New details have emerged in the bar altercation that led to the dismissal of former Auburn wide receiver D’haquille “Duke” Williams.
Williams allegedly punched four people, including two security guards, a bartender assistant and another unidentified person an anonymous witness told AL.com.
The altercation stemmed from a person in Williams’ group being kicked out of the bar because he was wearing sunglasses, which is a violation of the bar’s dress code, according to the AL.com report. Williams tried to use his name recognition to get his friend back into the bar, but he was unsuccessful, according to the witness.
Despite Williams’ altercation, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is not going to change anything about the team’s policy in regards to players going out after games.
“There’s been times when I told them we’re not going to do that, but at the same time you want your players to be responsible adults,” Malzahn said on the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday. “We had one young man that didn’t represent us in the right way but we got a bunch of guys that do it the right way.”
It was the third strike for the talented 6-foot-2 receiver. Williams was suspended at the end of last season for the Outback Bowl and he was also disciplined for an incident in practice in early August. The latter resulted in a six-day absence from the team.
Williams led the Tigers’ in receptions (45) in the 2014 season, but he had just 12 receptions and a touchdown through five games this season.
Auburn will have to play the rest of the season without him, but the players and coaches have already turned their focus to the rest of the games on the schedule.
“I’m disappointed it didn’t work out,” Malzahn told reporters on Tuesday. “Our team will be fine and move on.”
Jonathan Wallace says there's a "different sense of urgency" without Duke Williams. "It was exciting to see the young guys step up today."
— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) October 6, 2015