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.