So, we can’t enjoy a weekend stress free, huh?
Potentially ugly news right now. Let’s start with the most salacious version of things — since this is the one everyone is going to focus.
Pittsburgh police said football player Stephen Williams was charged following an alleged domestic incident with a woman in Oakland on Saturday. Police said the woman flagged down officers as she stood on the street, bruised an holding a clump of her hair.
Hours later, police found University of Pittsburgh basketball player Ernest Zeigler III passed out inside his Hummer at an Oakland intersection.
Police said Zeigler failed all field sobriety tests, had a blood alcohol level of .129 and threw up in a holding cell toilet.
Oh, boy. Sounds really bad. For both situations. Ugly Saturday night for all. Yet, this is the only story on Williams, and Zeigler’s tale seems not to jibe with other versions.
So far I haven’t seen a story from either of the local papers or other Pittsburgh news sources mentioning Stephen Williams being arrested or charged for domestic violence. Nothing. Williams is a redshirt freshman DB.
As for Zeigler, the other version seems a lot less like being passed out at the wheel of his car in an intersection followed by vomiting in a holding cell.
Pittsburgh police have filed driving under the influence charges against University of Pittsburgh basketball player Trey Zeigler stemming from an incident Sunday.
Online court records show Mr. Zeigler, whose legal name is Ernest F. Zeigler III, will be charged by mail summons with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. Details of the arrest were not immediately available.
But as the AP article notes. Zeigler wasn’t actually arrested. He was charged by summons. Not sure how that jibes with what would presumably lead to impounding his car and taking him to a drunk tank to dry him out.
There is no condoning either action. Absolutely not. But I am trying to be cautious — especially with the domestic violence accusation. There needs to be some more information.
Zeigler is obviously in trouble. Something involving drunk driving happened. I have to assume he is going to be suspended for at least a couple games. He screwed up, and everyone is lucky no one is hurt.
As for Williams, that one is complete wait-and-see right now.
UPDATE: And as soon as I hit “publish” on this post, Chris Peak of Pantherlair.com tweets that Steve Williams is no longer listed on Pitt’s roster. Not good.
UPDATE (Two): And now the P-G’s Sam Werner tweets that Pitt has announced the dismissal of Williams for “disciplinary reasons.” Oh, and while they are at it, Pitt announces that Jason Frimpong (redshirt freshman LB from Texas) and Roderick Ryles (redshirt freshman DB from Florida) have decided to transfer.