ODU football player arrested for simple assault, felony strangulation

​NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A college football safety is suspended indefinitely after police arrested him.

Denzel Williams, 20, faces two counts of Simple Assault and one count of Felony Strangulation after an incident at last week.

Williams is a football player at Old Dominion University.

Officers received a report of an assault at a home in the 1200 block of W. 43rd St. around 1 a.m. on November 1.

Police got there and talked to a 20-year-old woman and 21-year-old woman who said Williams assaulted both of them. Williams is the 20-year-old's boyfriend.

The women secured charges against Williams later that morning.

ODU's Assistant Athletic Director for Communications confirmed Williams' suspension and told 13News Now that Coach Bobby Wilder would have no further comment at this time.

Norfolk police officers arrested two ODU football players, Devin Hannan and Manuel Matiarena, in June after a fight at a nightclub.

Wilder suspended his son, Derek Wilder,  from the team this year after police in Chesapeake arrested the linebacker.

An officer said Derek and former ODU football player Aquante Thornton were riding motorcycles recklessly in May. Police said Derek Wilder crashed as he tried to get away from the officer.


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