Reports: KU's Pooka Williams accused of punching woman, grabbing her by throat

Kansas running back Pooka Williams Jr. (1) runs the ball for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Lawrence, Kan. Kansas won 55-14. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas star running back Pooka Williams is accused of punching a woman in the stomach and grabbing her by the throat, according to an affidavit obtained by the Kansas City Star and Lawrence Journal-World.

The Douglas County District Court document reportedly states the alleged victim told a KU police officer that Williams did this on Dec. 5. Reports state the officer also interviewed Williams, who said he pushed her.

She reportedly showed the officer text messages revealing Williams admitting to punching her in the arms. According to the reports, they both admitted to being in an intimate relationship.

Williams was charged with domestic battery on Dec. 7, where his attorney entered a not guilty plea.

Kansas football coach Les Miles suspended Williams on Dec. 7 from all team-related activities pending further investigation.

“We are aware of a reported incident involving Pooka Williams and we are taking these allegations very seriously," Miles then said in a statement.

As a freshman, Williams was an All-Big 12 performer for the Jayhawks, rushing for 1,125 yards and seven touchdowns this past season. He was the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.