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Attorney: University of Kentucky investigated claim of armed student with UK basketball player at party

Posted by Abe Mashni | Feb 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

By: Fletcher Page

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky investigated whether an armed student accompanied UK basketball player Tai Wynyard to a party, an attorney representing the student told Courier Journal on Thursday. 

The alleged incident led the Kentucky Interfraternity Council to meet with fraternity and sorority presidents, and sorority members used a group messaging app to warn each other and identify the armed student. 

No criminal charges were filed, and through spokesman Jay Blanton, UK would not confirm the investigation, citing "federal privacy laws that protect student confidentiality ... we can't comment on a specific case." 

Attorney Abe Mashni, who is representing UK student Aaron Steele, said the university found no wrongdoing.

"My client is not a bodyguard, for Tai Wynyard or anyone else," Mashni told Courier Journal in an email. "He's a student and a kid. It's important to remember we are talking about eighteen and nineteen-year-old kids. This issue was investigated by the University of Kentucky and no violations of student conduct were found. No criminal charges were filed. This is a non-story. We ask that you respect his privacy while he continues to work toward a degree."

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Abe Mashni

Abe Mashni is a trial attorney practicing in Lexington, Kentucky.  His practice focuses on criminal defense, family law, and personal injury litigation.  After graduating the University of Kentucky, magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, Abe earned his Juris Doctorate f...

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