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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, Kansas running back Pooka Williams Jr. (1) runs ahead of Oklahoma defenders during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Norman, Okla. Pooka Williams Jr. was selected as the newcomer of the year when the AP All-Big 12 team was announced Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File) ORG XMIT: NY171

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas running back Anthony "Pooka" Williams has been granted diversion in a domestic battery case.

The Kansas City Star reports Williams, a former standout at Hahnville High School, appeared in court Wednesday. If he successfully completes diversion, the domestic battery charge would be kept off his record.

An affidavit alleges that Williams punched an 18-year-old woman in the stomach and grabbed her by the throat last month. The affidavit says the woman had text messages from Williams admitting to punching her and a police officer found bruises on the woman.

Williams reportedly told police that he pushed the woman when he saw her in a room with other men. Both have said they were in an intimate relationship.

Williams was the Big 12 offensive freshman of the year and a first-team all-Big 12 selection as running back and kick returner last season.

He was suspended from the football program Dec. 7, shortly after former LSU coach Les Miles took over as the team's head coach. 

Williams chose Kansas over offers from SEC schools LSU and Mississippi State.


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