Former Tennessee Volunteers cornerback Michael Williams will go on trial today as he faces charges of aggravated rape along with former teammate and linebacker A.J. Johnson. The Associated Press reported the story.
Williams and Johnson face two counts apiece of aggravated rape, each man having been accused of “aiding and abetting” the other. Johnson’s legal team asked for and was granted a separate trial, set to begin on September 29.
Both men are accused of assaulting a woman at a Knoxville apartment back in November, with few details offered beyond that. Johnson and Williams were indicted in February and subsequently suspended from the team. Though still technically a student at the university, Williams no longer appears on the team’s roster. Johnson, on the other hand, has graduated.
Suffice it to say, the collective future of both men is looking bleak. Though the saying goes that one is innocent until proven guilty, being on trial for rape is a hard mark to erase from anyone’s life even if they are acquitted. Moreover, the sports world has taken a hard stance on violence against women in the past year and Williams and Johnson are unlikely to be an exception, regardless of circumstances.
Just the same, Campus Sports will keep an eye on the trials of both men and update this story as any and all new information becomes available.
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