Kansas has suspended freshman star Josh Jackson from its Big 12 tournament opener on Thursday for his part in a “traffic incident,” the program has announced.
Jackson was charged with one count of criminal property damage last month after allegedly damaging a women’s car during a night out in December. Jackson allegedly kicked in a door and a rear taillight. The crime was classified as a misdemeanor because Jackson was found liable for less than $1,000 worth of damage.
Jackson is projected as a top-five pick in June’s NBA draft. He’s been a key starter for a Jayhawks team that is likely to enter the NCAA tournament as the No. 1 overall seed. On the season, Jackson is averaging 16.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.
Jackson spent his first six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, establishing himself as one of the most explosive playmakers in the league. However, he had an ugly falling-out with the organization when head coach Chip Kelly released him in 2014. Eager to get one over on his former team, Jackson signed with division rival Washington, and despite some injury problems, continued to produce at a high level.
Now Jackson is a free agent, and there’s speculation that he could reunite with the Eagles. However, recent reports have linked Jackson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who could use an upgrade at the No. 2 receiver spot next to Mike Evans. Meanwhile, the Eagles badly need a talent infusion at WR to help out second-year quarterback Carson Wentz, so Jackson going back to his old team makes a lot of sense on several levels.
Although he’s 30 years old and struggled with injuries in recent years (he hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2013), Jackson is still a quality receiver who has a lot to offer teams as a field-stretching deep threat.