Florida State running back Karlos Williams is under investigation for domestic battery, according to the Tallahassee Police Dept.
Williams, a senior, is FSU’s leading rusher with 378 yards and seven touchdowns on 82 carries. Jimbo Fisher, a avid defender of embattled players, termed a report that Williams was suspended for a violation of team rules last week as “about as far from truth as there is.”
Williams has a child with another Florida State student, as noted in a puff piece by the FSU athletic department. SFSN.tv published an alleged Facebook post from said student’s account on Oct. 24 depicting injuries from domestic violence.
[UPDATE: Williams, who is under investigation for domestic battery after allegedly leaving bruises on his pregnant girlfriend, is also part of an investigation into an armed robbery of a 26-year-old Florida State student/former marine Freightlin Shooter Cox that occurred this past June. As ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy report:
Cox told Tallahassee police that he was robbed by three men while purchasing marijuana at his home near FSU’s Doak Campbell Stadium. But that purchase went awry, Cox told police, and he was robbed by two armed men. Lawrence has been charged with robbery with a firearm, a first-degree felony, and faces an upcoming criminal trial as an adult. The two armed men haven’t yet been arrested, according to sources close to the investigation.
Williams was listed as an “associate” of Lawrence on the initial TPD report, and TPD spokesman David Northway told ESPN.com that a police investigator attempted to interview him in late June. “At that time, Mr. Williams agreed to come in for an interview on Monday of the next week [June 30],” Northway said. “He did not show up for the interview. The investigator did try to reach him, and [Williams' girlfriend] told the investigator that they had hired an attorney and would not be giving a statement.”
Williams hasn’t been charged — or arrested — in either investigation. When asked last week about a report that Williams was facing a suspension (it’s unclear which case that question was referring to, or both), Florida State head Jimbo Fisher offered a categorical denial. “There’s another false report,” he said. “and that’s amazing how things happen. Whoever has sources, whoever has rumors, needs to check who they are talking to – because that is about as far from truth as there is.”
Fisher also called Williams a “tremendous” kid and ambassador.]