LAWRENCE — Kansas football standout Anthony “Pooka” Williams allegedly punched an 18-year-old KU student in the stomach and grabbed at her throat in a domestic battery incident earlier this month, the woman said in an interview with KU police.
Details of the Dec. 5 incident came to light Thursday afternoon in an two-page affidavit released to The Capital-Journal and other media outlets. The affidavit details the nature of the incident involving the now-suspended Jayhawk freshman running back, who through his attorney pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery during a Dec. 7 hearing at Douglas County District Court.
The affidavit outlines a Dec. 6 interview between a KU police officer and the alleged victim, where the officer observed bruises on the arms and side of the woman. The alleged victim also showed text messages to the officer where Williams “admitted to punching (the victim) in the arms.” In a subsequent interview with police, Williams acknowledged pushing the female student “when he saw her in a room with other guys” at Stouffer Place Apartments, a student living facility. Williams and the alleged victim had been intimately involved with one another since July.
Judge James T. George at the Dec. 7 hearing ordered Williams to not contact the alleged victim nor return to her residence. Released later that afternoon on a signature bond, the New Orleans native’s next court date is scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 9.
Williams is arguably the Jayhawks’ most dynamic player this decade. The former four-star recruit rushed for 1,125 yards and accounted for 10 total touchdowns in the recently completed season, earning nods as the Associated Press’ Big 12 newcomer of the year and a spot on the All-Big 12 first team as voted on by the league’s coaches.
“We are taking these allegations very seriously,” KU coach Les Miles said Dec. 7. “We have suspended Pooka from all team-related activities pending further investigation.”