LAWRENCE — Kansas football standout Pooka Williams was arrested Thursday on suspicion of domestic battery and has been indefinitely suspended from all team-related activities.
Williams, the Jayhawks' 5-foot-10, 170-pound freshman running back out of New Orleans, was detained at the KU Public Safety Office and booked into jail at 3 p.m. Thursday with no initial bond set, according to Douglas County Jail records. The records classify the incident as relating to "Domestic battery; Knowing or reckless bodily harm to family/person in dating relationship."
A KU Public Safety Office news release sent Friday morning to The Topeka Capital-Journal didn't name Williams, per department policy, but the case number listed matched that on Williams' booking log. The release stated the alleged victim, an 18-year-old female KU student, reported a "physical altercation" in the early morning hours Thursday at Stouffer Place Apartments, located at 1835 Ousdahl Rd. The female also reported minor injuries but none that required medical attention, according to the release.
Williams was interviewed Thursday afternoon and subsequently arrested. The KU Public Safety Office said it will forward the report to the Douglas County District Attorney.
KU coach Les Miles said in a Friday statement that Williams will remain suspended pending further investigation.
"We are aware of a reported incident involving Pooka Williams," Miles said, "and we are taking these allegations very seriously."
Named the Big 12's offensive freshman of the year this season, Williams rushed for 1,125 yards and accounted for 10 total touchdowns for the Jayhawks.
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