Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson arrested on escape and resisting arrest charges

Phoenix Suns forward and former Kansas University star Josh Jackson was arrested in Miami over the weekend and now faces felony charges of escape and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

According to online court records, Jackson has an arraignment hearing scheduled for June 10.

Jackson, 22, was arrested at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami Gardens because he attempted to enter a VIP area without a proper pass, according to Andy Slater of 640 The Hurricane. He was reportedly handcuffed by police but then ran away from the officers.

Lt. Carl Manzelli claims he told Jackson ‘multiple’ times that he could not enter the VIP area, and asked the two-year NBA veteran to leave, the Arizona Republic reported.

Jackson left the area, only to return and attempt to enter the VIP area again. It was at this point that Manzelli attempted to ‘escort’ Jackson away from the area, but Jackson ‘pulled away’ from him.

Ultimately, the Arizona Republic reported, Manzelli handcuffed Jackson and escorted him away from the crowd. Manzelli told Jackson to sit on a golf cart, which he did, only to get up and walk away again.

Manzelli claims he told Jackson to sit back on the golf cart, but the 6foot8 forward turned and ran away.

Ultimately backup officers located Jackson and arrested him. He was taken to the corrections office at Hard Rock Stadium, where he was processed and released after posting a $1,000 bond.

Jackson has a hearing on June 10.

A team spokesperson said the Suns are ‘aware of the report and in the process of gathering more information.’

The fourth-overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, Jackson has had an up-and-down NBA career. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds a game in 2018-19, but has started only 64 of 156 games for one of the league’s worst teams over the last two years.

In February, Jackson was criticized for missing an autograph event for Suns fans, and although he claimed he had ‘family issues,’ the team still reportedly fined him.

Jackson also had a confrontation with former Kansas women’s player McKenzie Calver in 2016 and was later forced to enter a diversion program after allegedly damaging her car. 


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