Student-athlete faces assault charges after bar fight

By Renee Muniz

A University of the Incarnate Word dual-sport athlete’s status with the football and track teams is unknown since his Feb. 24 arrest on assault charges at a local sports bar.

UIW’s director of athletics, Dr. Brian Wickstrom, told the Logos he was unable to discuss any particulars related to Jamarkese Williams, a senior, due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA, enacted in 1974, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

“Under FERPA, I am not in a position to discuss any issue with a student-athlete,” Wickstrom said. “I can tell you, the Department of Athletics, working with our Life Skills program, brings in speakers regularly as well as working with the Title IX Office and Student Affairs Office to educate our student-athletes on a number of issues. We expect our student-athletes to be great campus and community representatives just like the rest of our student body.”

Williams, 22, a criminal justice major from Lake Providence, La., was charged Feb. 24 by Alamo Heights police with assault causing bodily injury at Broadway 5050. According to police, Williams was at the bar when he punched another customer about seven times. Following this, another customer attempted to stop Williams but was punched about three times and suffered a fractured jaw.

Alamo Heights identified Williams after watching the bar’s video footage. According to an affidavit, Wickstrom called police, sharing that Williams told him he was involved in a fight at the bar. Wickstrom then called police to confirm Williams as the suspect. After his arrest, Williams’ bail was set at $1,600.

Williams, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound cornerback, played 10 games this past season, according to UIW’s website. He had 25 tackles, 14 solo and 11 assisted. He led the team in pass breakups and passes defended. He also had 1.5 tackles for a loss.

It remains to be seen if Williams will be playing in the April 21 spring football game at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.

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