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KU football star agrees to diversion in domestic violence case

Pooka Williams
Posted at 4:24 PM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 18:38:11-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — University of Kansas running back Anthony "Pooka" Williams entered into a diversion agreement in the domestic violence case against him.

According to the agreement, obtained by 41 Action News Friday, Williams must complete 40 hours of community service by November 30. He must also submit to domestic violence offender assessment. If that assessment doesn't result in any recommendations, Williams must take an anger management course.

If Williams successfully completes the diversion, the allegation would be dropped from his record.

Williams was charged in December after an 18-year-old Kansas student he was dating accused him of punching her in the stomach and grabbing her throat.

He was suspended by the football program Dec. 7.

In a statement sent to 41 Action News, a KU Athletic Department spokesperson said, "Pooka remains suspended from all team-related activities at this time while the university continues to evaluate the Dec. 5 incident. We continue to take this matter very seriously."

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.