A Murray State University basketball player was arrested yesterday after he allegedly struck two people with his vehicle intentionally. Murray Police Spokesman Scott Svebakken says Zaveral “Zay” Jackson faces two counts of first degree assault. Police arrested Jackson while responding to reports of an altercation in the Murray WalMart parking lot. MSU Athletic Director Allen Ward had no comment about Jackson’s arrest. Jackson is a sophomore at Murray and played in every game of last year’s 31-2 season.
Statement on Zay Jackson from Head Coach Steve Prohm:
“I was disappointed and surprised to learn of the incident on Sunday involving Zay. I will continue to work with the authorities to gather and evaluate the facts as quickly as I can to get a clearer picture of what actually happened. Until that time, Zay has been suspended from all team activities. There is a standard of conduct I expect from all my players, and from what I know at this point, that standard was compromised. I will support Zay in his efforts to make this right, but I anticipate this matter will take time to fully resolve."
Statement on Zay Jackson from Director of Athletics Allen Ward:
“The department takes matters such as this very seriously. I fully support the manner in which Coach Prohm has handled the incident and the action he has taken on Zay’s involvement with the team. We will continue to monitor the matter closely and make decisions accordingly as additional facts are presented. I deeply regret any embarrassment this has caused the university."