Nwankwo, 18, was arrested last week after allegedly choking his girlfriend and is charged with assault of a family member and impeding breathing, court documents show.
The incident occurred at the Cullen Oaks Apartments complex on Jan. 28, according to the document. Nwankwo and his girlfriend allegedly got into a verbal argument because the she asked for help with her hair.
The altercation grew heated after Nwankwo yelled at his girlfriend and she began packing her belongings.
Nwankwo then allegedly grabbed the complainant by the neck and slammed her into a wall, according to the document. Nwankwo continued to hold her by the throat and squeeze her, which caused her to gasp for air and be in physical pain.
Afterward, once the two exited the bathroom, Nwankwo allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the neck and pushed her face into a mattress in his bedroom.
Nwankwo was taken into custody over the weekend and was released after posting $5,000 bond on Sunday.
Nwankwo must remain 200 feet away from his girlfriend and not communicate after a protective order was issued.
An order to interview and collect information on Nwankwo to determine whether he has a mental illness or a mental disability was also issued on Saturday.
“We are aware of the serious allegations regarding Chidozie Nwankwo,” a UH statement said. “He has been suspended from the Houston football program, pending further information.”
Jaylin Williams, a junior cornerback from Memphis, Tenn., and one of the key pieces in Indiana’s defense, was arrested early Saturday on alcohol-related charges.
Indiana cornerback Jaylin Williams was arrested on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated and OWI endangerment early Saturday morning.
According to the police report, the arrest took place at 17th Street and Dunn Street in Bloomington at 1:33 a.m. ET. He had a blood alcohol content greater than .08 and less than .15. Williams is 20 years old.
Indiana athletics provided a statement to Sports Illustrated Indiana: “Indiana University Athletics and the IU football program are aware of the arrest of Jaylin Williams. IU Athletics will continue to gather facts, cooperate with and monitor the legal process, and take further action as the evolving situation warrants.”
Williams, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., is an important piece to Indiana’s secondary. In 2020, he finished the season 30 tackles, four interceptions, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.
He began the season with interceptions in three straight games. Williams was named to the second-team All-Big Ten team by both the coaches and the media. Along with fellow cornerbacks Tiawan Mullen and Reece Taylor, the Hoosiers had one of the best secondaries in the country.
Indiana’s 2020 season ended on Jan. 2, 2021 with an Outback Bowl loss to Ole Miss in Tampa, Fla. Throughout the season and the practices leading up to it, the players were being tested for COVID-19 every day and weren’t allowed to venture out beyond their apartments and football facilities.
In a late September story, he said that he was totally focused on football during the height of the pandemic.
“I got all I need right now,” Williams said. “Just focused on the season, so just the stadium and back, that’s all I’m worried about.”
Spring practice doesn’t begin until March. This story will be updated as events develop.
Antonio Alfano, a University of Colorado Boulder football player, who isn’t currently practicing with the team is facing charges on suspicion of harassment and resisting arrest in Broomfield, according to online court records.
Alfano, 20, a CU defensive end, was arrested in Broomfield on Jan. 7, court records show. The charges are both misdemeanors. Records show he has no other charges issued against him in Colorado.
CU Boulder spokesman Joshua Lindenstein released a statement in response to Alfano’s arrest:
“We are aware of the charges against Mr. Alfano, and we take such allegations very seriously,” the statement read. “The charges have been reported to our Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance in accordance with university policy for further investigation.”
Lindenstein confirmed that Alfano is part of the football team, but hasn’t been medically cleared to play with the team, because he has been experiencing seizures.
Broomfield police spokesperson Jennifer King-Sullivan said Alfano was released Jan. 8 from Broomfield County Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond. Court records show Alfano is scheduled for an arraignment Feb. 10.
Cornelius Nunn, Syracuse freshman defensive back, was arrested Tuesday in Miami and charged with a felony for carrying a concealed firearm, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Syracuse Athletics is aware of the situation and will not be releasing a statement, according to a team spokesperson.
Nunn, 19, was in the passenger’s seat of an improperly parked Nissan Maxima when an officer stopped at 9:05 p.m., the police report said.
LUBBOCK, Texas — SaRodorick Thompson, Texas Tech University’s starting running back, was arrested Monday on a charge of Racing on a Highway.
Thompson was booked in the Lubbock County Detention Center at 1:45 p.m. Monday. His bond was set at $2,500.
Texas Tech released a statement regarding Thompson’s arrest Monday afternoon, which said that he is expected to play in the Red Raiders’ game against Texas Saturday. Read it below:
“SaRodorick Thompson was notified late last week that there had been a misdemeanor warrant issued in his name. Thompson and his lawyer are currently cooperating with the Lubbock Police Department and have done so since the incident in late June. Texas Tech Athletics will handle the matter consistent with its student-athlete discipline policy and any discipline will be handled internally. Thompson is expected to play in Saturday’s Big 12 opener versus Texas.”
A warrant was issued for Thompson’s arrest on September 10 for street racing. In June, another Texas Tech football player, Caden Leggett was arrested for street racing.
Thompson is in his third season for Texas Tech out of Ranchview High School in Irving, Texas.
He redshirted his first year in 2018 and rushed for 765 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman in 2019. In Texas Tech’s 2020 opener against Houston Baptist, Thompson started the game and rushed for 118 yards.
