Police have dismissed citations given to USC starting outfielder Jake Williams for providing alcohol to two underage people at his condo.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior from Greer had faced up to about $680 in fines for each violation. He traveled to Mississippi State for the No. 2-ranked Gamecocks’ weekend series against the Bulldogs. Williams missed five games from a team suspension.
The charges were dismissed shortly before Williams was scheduled to appear in Cayce municipal court on Thursday. Cayce Public Safety Director Charles McNair said Williams was not given the preferential treatment because he’s on the baseball team.
The officer who wrote the citations dropped because police did not charge all of Williams’ roommates for providing alcohol to underage people or all the underage people who were drinking at the gathering in the condo, he said. McNair said it was not fair that Williams was the only person cited for an alcohol-related charge.
Williams received the citations after accepting responsibility for two underage people who were drinking beer when police arrived at a party at his condo on April 9, McNair said.
While issuing the citations to Williams, officers said they found marijuana in the condo and concentrated on a further search instead of the alcohol incidents, he said. One of Williams’ roommates was arrested on drug-related charges. The roommate has no connection to the baseball program, the school said.
Williams passed a drug and alcohol test administered by the school soon after the citation was issued, his attorney said.
USC head coach Ray Tanner was pleased Williams’ legal troubles were over, but the outfielder will be required to perform an undetermined amount of community service of the coach’s choosing.
“I wasn’t very happy when that (situation) occurred a couple of weeks ago,” Tanner said. “Now that some time has passed, and I’ve been able to understand the situation a little bit better, I might have been more difficult than maybe I should have been.”
The transfer from Wofford is hitting .286 with two home runs and 18 RBI this year. His return comes as the Gamecocks struggle with depth issues in the outfield after a hamstring injury to Adam Matthews.
“It gives us a little more security, no question about it,” Tanner said.