Tag:Domestic Violence
Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Former Texas Tech coordinator gets probation

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Former Texas Tech defensive coordinator James Willis has pleaded guilty to the charge of assault and domestic violence stemming from an incident in December.

It was reported that Willis had gotten into an altercation with his wife on December 22nd, and just a few days later Willis was no longer working for Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech. Willis has been sentenced to six months deferred probation and could face up to a year in prison if he's found in violation of his probation. He must also attend anger management classes and do 30 hours of community service. 

According to the police report, Willis' wife Shalane Willis called police to the couple's house on December 22nd claiming that Willis slapped her, hit her on the nose and threw her on the bed during an argument. She then ran out the front door and to a neighbor's house where she called 911.

Willis only spent one season at Texas Tech as defensive coordinator, but had worked under Tuberville alongside Florida head coach Will Muschamp at Auburn. Willis was replaced at Texas Tech by Chad Glasgow.

Posted on: March 3, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Wazzu linebacker arrested for assault

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The offseason arrest train keeps on rolling, this time deciding to make a stop in Pullman, Washington where Washington State linebacker Louis Bland was arrested early Saturday morning. According to Pullman police, officers first showed up at Bland's apartment around 3 AM on Saturday morning, where they were told that Bland and his girlfriend were in an argument about a cell phone. At the time, police saw no reason to arrest anybody, and warned both Bland and his girlfriend before leaving.

Thirty minutes later, police were called back when a woman could be heard screaming.

Upon their return, Bland's girlfriend told police that he'd thrown her to the ground, elbowed her in the back, hit her in the head and choked her. The police said that there was enough physical evidence to indicate "at least some of that did happen." Bland said he was assaulted as well, and there was also evidence to support his claim, but nothing on the same level as to what he'd allegedly done to his girlfriend.

So police arrested Bland and booked him into Whitman County Jail on a class B felony, that could put Bland in prison for 10 years.

Washington State has not made a statement on the arrest yet, but with spring practice scheduled to begin Monday, I'd say the odds are good that Bland will not be there. 
Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Auburn RB booted for domestic violence arrest

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Monday Auburn dismissed running back Eric Smith from the team. No reason was given at the time, other than saying that Smith had violated a team rule. Given Smith's history, it wasn't crazy to assume that he'd had a run-in with the law. Smith had already been suspended for a game in 2009 after assaulting a fellow student at the school.

So odds were that Smith was still a member of the team, but was under a strict zero-tolerance policy. Being arrested for domestic violence probably went against that policy.
Former Auburn running back Eric Smith was arrested for third degree domestic violence on Feb. 22, six days before the university confirmed he was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.
Smith spent almost 12 hours at the Lee County Detention Center before being released on a $500 bond. The police report said Smith was sober and did not resist arrest. The university did not say when Smith was dismissed from the team.
Smith played in all 14 games for Auburn in 2010 on the way to a national title. He finishes his career with 182 yards rushing, and two more arrests than touchdowns scored.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Details on Mike Haywood's arrest emerge

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Now that Mike Haywood no longer has to worry about running the football program at Pitt, he can concentrate all his time and energy on his upcoming court case following his arrest for domestic assault last week.  Since being released from jail, Haywood hasn't had a whole lot to say about the case publicly, just that his arrest "wasn't fair" and "the truth will eventually come out."

Well, the truth, at least according to the police reports, has come out.  Haywood pled not guilty in court on Monday, and a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pieced together what went on at Beth Marriott's -- the mother of Haywood's one-year old son -- home in South Bend.
According to a court document, Ms. Marriott told St. Joseph County police Officer Diana Landry on Friday that she was angry with Mr. Haywood because she suspected him of seeing another woman in Texas, and because he did not return home from there Thursday night as she expected. She barricaded the door to the house, she said, because Mr. Haywood had given keys to several people.
Mr. Haywood, 46, said he stayed in the South Bend Marriott Hotel on Thursday night because he could not enter his house, the document said. He forced the door open Friday, he said, later showing police a picture he took on his cell phone of a blue pole that he said barricaded the door.
Ms. Marriott said she and Mr. Haywood argued and that she decided to go to her brother's house with the child and put him in a car in the garage. Mr. Haywood, she said, attempted to take the boy out of the car and pulled her away by wrapping his arm around her neck and throwing her backward, causing her to fall on a wheelbarrow. She said she felt a pop in her neck but no pain, and her arm was "burning and tingling" but she did not know how she hurt it. Ms. Landry wrote that she saw dark red marks on Ms. Marriott's neck and jaw, a raised mark on her back and redness on her right arm, consistent with her story.
Mr. Haywood said he did not want Ms. Marriott to take the child and that he hadn't given her permission to use his car. He said he opened the back door to remove the child and Ms. Marriott tried to stop him by grabbing his shirt. He pushed her away with his arm and she fell, he said. He helped her to her feet, then called his attorney. He said Ms. Marriott's face, neck and chest turn red when she is upset.

Now, if you'll let me put on my lawyerin' pants for a moment, I can tell you that they don't fit at all.  It seems I've put on a few pounds since I wasn't in law school, which means I really can't tell you all that much about what will come from this case.  What I do know, however, is that there aren't many circumstances when a man can put his hands on a woman and come out the hero of the story.

And while hindsight is 20/20, I bet Haywood is wishing he'd called the police first before any of this had gone down.  He'd still have his job today. 
Posted on: December 31, 2010 10:43 pm
 

Pitt releases statement on Mike Haywood

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In case you missed it while spending your New Year's Eve watching bowl games, Mike Haywood, Pitt's new head coach, was arrested on Friday afternoon in South Bend and jailed on domestic battery charges.  While we can't be sure what this means for Haywood's future at Pitt, there's a pretty good chance there won't be one.

For now, however, the school isn't saying anything about what it plans to do with Haywood.  Though Pitt did release a statement on his arrest on Friday night.

“The University of Pittsburgh is aware of an alleged incident involving head football coach Michael Haywood today in South Bend, Indiana. The University expects the highest standards of conduct from its employees, including its coaches, and any breach of those standards is a very serious matter. The University will decline further comment until more complete information is available.”

You have to believe there is some kind of ethics clause in Haywood's contract with the school, and should he be found guilty of these current charges, he'll no doubt be in violation of that clause.  Which would lead to the termination of his contract.
Posted on: December 31, 2010 6:31 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 8:54 pm
 

New Pitt head coach Mike Haywood arrested

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This probably isn't the way Pitt and Mike Haywood wanted their new relationship to get started.

According to a report out of South Bend, Indiana, where Haywood once served as a coordinator for Notre Dame , Haywood was arrested on a domestic violence charge in South Bend on Friday .
St. Joseph County Police say Haywood was arrested around 2:30 p.m. on Friday at a home in the 50000 block of Hawthorne Meadow Drive.
He has a child with the woman living there.
Police say there was a custody issue and the woman attempted to leave.
As she left, police say a physical altercation broke out.
The woman told police Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her.
According to the police report, the woman had red marks on her neck, arms and back.

Haywood was the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame under Charlie Weis before moving on to take the head coaching job at Miami (OH) .  In his second season at Miami, Haywood led the Redhawks to a MAC championship before taking the Pittsburgh job earlier this month.

As of now, the school has not released a statement regarding Haywood's arrest.

UPDATE: We have a mugshot, thanks to KDKA.


 
 
 
 
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