Former Florida State offensive lineman Jauan Williams was arrested on a charge of battery touching or striking (two counts) by the Tallahassee Police Department on Wednesday, May 20 and was released this morning.
The charges reportedly stem from separate incidents involving Williams and his girlfriend, who filed complaints of physical abuse and sexual harassment and violence.
Per the affadavit, Williams reportedly choked and punched the woman, in addition to threatening her once she went to police. The incidents happened in 2018 — and in 2019, after initially withdrawing her complaints, she proceeded with the case.
The lineman entered his name into the transfer portal in January of this year, but had yet to announce his decision on where he would spend his final year of eligibility. The 6-foot-7, 310 pound offensive tackle from Washington, DC appeared in 5 games during the 2019 season and started for two of them.
Williams was listed as a redshirt junior on Seminoles.com before his dismissal prior before the Seminoles’ game in the Sun Bowl. He was ranked 167th nationally as a recruit in the 247 Composite coming out of Archbishop Carroll High School.
He had not lived up to expectations during his time at Florida State. While he was not expected to return in 2020, if he had, he was not expected to be a part of the offensive tackle rotation.
This story will be updated as we learn more.