Surveillance footage shows details of fight that led to dismissal of former Auburn WR Duke Williams
A first look at the surveillance footage from Skybar, the Alabama bar where former Auburn wide receiver Duke Williams was involved in an altercation, shows the details from the incident that led to the player’s’ dismissal from the football team.
Williams was taken out of the bar by security after a drink was thrown at an unidentified person. Williams did not throw the drink, according to a report from the Opelika-Auburn News, but he got in the middle of the ensuing altercation.
“It was definitely not a rampage,” Brett Shackelford, the general manager at Skybar, told the Opelika-Auburn News’ Tom Green.
Williams initially exited the club after one of his companions was kicked out for wearing sunglasses, which violated the bar’s dress code, according to the report. Williams then tried to re-enter the club from an unofficial entrance and was subsequently denied.
After regaining entrance to the bar from the main entrance, Williams was brought to the bar’s office to meet with Shackleford, who told Opelika-Auburn News that the former Auburn player appeared agitated and that his eyes were bloodshot red.
Shackleford also said he told Williams he could not “get out of line” or he would be removed from the premises. The scrum that got Williams thrown out of the club came after this warning.
“He hit one of my guys with a backhand, and he might have thrown one or two punches, but I’ve had 10,000 worse fights in here than him,” Shackelford told the Opelika-Auburn News.
No charges have been filed against Williams, who was dismissed from the Auburn program on Monday evening.
The senior led Auburn in receiving with 45 catches last season. He had 12 receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown through five games in the Tigers’ 2015 campaign.
“I’m disappointed it didn’t work out,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn told reporters on Tuesday. “Our team will be fine and move on.”
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— Tom Green (@AUBlog) October 9, 2015