The Miami Hurricanes dismissed safety Avantae Williams from the football team Thursday afternoon after he was arrested late Wednesday night and charged with three counts of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, according to Miami-Dade County’s arrest records.
Miami suspended Williams from all team activities Thursday morning before later releasing a statement that read, “freshman safety Avantae Williams has been dismissed from the football program.”
According to the arrest affidavit obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the victim was Williams’ ex-girlfriend who is 31 weeks pregnant. The affidavit stated that the two had been living together in West Kendall for four months and that Williams was aware of the pregnancy.
The police report states that around 2:39 p.m. on Wednesday, Williams and the victim were involved in a “verbal dispute” over Williams “being involved with another woman” before the altercation escalated and Williams allegedly told the victim, “when I return from practice, you need to be gone.”
The victim was packing her belongings when Williams returned to their residence, according to the arrest affidavit, with the report stating Williams entered the bedroom she was in and “grabbed her by the hair, throwing her unto the bed” before yelling at the victim “get the f--- out.”
The report states that Williams grabbed the victim again and threw her to the ground before grabbing her by the hair and throwing her to the ground outside of their residence, causing “the victim to hit her head.”
The victim called 911 and was transported to a hospital for further evaluation after sustaining “multiple” bruises to her arms and neck and having two broken fingernails.
The report said Williams didn’t speak to police and was represented by a lawyer.
He was booked at 10:17 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Miami-Dade County’s arrest records.
Williams, a 20-year-old DeLand native, was Miami’s top recruit in its 2020 recruiting class and was listed as the No. 1 safety prospect in the 2020 recruiting class by Rivals.
He had to sit out of his freshman season in 2020 due to unspecified “chronic and lingering medical issues” that Miami’s medical staff found in the preseason, according to UM coach Manny Diaz.
Williams was medically cleared for football activities in March and participated in spring practices.
His dismissal comes two weeks ahead of the Hurricanes’ opening fall camp, with Miami set to start practicing on Aug. 6 ahead of its season opener against Alabama, the defending national champions, on Sept. 4 in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Safeties Kamren Kinchens and James Williams, both of whom are entering their true freshman season, could have larger roles for the Hurricanes during camp and the season than originally expected after the team dismissed Avantae.
Kinchens was a four-star safety prospect out of Miami Northwestern while James — who isn’t related to Avantae — is a five-star safety prospect out of American Heritage.
Brian Balom, Jalen Harrell and Keshawn Washington are other underclassmen safeties who could see more time on the field in 2021 after making appearances for Miami last year.