Battery charge dismissed for KU’s Carlton Bragg

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr., left, fights for the ball with Austin Peay guard Khalil Davis during the first half of a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Authorities have dismissed a battery charge against Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. and charged the woman who accused him of shoving her into a stairwell.

Bragg, a 20-year-old sophomore, was suspended indefinitely from the Kansas basketball team after he was arrested Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he’ll be reinstated.

The Douglas County district attorney’s office said Wednesday in a release that charge was dismissed after law enforcement reviewed surveillance video.

That video showed that before a man “forcefully” shoved a woman away from him and caused her to fall backward into an ascending staircase, the woman shoved, slapped and struck the man and put her hands around his neck.

The DA’s office says Saleeha Soofi faces one count of battery. It’s unclear whether she has a lawyer.

Kansas head coach Bill Self says Bragg is no longer suspended from the team, and that “I’m proud of the way Carlton has handled this situation, considering all the negative publicity he has received both locally and nationally.  He knew all the facts and knew that he needed to refrain from comment while the investigation took place. We’re glad this situation is resolved.”

Bragg himself said that “This has been a difficult and humiliating experience for me, and I’m glad it’s over. I appreciate the authorities taking the time to get this right. I also appreciate the support of my teammates and coaches, and I’m glad I can put this behind me and move forward.”