Former Kansas Jayhawks basketball player Arterio Morris has August rape case dropped

Prosecutors cited insufficient evidence a filed a motion to dismiss the case
Nov 7, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns guard Arterio Morris (2)
Nov 7, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns guard Arterio Morris (2) / Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas Jayhawks were down one player this past season after the program dismissed former Texas guard Arterio Morris from the team. He transferred to KU in the offseason and participated in the Puerto Rico trip but never played a game in Lawrence because he was arrested on suspicion of rape following an incident in August.

However, the case was dismissed in Douglas County Court yesterday. The DA filed a motion to dismiss the case, citing insufficient evidence as the reasoning. The accusation was made by an 18-year-old woman who was allegedly raped in McCarthy Hall, the dorm that KU basketball players live in.

Morris played one year in Austin prior to coming to Kansas, averaging 4.6 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.5 assists in 2022-23. He was a 5-star recruit out of high school but also had his fair share of issues with the Longhorns. He entered a plea agreement for a misdemeanor assault charge from his freshman year.

Today, Morris entered the NCAA transfer portal in search of a new school. That means he has likely been cleared to play next season. He released a statement on his Instagram page after the news was released.

"For about two years we have stayed silent waiting for justice to run its course, but also trusting that the truth would come to light; which is that I am not guilty of the horrible allegations made against me. It has been a path of trials, sorrow, and despair; but also one in which I was able to grow and become wiser to discern who I invite into my life. Today, I close a horrible chapter in my life and now I look into my future with hope and with more desire to be who I was destined to be. I am moving forward with God and my family by side."

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