Jordan Williams's Attorney: 'This Wasn't A Street Brawl'
The attorney for Maryland freshman forward Jordan Williams said in a telephone interview Tuesday evening that his client intended to act only as a peacemaker during an Aug. 8 incident from which Williams was charged with misdemeanor assault and breach of peace.
Williams is due to appear in a court in Bantam, Conn. on Monday, though his attorney, Bill Stevens, said the court date may change because of a scheduling conflict. Whenever Williams's first court appearance takes place, Stevens said that's when the police report of the incident will be released to the defendants and their attorneys.
Stevens said he does not expect Williams to have to enter a plea during that first court appearance, but "if he does enter a plea, obviously it's going to be a not-guilty plea."
Until Stevens has a chance to see the police report, all he has to go by is Williams's account of what took place. After news of Williams's arrest broke on Monday, some publications reported that the incident took place near midnight at a mall in Williams's hometown of Torrington, Conn.
"I can't confirm or deny that because I haven't seen a police report, but that's a little different than the information that I have," Stevens said.
Stevens did acknowledge that the two males and three females involved in the incident -- some of whom were minors -- knew each other.
"This wasn't a street brawl," Stevens said. "I mean, the problem is that the word was out that a couple of kids were going to get into a fight, and Jordan went there to be a peacemaker and to try to keep them apart from each other because he knew both of the girls that were involved. He stepped in to try to stop the fight. He actually put himself in the middle and broke the fight up, and the brother of one of the girls apparently took issue with the fact that Jordan was trying to keep the girls apart -- and actually had to pull them apart -- and then the brother stepped in. Unfortunately, that's where there is a difference of opinion as to what happened next. The brother claims that Jordan hit him, and Jordan says he just put his hand up and said, 'Back off.'"
Williams, 18, is listed on the Maryland athletics website at 6 feet 10 and 260 pounds. Since the start of school, Williams has participated in workouts and pickup games with other members of the men's basketball team at Comcast Center. He flew to Connecticut on Saturday to turn himself in and was released on his own recognizance.
If convicted on both charges, Williams could face up to 18 months in jail plus fines, though, as a first-time offender, it is more likely Williams would be placed in one of Connecticut's probation programs.
"The thing that needs to be made clear is Jordan was not in a fight; he was trying to break one up," Stevens said. "It's unfortunate that you get a guy that's that big and other people are involved, and because you're so big you kind of stick out like a sore thumb in a group of averaged size people, and next thing you know you're the center of attention whether you want to be or not."
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