Florida State running back Karlos Williams could face a Title IX investigation by the school even if authorities decide not to pursue domestic violence charges against him.
The Tallahassee Police Department say they will continue to investigate Williams after he was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, even though she submitted an affidavit requesting police to end the investigation. The ex-girlfriend is the mother of Williams’ son and is pregnant with their second child.
"It is my desire that this matter be resolved expeditiously without Mr. Williams being arrested, charged, or prosecuted for any criminal offense," the woman wrote in an affidavit, according to ESPN.com. "Please exercise your discretion properly by respecting my privacy and my family's privacy in this matter."
The Associated Press reports that the school has not said whether they will investigate Williams to see if he violated the university’s code of conduct. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said that Williams, who has rushed for 378 yards with seven touchdowns this season, will play Thursday against Louisville.
Florida State is already under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights over how it handled sexual assault allegations against Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston is facing a university hearing to see if he violated four sections of the school’s code of conduct.
The Department of Education and the Title IX statute mandate that all schools immediately investigate any claims of sexual assault and domestic violence, even if a criminal inquiry has not been completed. Schools that fail to comply risk losing federal funding.
- Scooby Axson