Weeks ago, Miami Hurricanes S Avantae Williams was dismissed from the program with pending charges of domestic battery.
Subsequently, those charges were dropped by the authorities.
In light of those charges being dropped, Miami Athletics released the following statement regarding Williams and his status with the University and Football Program earlier today:
“With the State of Florida dropping criminal charges against Avantae Williams, the University of Miami Department of Athletics has decided to reinstate him to the football program.
Despite charges being dropped, we take all allegations of domestic violence very seriously. Therefore, the student-athlete will need to reach specific benchmarks in the areas of education, mentorship, and personal development in order to return to competition and remain as a member of the football team.”
And so, with that, Williams has been reinstated to the University and Football team. There is no clear timeline for his return to competition with the team, but it stands to reason that the talented defender will not be in uniform for the Canes’ season opener against Alabama next Saturday afternoon.
Williams’s reinstatement is a positive step for the player. Now, hopefully, he’ll be able to meet the requirements set forth by the Athletic Department and be able to return to competition with the team and put this episode behind him.
Miami opens the 2021 football season against Alabama in Atlanta on September 4th, 2021.