A statement was just released by the Washington athletic department saying that the department and football program are aware of an incident involving junior wide receiver Kasen Williams that took place on May 26th in Chelan County. It was also stated that any disciplinary measures taken by the team would be kept internal. Adam Jude, the Seattle Times beat writer covering the team, tweeted out information gleaned from court records confirming that the incident took place. The records also show that Williams paid a fine of $695.50 for the misdemeanor charge. The fee was paid yesterday, and Williams appeared in court on June 14th.
There is no DUI, and the case is closed. Obviously the high profile DUI incident involving junior tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins comes to mind, but the cases differ in that ASJ’s offense was much more serious. While details are hard to come by in Kasen’s incident, it is clear that whether it involved alcohol or marijuana, whatever happened, it wasn’t enough for a DUI charge.
So while ASJ may very well face a 1-game suspension and miss the August 31st opener against Boise State, it seems very, very unlikely that Williams will be sidelined at all. The issue appears to have been handled by the team, and while we are just finding out about it, the issue appears closed both legally and as it concerns Coach Sarkisian’s program.
Still, even if that sounds like good news, it’s worth thinking about how both ASJ and Williams, the two star pass catchers on this team, have faced legal troubles involving drugs or alcohol during this one off season. Neither player has shown a pattern of disciplinary or legal problems, but it’s still troubling. Here’s to hoping neither player makes this sort of thing a habit.