Police investigating Florida State RB Karlos Williams for domestic violence


The Tallahassee police department has announced they are investigating Florida State running back Karlos Williams for domestic violence.  Williams is being investigated for allegedly assaulting his live in girlfriend, who is currently pregnant with the couple’s second child.  The school has addressed the situation, but has not taken any action to this point, only saying that Williams’ status is under review until they have more information.  Williams practiced in pads Monday despite the announcement that the Tallahassee police department received the case on Saturday.

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This is disturbing on a few levels.  In addition to the fact that this is another incident involving a Florida State player, which is something the school and football program would desperately like to avoid, it is yet another accusation against a Seminole player involving violence against women.  Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was accused of rape, which was later dismissed by this same police department with an investigation that has been taken to task and forced the school to announce its own investigation and now their tail back stands accused of domestic violence against a pregnant woman.

The school has taken a beating in terms of public relations over the unwavering support of Winston in spite of multiple issues off the field and this will only serve to worsen that situation.  Williams is innocent until proven guilty, but this situation will not help him as he goes ahead to the 2015 NFL Draft, since he is a senior this season.  And it also does not help an already embattled football program despite the fact they have not lost a game in two seasons.

Williams was also listed as an associate by Daravius Lawrence, who was arrested for armed robbery over a drug deal gone bad in June.  After initially agreeing to an interview, Williams hired a lawyer and has not talked to the police.  He has not been arrested in either case.  Tim Jansen, the same attorney that represented Winston during his sexual assault case, is now representing Williams.

Williams, a safety turned tail back, is a big, strong back that is currently second on the team in rushing yards this season.  The Seminoles are currently preparing to play Louisville on Thursday as they work to continue their undefeated season.