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Report: Kansas' Silvio De Sousa Enters Transfer Portal, Sat out 2020-21 Season

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIJune 9, 2021

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Former Kansas big Silvio De Sousa has entered the transfer portal, according to Scott Chasen of 247Sports. 

De Sousa opted out of the 2020-21 season amid "personal issues," Chasen reported in October. But weeks after his decision was made public, he was charged with aggravated battery stemming from an incident that occurred on New Year's Day in 2020. 

Per an affidavit, De Sousa struck a man outside of a restaurant. The victim lost vision in one eye despite having multiple surgeries to repair his injuries, reported Dylan Lysen of KUSports.com. 

"I have a lot of things weighing on my mind and need to address these by taking time for myself and stepping away from basketball," he wrote in a Twitter post last October. "I do not know what my next plan will be right now, but I will decide that when the time is right."

Lysen reported in April that De Sousa sought a diversion from the charge in order to avoid legal proceedings and instead complete rehabilitation or pay a fine, but negotiations in that process had "fallen through," his attorney said. 

Instead, De Sousa pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing May 4. He will stand trial Aug. 2, according to Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star

The victim, Grant Davis, said at the preliminary hearing that he intervened when De Sousa, who he did not know, was arguing with his girlfriend and her softball teammate. Davis said De Sousa "charged and struck him," which "felt like my eye was getting hit with bricks." 

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Witnesses said several other former and current Kansas basketball players were at the Lawrence restaurant on the night of the incident. 

De Sousa's career at Kansas was inconsistent. He was a member of the team's 2018 Final Four run but didn't play the next year. He was implicated in a scandal that season when it was discovered his guardian received payments related to his commitment to Kansas.

He was suspended 12 games during the 2019-20 season for his role in a fight between Kansas and Kansas State in January of that year. 

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