Kansas senior forward Silvio De Sousa opted out of the 2020-21 college basketball season to focus on "some personal issues" two weeks ago, and those issues reportedly are legal in nature.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Thursday that De Sousa has been charged with felony aggravated battery for his alleged involved in a incident that occurred early on Jan. 1.
Citing documents from Douglas County (Kan.) District Court, the newspaper said De Sousa "unlawfully, feloniously and recklessly (caused) great bodily harm or disfigurement to another person" during a confrontation.
He has been ordered to appear in court on Dec. 17.
Kansas coach Bill Self told the newspaper that De Sousa didn't anticipate the charges.
"Earlier this fall, Silvio told me that he had been contacted by local authorities regarding his alleged involvement in an incident on New Year's Eve," Self said. "He was not aware of the details from that incident until a couple weeks ago, which he then shared with me. These allegations were surprising to Silvio, as they were to us. Once we discussed the details, he decided it was in his best interest to opt out and focus on this matter. We mutually agreed that was the best course of action."
De Sousa's Jayhawks career was mired in controversy. He played on Kansas' Final Four team in 2017-18, averaging 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds, but then missed the entire 2018-19 season when he was one of the central figures in the FBI's investigation of corruption in college basketball.
The NCAA ruled De Sousa ineligible for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons "because his guardian received payment from a university booster and agent and agreed to receive additional funds from the same person." Kansas won an appeal regarding his eligibility in May 2019, allowing De Sousa to play last season.
With about five seconds left in a game on Jan. 21, De Sousa was dribbling to run out the clock when Kansas State's DaJuan Gordon stole the ball and headed for a layup. De Sousa caught up with him and blocked the shot, sending Gordon to the floor. De Sousa approached Gordon and stared down at him, prompting the fight that brought players from both teams off the bench.
During the melee, De Sousa threw punches and picked up a stool, though a Kansas assistant pulled the stool out of his hands.
The Big 12 suspended him for 12 games for his on-court actions.
De Sousa averaged 2.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 18 games during his junior season.
--Field Level Media