Kansas guard J.R. Giddens is leaving the program, a month after the junior was stabbed during a bar fight.

Giddens, the Jayhawks' top returning scorer, is recovering from a knife wound he suffered in Lawrence, Kan., last month.

"We've talked numerous times about this, and basically last night, we came to the conclusion together that it was in his best interests and our best interests to part ways and go in different directions," Coach Bill Self said.

Self said Giddens will transfer, but has not decided on a new school.

Giddens and five others were injured in a fight outside the Moon Bar on May 19. An artery in Giddens's right calf was cut and the wound required 30 stitches.

Police have received conflicting accounts from those involved and witnesses about what led to the altercation.

"We have responsibility as players here to wear the uniform with pride and understand the responsibility that goes along with wearing the uniform," Self said.

"This was a bad situation," he said. "We believe it was an isolated situation, but one that has certainly, and rightly so, has created a stir in our program."

The 6-foot-5 Giddens averaged just over 10 points last season and was criticized for his inconsistency and poor defense.

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J.R. Giddens, with Coach Bill Self, is recovering from a leg wound suffered during a bar fight.