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Tyshawn Taylor

Evidently, there’s not a lot to do in the town of Lawrence, Kansas. Why else would members of KU’s football team be allegedly fighting with members of its basketball team? According to the Lawrence Journal World, there was a little fracas on the University of Kansas’ campus yesterday involving members of the two teams, and that apparently including Tyshawn Taylor, who was the only player named in the report. The details, while sketchy, indicate Taylor and some other basketball players got into it with some football players in front of Burge Union, which is located on the KU campus. Taylor was named in the report because he was treated for a dislocated finger at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Apparently, Taylor hurt himself during the scuffle, something he essentially confirmed on his Facebook page. The KC Star documented that and other Facebook updates from Taylor, and they reveal the alleged incident wasn’t a spur of the moment situation.

“I got a dislocated finger ..from throwing a punch ..so don’t let the news paper gas yall up aite”

That was posted at 12:10am and that was followed by this:

real (racial slur)s do real things .. point plankn.

I’m guessing “point plankn” means “point blank?” Can anyone confirm or deny this? Anyway, before that series of updates, there were other posts discussing the upcoming incident:

keep my name out ya’ mouth for you get smacked in it

That was posted over 12 hours before the dislocated finger post, at about 11:12am. It was shortly followed by this update:

never get outta character .. I’m always a G about it

Good to know, Tyshawn.

(racial slur)s be muggin me ..you know I’m mugging back

That was the final update before the alleged fight occurred, and if you follow these chronologically, it looks like something had been brewing between the two factions for at least a day or two. As of now, KU’s administration hasn’t responded to the reports, but if Taylor’s Facebook page is any indication, KU basketball coach Bill Self has a nice present waiting for him when he returns from his current recruiting trip.

As I was driving in this morning, the local KC radio stations mentioned the fight might have been over a girlfriend — surprise, surprise — but there has been no confirmation, from Facebook or otherwise, whether that’s valid or not which is supported by a KUSports.com report. For those of you concerned, Taylor’s dislocated finger is expected to keep him out of action for three-to-four weeks. KU’s midnight madness celebration is on October 16, which means, provided he’s not in Self’s doghouse, Taylor should be available when basketball practice officially begins.