Memphis restaurant contradicts waitress, clears KU’s Dedric Lawson of wrongdoing

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson was accused of walking out on a nearly $100 tab at a restaurant in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, early Thursday, according to a police report obtained by Fox 13 in Memphis. But the restaurant, Bar Louie, subsequently released a statement that essentially cleared Lawson of any wrongdoing.

"Mr. Lawson is a great patron of our restaurant, and we appreciate his business," Bar Louie general manager Sean Taylor told the Kansas City Star. "We look forward to having him back as a valued guest."

The initial police report stated that Lawson was at Bar Louie in Overton Square around 1:30 a.m. Thursday eating and drinking and compiling a tab of $88.20. A waitress told police he then left without paying and drove off in a Nissan Maxima. She added she knows it was Lawson because she went to high school with him.

Lawson immediately denied the allegation.

He appeared on 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis on Thursday afternoon and said he only ordered two drinks -- one for his girlfriend, one for his cousin -- totaling $10.50, and that he gave the waitress $12. According to Lawson, the waitress wanted him to also pay for other drinks that other people ordered. But he refused because, he said, he did not order or drink the other drinks in question.

"I only ordered two drinks, and I paid for those drinks," Lawson said.

Lawson averaged 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds last season.

He's scheduled to sit out this season per normal NCAA transfer rules.

"I spoke with Dedric," Kansas coach Bill Self told the Kansas City Star. "He explained, and I'm totally comfortable with it."

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Gary Parrish is an award-winning college basketball columnist and television analyst for CBS Sports who also hosts the highest-rated afternoon drive radio show in Memphis, where he lives with his wife... Full Bio

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