MIAMI -- Top Miami recruit Willie Williams surrendered
Tuesday after more criminal charges were added to a record of 10
arrests the university didn't know about when it signed him.
Williams turned himself in at the Broward County Jail on an
arrest warrant that charged he violated probation in a 2002
burglary case, sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal said.
be held without bail until a Friday hearing to determine whether to allow Williams to be released on bond or jailed until his final probation violation hearing -- about 30 to 60 days from now.
He's fine," Williams' lawyer, Paul Lazarus, who accompanied him to the jail, told the Sun-Sentinel of South Florida. "Obviously he'd rather not be where he is, but he's going to make the best of the situation."
The 19-year-old player was charged Monday with felony malicious
damage to fire extinguishers, misdemeanor criminal mischief and
misdemeanor battery at a hotel on a recruiting trip to the
University of Florida over Super Bowl weekend.
The felony charge carries a possible five-year state prison
sentence, and misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in the
In response, Miami athletic director Paul Dee suspended the
processing of Williams' admissions application. He did not say how
long the delay would last. No decision has been made on whether to
revoke Williams' athletic scholarship.
"(Willie) knows these are very serious matters and they can
absolutely affect his college career and affect the rest of his
life," Lazarus, said at a news conference
in Fort Lauderdale.
Williams' record and complaints about his Gainesville trip were
revealed Feb. 4, the same day he signed his letter of intent with
He is accused of setting off three fire extinguishers in his
hotel, grabbing a woman against her will and hitting a man at a bar
in a span of five hours.
According to the warrant for his arrest, Williams is also accused of "fail[ing]to file a full and truthful report to his probation officer ... in Broward County on Feb. 5 ... He noted on his written monthly report that he did not have any contact with law enforcement during the previous month [of] January, 2004," the Miami Herald reported.
Miami was unaware of his arrest record dating to age 14 and has
acknowledged lapses in its background checks. Williams chose Miami
over Florida State, Florida and Auburn. Florida and Florida State
say they didn't know about his record, either.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.