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Blog: Commings arrested on domestic violence/simple battery charge

Georgia football player Sanders Commings was arrested this morning by university police on a charge of domestic violence/simple battery.

Police responded after 1 a.m. following a confrontation between the starting senior cornerback and his girlfriend on a sidewalk at Jackson and Broad Streets in downtown Athens, according to UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson.

“Bystanders got involved and separated the parties and it became apparent that during the separation of them that he struck her in the face,” Williamson said. “They at some point and time were able to flag down one of our officers. They also had the young woman with them.”

Police obtained an arrest warrant and Commings, who had fled the scene, was arrested after 7 a.m. on the misdemeanor charge, Williamson said.

Commings, 21, was booked into the Clarke County Jail at 9:06 a.m. and was released at 4:49 p.m. after posting a $1,000 bond.

Williamson said he would not detail any injuries sustained by the woman.

Georgia coach Mark Richt issued a statement through the school this afternoon.

“I’m aware of the situation and in the process of gathering necessary information,” Richt said. “However, any time a student-athlete is arrested, it is a matter of serious concern.”

Commings, an Augusta native, started every game for Georgia last season. He tied for fourth on the team with 55 tackles and had one interception.

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