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Miami suspends Williams after battery charges

Miami Hurricanes freshman safety Avantae Williams has been suspended by the team after he was arrested Wednesday on domestic violence charges, the school said in a statement.

Williams, 20, is facing three counts of aggravated battery of a pregnant person, according to Miami-Dade County records. He is being held on $10,000 bond, according to records.

“We are aware that football student-athlete Avantae Williams has been arrested by the Miami-Dade Police Department,” a university spokesperson said. “He was immediately suspended from all team activities.”

According to a Miami-Dade Police Department incident report, the woman, Williams’ ex-girlfriend, is 31 weeks pregnant, and Williams was aware of the pregnancy. They have been living together for four months.

The woman said she and Williams were arguing about his involvement with another woman when Williams said, “When I return from practice, you need to be gone.”

She was in her bedroom packing her things to leave when Williams returned from practice, the woman said. According to the report, Williams was angry that she was still in the residence, grabbed her by her hair and threw her onto the bed, grabbed her again and threw her to the ground, and then picked her up and threw her to the ground outside the residence, where she hit her head, before contacting a neighbor and calling 911.

The woman was taken to a hospital for evaluation. The report states she suffered multiple bruises to her arms and a minor bruise to her neck.

Police said Williams was not interviewed by the detective and was represented by legal counsel.

Williams did not play for the Hurricanes last season after medical issues were flagged during a preseason exam. He said on social media in March that he had been cleared to play.

He joined Miami as a four-star recruit and the nation’s top safety in the Class of 2020.

ESPN’s Dave Wilson contributed to this report.