Virginia Tech safety Devon Hunter, a graduate of Indian River High in Chesapeake, was arrested Sunday afternoon by the Christiansburg Police and charged with strangling another to cause wound or injury and simple assault against a family member, according to the Montgomery County Jail.
The strangulation charge is a felony, while the assault charge is a misdemeanor. Hunter, who was indefinitely suspended Monday from Tech’s football team, is being held in Montgomery County Jail without bond until a scheduled court appearance. He was arrested at 3:10 p.m. Sunday, according to the jail.
Under Tech’s conduct policies, athletes are immediately suspended from participation in all team events until felony charges are resolved. Athletes who are convicted of or plead guilty to or no contest to a felony charge will be dismissed from Tech’s athletic programs.
In Virginia, strangulation is a class 6 felony with maximum penalties upon conviction of one to five years in state prison and a fine up to $2,500. It could carry a penalty of up to a year in jail, and a fine up to $2,500.
Simple assault is a class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia, carrying a maximum penalty upon conviction of up to a year in jail.
Hunter’s arrest was first reported by the Roanoke Times.
Hunter, a 6-foot, 220-pound redshirt junior who was a projected starter at strong safety this season, didn’t “uphold the high standards we have for our student athletes,” according to a Monday release from Virginia Tech’s athletic department.
Tech coach Justin Fuente won’t comment on student conduct issues until the matter is resolved, according to the release. He also didn’t comment on Hunter’s arrest.
Last month, Fuente heaped praise on Hunter, who played in 10 games in 2017 as a highly touted true freshman, moved to the outside linebacker/nickel back position in the ’18 season and played in just four games before redshirting and returned last season to safety, where he backed up starter Reggie Floyd.
“There are guys that you just see them every day working and trying to lead and do the right thing and you just want them to have success so bad, and that’s how I feel about Devon right now,” Fuente said in August. “He just has been a great leader. He has great work ethic, a great attitude and has really come along to be a guy that people look up to in the locker room. Our kids have a tremendous amount of respect for him. Our coaches have a tremendous amount of respect for him. We can’t wait to get him out there and let him have some success, because he’s just been so great behind the scenes for so many years.”
Given how he lauded Hunter’s leadership in the preseason, Fuente confirmed Monday he was surprised and shocked regarding what led to Hunter’s current status with the team.
Hunter arrived at Tech considered by many recruiting analysts one of the nation’s top three safeties in the class of ’17. He was No. 2, behind only former Catholic High running back Khalan Laborn, in the Daily Press’ Fab 15 ranking of the state’s top recruits for the ’17 class.
Before committing to Tech, Hunter had more than 30 scholarship offers. He also considered offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, North Carolina and Mississippi before choosing Tech.
With Hunter suspended, Tech might turn to redshirt senior Tyree Rodgers, redshirt freshman J.R. Walker or true freshman Keonta Jenkins to fill in as a starting safety alongside starting co-captain Divine Deablo. Rodgers started in 2018 against Notre Dame, Boston College and at Pittsburgh.
In addition to Hunter, Tech was already going to be without Caleb Farley in its secondary. He opted out of playing this season in August and planned to prepare for next year’s NFL draft, citing concerns related to the coronavirus for his decision.
Tech, which had to postpone its game against Virginia that was scheduled for this Saturday because of coronavirus issues on the Hokies’ football team, is slated to open its season Sept. 26 against North Carolina State.
LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron announced Wednesday, Sept. 9 he has suspended defensive end Ray Parker indefinitely from the team for violating team rules.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Ray Parker, 20, whose full first name is Ramorien, was arrested early Wednesday morning on charges of battery and felony criminal damage to property.
According to deputies, Parker is accused of shoving a woman into a piece of furniture on LSU’s campus and damaging items by throwing them across the room.
He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
The defensive end was in his second year with the Tigers after redshirting as a true freshman in 2019, according to LSU Athletics.
Parker, of Ruston, La., played tight end at Ruston High School. He did not record any statistics during the 2019 season, according to LSU Athletics.
North Texas quarterbacks coach Tate Wallis was arrested and charged with two counts of misconduct in Denton County on Thursday. The university has placed him on administrative leave.
Wallis was charged with two counts of improper relationship between an educator and student, a felony charge in Texas. He posted a bond of $20,000 and was released the same day.
The alleged incidents took place during Fall 2019, when Wallis served as offensive coordinator at nearby Argyle. Wallis was hired at North Texas a month after the second alleged incident.
“We have been made aware of charges brought against a member of our football coaching staff for a matter unrelated to his employment with the university,” North Texas said in a statement. “The employee has been placed on administrative leave and will not be allowed on campus or to participate in any job related duties while on leave. We have initiated a review of the available information and we will take appropriate action following completion of the review.”
Previously, Wallis coached at North Forney for two years. Notably, Wallis served as wide receivers coach on Art Briles’ staff at Baylor before Briles was fired in 2016. He spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons at North Forney before serving as coordinator at Argyle from 2018-19.
North Texas faces off against Houston Baptist on Saturday in the season opener. The Mean Green have yet to name a starting quarterback. Seth Littrell will take over playcalling duties for the first time as a head coach.