Murray State player drives car into 2 people
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
Here is some background on the video you’re about to watch: Murray State guard Zay Jackson averaged 4.9 points and 2.3 assists as a freshman last season. Then, in September, he was involved in an incident in a Walmart parking lot that led to a 30-day jail sentence.
Jackson pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment, and Murray State initially suspended Jackson indefinitely after he was arrested. The Murray Ledger & Times ran a statement from Murray State athletic director Allen Ward from Friday that confirms that Jackson “continues to be suspended” but remains a part of the Racers’ basketball program.
“I’ve been asked the question plenty of times what Zay’s status is with our program, and I just want to be very clear that Zay’s status hasn’t changed,” Ward said in a statement to the newspaper. “He has been suspended and he continues to be suspended, but I want people to understand that Zay’s still a very big part of this program, that he made a mistake, he’s taken responsibility for that mistake, he’s been accountable for it, and we’re going to do everything we can to help him through this and let him know that he has the support of the Murray State program, the campus, the community, the students that have all shown him a lot of support.
“He’s got some tough days ahead of him. It hasn’t been easy on him, these last couple of months, not being a part of the team activities, but we will continue to work through those times and we’ll be there for Zay, and he’s going to be a very big part of this program, and he will be part of the team this year.”
Jackson began serving his 30-day jail sentence on Friday. He is also required to complete an anger management course, perform 30 days of community service and submit a written apology to the two people he is accused of striking with his car, according to the Ledger & Times.
Here’s surveillance video of the incident in the Walmart parking lot:
(Thanks to The Dagger for finding this.)