Prosecutors: Woman accused of battery against former KU basketball player now charged with DUI

The woman accused of battery against former University of Kansas basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. reportedly got a DUI, which appears likely to cost her the diversion she had received in the case.

Saleeha Soofi, 19, appeared Monday in Douglas County District Court after the state filed a motion to revoke her diversion and resume criminal proceedings in the Bragg case because she failed to obey all laws and abstain from alcohol and illegal drug use.

According to that motion, Soofi has been charged in Overland Park Municipal Court with DUI, possession of a controlled substance, refusing a preliminary breath test, driving without a valid license and failing to show proof of insurance.

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Saleeha Soofi

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In the Douglas County case, in which Soofi was charged with battery against Bragg, her attorney Robin Fowler told the court they had already worked on terms of a plea agreement with the state.

Judge James McCabria set Soofi’s next court appearance for Sept. 21.

Formerly a Lawrence resident and KU student, recent court documents list Soofi’s address as Overland Park. KU does not currently list a student by that name.

Under her diversion agreement, filed in late April, Soofi agreed to abstain from alcohol and “recreational drugs,” submit to monthly drug and alcohol testing, complete alcohol education and fulfill at least 30 hours of community service. If Soofi successfully completed the one-year diversion, the battery charge against her would have been dropped, according to the agreement.

The misdemeanor battery charge stemmed from an early-morning altercation at a party Dec. 9 at the Delta Upsilon fraternity house, 1025 Emery Road.

Initially Bragg was arrested and charged that afternoon with one count of battery; he also was benched for the next day’s basketball game.

However, Bragg’s charges were dismissed and he was released after surveillance video from the fraternity house showed Soofi repeatedly shoving and pushing her hand against his neck, the DA’s office said. Soofi instead was charged with one count of battery on Dec. 14.

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Robert Brock

Whacko bird...

4 weeks ago

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Bryce Landon

Some people just can't handle being responsible citizens.

4 weeks ago

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Kent Richardson

Amen. She's just 19 but not sure if anyone can get through to her.

4 weeks ago

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David Kelley-Wood

A really flawed piece of work. Not to be overly insensitive, but screw her.

4 weeks ago

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Dirk Medema

It's really hard to think of an appropriate response.

4 weeks ago

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Shannon Gustafson

Best thing I've heard all week...

4 weeks ago

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David Robinett

Heart-warming

4 weeks ago

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Eliott Reeder

I'm not sure why KUSports.com needs to bring attention to this. Seems like more of a message board post. Moving on...

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Andrew Whitehead

Clearly it is of interest to many KU fans, yourself included.

4 weeks ago

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Mike Greer

I really wasn't interested until I saw how many responses there were. The headline gave me all I needed to know, but I was interested in what people had to say.

This wasn't Bragg's only issue, but it wasn't helping, that's for sure. I just hate to see guys leave the program mid stream and not for the NBA.

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Shannon Gustafson

The "catch" here is it wasn't Bragg's issue at all. She lied to police to make it seem as if it was a Bragg issue but the truth is, she was the one who broke the law (or multiple laws) and fabricated a false story that brought negative attention to the program for no reason other than being a vengeful idiot.

So to see it come back and bite her now that she's screwed up again is a nice closure/update on this story.

3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Mike Greer

You're thinking more specifically and I'm thinking broader based. His issue was being "involved" with someone with a history of making poor choices, and that was his choice. What else evolved from that involvement is up for grabs, anyone's guess is as good or better than mine. Could that have lead to his other issue with the residue? But you're right, the more specific issue with the battery charge was not on Carlton.

3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Marius Rowlanski

Yeah but it's like looking at a car wreck. You don't want to rubberneck but it still happens. I've had more than enough of Soofi.

4 weeks ago

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Jesse Johnson

I feel like this woman is in very large part responsible for Bragg's demise, both on and off the court. He just seemed like he was never himself the entire season as if the off court issues were constantly weighing on him.

4 weeks ago

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Henry Joseph Hofmeister

They are likely both responsible for one another dropping out of KU and their off court issues. I'd bet it all weighed on her also. Typical volatile relationship.

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John Fitzgerald

She's a winner if there ever was one. MVP!

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Joseph Bullock

Obviously her main problem is drugs and alcohol, which are very hard ha it's to break. Although there is absolutely no excuse for her lying to try and ruin Carton, I'm going to Pray for this young lady. I don't do drugs, and rarely drink, but I'm surely not perfect, or Judgemental! Remember that verse about the 'Stone'!!!

3 weeks, 5 days ago

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