Georgia and former Westside High School football player Sanders Commings arrested

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Georgia’s Sanders Commings, a former Westside standout and Augusta native, was arrested Saturday morning by University of Georgia police on a charge of domestic violence/simple battery.

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Georgia's Sanders Commings (right) was arrested on a charge of domestic violence and simple battery on Saturday.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Georgia's Sanders Commings (right) was arrested on a charge of domestic violence and simple battery on Saturday.

Police responded after 1 a.m. following a confrontation between the starting senior cornerback and his girlfriend on a sidewalk at Jackson and Broad Streets in downtown Athens, Ga., according to school police chief Jimmy Williamson.

“Bystanders got involved and separated the parties and it became apparent that during the separation of them that he struck her in the face,” Williamson said. “They at some point and time were able to flag down one of our officers. They also had the young woman with them.”

Police obtained an arrest warrant and Commings, who had fled the scene, was arrested after 7 a.m. on the misdemeanor charge, Williamson said.

Commings, 21, was booked into the Clarke County Jail at 9:06 a.m. and remains there, according to an online booking report. He could be held overnight until the conditions of his bond are determined by a judge this morning.

Williamson said he would not detail any injuries sustained by the woman.

Georgia coach Mark Richt issued a statement through the school Saturday afternoon. “I’m aware of the situation and in the process of gathering necessary information,” Richt said. “However, any time a student-athlete is arrested, it is a matter of serious concern.”

SOUTH CAROLINA: Freshman safety Brison Williams has been suspended indefinitely from the team.

Coach Steve Spurrier said in a statement Saturday that Williams was disciplined for conduct detrimental to the team.

The defensive back from Warner Robins, Ga,, missed the first five games of the season with a broken arm. Williams played in the final eight contests and made 11 tackles.

WASHINGTON: New defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox will make $750,000 in his first year in charge of the Huskies defense, part of a three-year deal Wilcox has agreed to after leaving Tennessee to come to Seattle.

SENIOR BOWL: Merrill Lynch Wealth Management will serve as presenting sponsor of the Senior Bowl – and get access to talk money to future NFL players.

The deal announced Saturday includes exclusive financial seminars for the senior NFL prospects leading up to next Saturday’s game.

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avidreader 01/22/12 - 11:55 am
I'm surprised there are no

I'm surprised there are no comments about Commings's arrest. I guess the pro-Dog nation is desensitized to the team's consistent brushes with law enforcement. Just another silly boy in trouble? Just another high-strung athlete slapping his girlfriend around? Just another incident of betraying the team due to an unharnessed temper? And the list goes on.

Riverman1 01/22/12 - 12:01 pm
All you good HS football

All you good HS football players, come on up to Clemson. We don't lock up football players.

Jane18 01/22/12 - 12:28 pm
"Domestic violence and simple

"Domestic violence and simple battery". Where and how does a 21-year old learn this is how you treat someone, supposedly, that you care about. The young lady and other ladies need to mark this guy, this is a warning about his personal relationship life.

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 01/22/12 - 09:11 pm
avid, you forget that this

avid, you forget that this story was in YESTERDAY'S online edition, so we've already had a chance to make comments. I mean, what do you want? Go ahead and tell us what team it is that you are a fan of and how the Dawg fans think they are so superior to yours, blah-blah-blah. So, since nobody made a comment here, it's up to YOU to speak for everyone and write what what YOU think we'd say?

fatboyhog 01/22/12 - 09:52 pm
As long as he, and other

As long as he, and other athletes, continue to perform on the field, a blind eye will be turned. These jerks don't care because they will go on to be drafted and make millions. They get paid regardless of their criminal and/or thuggish behavior.

itsanotherday1 01/22/12 - 11:37 pm
SI did an expose' on the

SI did an expose' on the preseason top 25 in 2010, which UGA was not in. However, I doubt they would have made the top 10 for players with police records. That doesn't excuse what they DO have by any means, it just illustrates the state of affairs with college football players in general.

Pitt, Iowa, Arkansas, Boise State, and Penn State had 22,18,18,16, and 16 respectively as the top 5.

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