Miami suspends safety Avantae Williams after alleged aggravated battery of a pregnant woman

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Miami safety Avantae Williams has been suspended following his arrest on three counts of aggravated battery.

Per Miami-Dade arrest records, Williams was booked into its jail system just after 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Williams is charged with three counts of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and his bond was $10,000.

The Athletic obtained the affidavit from the arrest, which stemmed from an apparent argument between Williams and his pregnant ex-girlfriend about his involvement with another woman. Williams' ex alleged that Williams grabbed her by the hair multiple times and threw her down. 

The woman is 31 weeks pregnant.

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Miami said in a statement that it was aware of Williams' arrest and that he had been suspended from the team.

Williams was top safety in class of 2020

Williams was a four-star recruit in the class of 2020 and the No. 1 safety in the country. The DeLand, Florida, native was the No. 40 prospect in the country and the No. 5 player in the state.

He chose Miami over Florida on signing day in 2020 after his cousin Lorenzo Lingard transferred from Miami to Florida, though he didn’t play as a freshman. Miami said he sat out the season because of “chronic and lingering medical issues” according to coach Manny Diaz.

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