On Thursday afternoon, Williams was dismissed from the Miami Hurricanes Football program. The statement from Miami Athletics is a single line to that effect, so I will not be posting it here, as it would be redundant.
I believe this was the necessary and correct move. Williams is fully able to get whatever counseling he needs and endeavor to earn a 2nd chance to play college football. However that chance, if wanted, will happen elsewhere.
Rumors of a negative situation for a Miami player started circulating on social media yesterday.
Following the chatter, reports broke late on Wednesday night that Miami Hurricanes freshman S Avantae Williams had been arrested for a domestic violence situation.
SLATER SCOOP: Miami Hurricanes safety Avantae Williams has been arrested for aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. pic.twitter.com/4WSpDrhyn6— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) July 22, 2021
Slater reached out to Miami Athletics for comment, which can be seen below:
SLATER SCOOP: Miami spokesperson tells me: “We are aware that football student-athlete Avantae Williams has been arrested by the Miami-Dade Police Department. He was immediately suspended from all team activities.”— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) July 22, 2021
Manny Navarro of The Athletic also reported this arrest, and leveraged the booking information (public information) from Miami-Dade Police.
Miami second-year safety Avantae Williams was booked into county jail late Wednesday night and charged with three counts of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, according to Miami-Dade arrest records. UM is aware and has suspended Williams. https://t.co/b7DuFCsTC9— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) July 22, 2021
Navarro went on to later detail the information in the arrest record. The tweets are threaded below for you to read for yourselves:
MORE DETAILS: According to the arrest affidavit, the victim was Williams' ex-girlfriend who is 31 weeks pregnant. At approximately 2:39 p.m. on Wednesday, they were involved in a verbal dispute over Williams' alleged affair with another woman before the altercation escalated. https://t.co/qlcQCIat1V— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) July 22, 2021
According to the arrest affidavit, Williams told the victim to leave their shared residence and as she was packing her belongings, Williams "grabbed her by the hair, throwing her unto the bed." Williams then began yelling at the victim to "get the (expletive) out."— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) July 22, 2021
According the arrest affidavit, Williams then grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground outside their residence causing her to hit her head. The victim called 911 and was transported to a hospital. She sustained bruises to her arms and neck and broke two finger nails.— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) July 22, 2021
According to the arrest affidavit, Williams and his ex-girlfriend had been living together for four months and he was aware she was pregnant with his child.— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) July 22, 2021
Obviously, this is an ongoing situation. However, if what is noted in the arrest report is found out to be true, the only decision to be made would be to dismiss Williams from the team.
We will continue to follow this story and have updates as it develops.