South Aiken's Fuller is arrested

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South AIken running back Calvin Fuller was charged with simple assault and battery last week. He is not practicing with the team.

South Aiken senior running back Calvin Fuller was set to try for his third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season this fall.

Accomplishing that became more difficult after Fuller was arrested by the Aiken Department of Public Safety last Wednesday on a charge of criminal domestic violence.

Fuller, 18, was charged with two counts of simple assault and battery. A records clerk at the Aiken County Detention Center said he was discharged at 3:22 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Willie J. Harley Jr., Fuller's father, said his son was released after posting bond of "$4,000-something" that day.

Fuller didn't return a phone call seeking comment. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Fuller is regarded as one of the top players in the area.

Harley said no court date has been set. He described the situation as a complicated love triangle involving a jilted lover, supported by her twin sister, in a confrontation that also involved the mother of Fuller's child.

"It's like something out of a soap opera," Harley, said. "It's an 'I love you. Do you love me? Who do you want to be with. Me or her?' situation."

"They came all the way from North Augusta to Calvin's girlfriend house. His baby's mother's house. They came all the way from North Augusta Wednesday night. They came to find out how Calvin felt about one of the girls and when it wasn't the answer they were looking for they decided to do something else."

Fuller's status for this week's opener against Rock Hill is unclear.

South Aiken's administration said it did not feel any use of the term "suspension" was accurate in regard to his playing status.

"He is currently not practicing with the team," South Aiken athletic director Karen Carter said.

"That is pending an investigation regarding the violation of an Aiken County school district policy."

Fuller ran for 1,194 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore quarterback in 2005.

He was moved to running back last year and responded with 1,094 yards and 11 scores while averaging almost seven yards per carry.

South Aiken coach Robert Wrightenberry has already seen what his team looks like without his two-time all-region selection.

"I was made aware of this incident last Thursday morning," Wrightenberry said. "We have got to prepare like he is not going to be there for us. We scrimmaged without him Thursday night. We played Friday night without him in the (Aiken County) jamboree. The kids have all moved on since last Thursday and we are just going to keep rolling."

Staff writer Larry Taylor contributed to this article.

Reach Jeff Sentell at (706) 823-3425 or jeff.sentell@augustachronicle.com.

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