When the rumblings began a little over a month ago about the possibility of Brock Berglund never playing for the Jayhawks, one of the reasons that was cited was that Berglund was not on campus and not participating in team activities as he had to go back to Colorado for ‘personal reasons.’ Usually when a player leaves for those reasons, it means just what everyone was thinking it meant that things weren’t working out and they were trying to find a better option. However, that appears to be untrue in this case.
The curious thing was that discipline lover Turner Gill was asked about Berglund and said he was ‘OK’ with him not being on campus. This was suspicious as Gill would normally not tolerate this type of thing, especially when all indications were that Berglund would be able to compete right away for the starting spot this fall.
Well as it turns out, there were legitimate ‘personal reasons’ why Berglund was back in CO. According to this article Berglund is back in his home state to deal with assault charges that have been brought against him. The article cites a KCTV5 report saying Berglund has been charged with 3rd degree assault. This charge apparently arose as he was defending his girlfriend who was being harassed. A good news for Kansas is that according to Police reports, alcohol was not believed to be involved.
Here is Gill’s statement on the matter:
“We are aware of the situation involving Brock Berglund. We are going to let the legal process run its course. We will also handle it appropriately internally here at KU”
IF you ask me, I see no real issue here. If the story is true and Berglund’s girlfriend was truly being harassed and he defended her then there are 2 issues at play. The first issue being I see very little internal discipline needed as this is probably one of the more legitimate reasons to come to blows. You always want to avoid fights if you can, for this very reason, but if it comes to that point, defending your girlfriend is fine by me. The second issue is that usually in these scenarios very little comes of it. If the guy was truly harassing his girl and Berglund was protecting, there will most likely be very little legal punishment against him.
This is not a huge concern in my book from an off-the-field standpoint, but it does hurt Berglund’s chances to compete for the starting job. At least the mystery is solved now.