violation of team rules in relation to an incident on campus Sunday evening.
Williams, a running back, and Baker, a wide receiver, have played key roles for Kentucky in its first four games this season. The other two players have not seen action and are expected to red-shirt.
“Proper conduct is emphasized as a core value of our program,” head coach Mark Stoops said. “If we have a situation in which someone who does not act according to our standards, we hold him accountable.”
“We absolutely respect being part of a wonderful campus community,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK director of athletics. “It disappoints us when one of our student-athletes does not live up to our expectations. We respect the process of the University and are working hand-in-hand with the campus community on this issue.”
Meanwhile, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe released this statement:
“Today, University of Kentucky Police continued its investigation into Sunday’s incident on campus. We have been able to identify all of the people in a picture from last night’s incident captured on security cameras. Moreover, three BB guns connected with the incident were recovered as part of our investigation. UK Police officers also have interviewed those identified in the picture and worked closely with the Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Athletics on the appropriate next steps.
“To that end, we will be meeting tomorrow with the Fayette County Attorney’s office to determine what actions should take place. Once that investigation is completed, that information will be turned over to the Office of Student Affairs as dictated by university policy to investigate whether any violations of the code of student conduct have taken place.”
Drew Barker was a standout quarterback at Conner High School in Hebron and was considered the #1 recruit in Kentucky and the #6 quarterback nationally by Rivals.com. Some sports observers expect Barker to redshirt after not seeing any action yet this season.
From UK Media Relations