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Warrant Ordered for Kansas Player

January 18, 2002

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas running back Reggie Duncan failed to show for a court hearing concerning a shoplifting charge, and an arrest warrant was issued for the player.

But Duncan may avoid arrest if he appears in court Tuesday, Municipal Court Supervising Prosecutor Jerry Little said. Little said there may have been a miscommunication between Duncan and his lawyer about the Thursday hearing.

The warrant was issued after Duncan didn’t show for a hearing to consider revoking his diversion agreement on a shoplifting charge. Duncan entered a diversion program last March requiring him to obey all laws for a year to have the charge dismissed.

Duncan, a sophomore, and former Kansas quarterback Mario Kinsey were charged in September with stealing a Kansas student’s purse. Both pleaded no contest to charges and were placed on probation.

It takes several days for bench arrest warrants to be prepared and then signed by the judge, Little said. That gives Duncan a chance to make Tuesday’s appearance, he said.

New Kansas football coach Mark Mangino dismissed Kinsey, a redshirt freshman, from next season’s squad in December. Duncan, Kansas’ top returning rusher last season, remained on the roster.

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