K.J. Lawson Apologizes for Remark Made About Tubby Smith on Snapchat

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2017

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 2: Tubby Smith, head coach of the Memphis Tigers talks with K.J. Lawson #0 of the Memphis Tigers against the Tulane Green Wave on March 2, 2017 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis defeated Tulane 92-70. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Kansas Jayhawks transfer K.J. Lawson apologized Thursday after he was seen on video making pointed remarks about Memphis Tigers head coach Tubby Smith

Lawson—who played for Memphis before transferring to Kansasposted the following on Twitter after a Snapchat video showed him addressing the camera and saying, "F--k Tubby": 

Citing a source close to the situation, ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf reported Lawson does not expect to lose his scholarship offer from the Jayhawks after the video was made public. 

K.J. and his brother Dedric Lawson recently committed to Kansas after they announced they intended to transfer. That decision, it turns out, was motivated by factors beyond Memphis' 19-13 record that included a 9-9 mark in American Athletic Conference play. 

According to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Eisenberg, "Dedric and K.J. signed with Memphis two years ago in part because ex-Tigers coach Josh Pastner agreed to hire their father as an assistant coach. When Smith replaced Pastner last spring, he marginalized Keelon Lawson by demoting him to director of player development."

K.J. and Dedric will now head to a Jayhawks team that will need them to step up with Frank Mason III, Josh Jackson, Carlton Bragg Jr. and Landen Lucas all on the way out. 

As a sophomore, K.J. averaged 12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 39.9 percent from the field. Dedric, meanwhile, registered a team-high 19.2 points, 9.9 boards and 2.1 blocks a night during his second season with the Tigers. 

By season's end, Dedric was one of two players in the nation—along with Eastern Washington's Jacob Wiley—who topped 19 points, nine rebounds and two swats a night during the 2016-17 campaign. 

For more news, rumors and related stories about K.J. Lawson, the Kansas Jayhawks and college basketball, check out the college basketball and Kansas streams on Bleacher Report's app.

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