Arkansas forward Jacorey Williams was one of three Razorbacks basketball players arrested last week on charges of forgery, and could now find himself in even more hot water. According to Eric Bolin of the Arkansas News Bureau, Williams has been linked to two alleged assaults, one of which involved his girlfriend.
Allegedly, Williams and his girlfriend Essence Singleton got into an argument near local hotspot Lit Lounge on July 5 over money Williams owed Singleton.
Bolin went into further detail in his report, which also named Lit bouncer Bryan Jones as getting involved in trying to stop the altercation.
Jones, who told police he saw the event, said Singleton reached out a hand and put it on Williams’ chest “as if she was trying to get his attention,” the report stated. Jones said he saw Williams swing his arm at Singleton “as if in a gesture to get her away from him.”
When Williams’ arm struck Singleton, it knocked her to the ground, and Jones stepped in between the two and pushed Williams back. The officer took photos of scrapes to Singleton’s hands and knees.
Which leads us to the second assault, in which Williams allegedly showed up to Lit Lounge and punched Jones in the face, knocking him unconscious.
If both stories are true, the 6-foot-8, 218 pound Williams’ playing days in Fayetteville are almost definitely over.
The fact of the matter is that the sports world is no longer tolerating violence against women and if a player is discovered to have assaulted one, he is forever blackballed. Williams, who averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in a reserve role last season, should be no exception. He is already on indefinite suspension from the team due to the forgery charge, and chances are he could be headed towards a dismissal unless he manages to clear his name.
Campus Sports will update this story as more information becomes available.
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