Artez Williams, who was kicked off the University of Louisiana at Lafayette football team and currently sits in jail on a rape allegation, has now pressed felony theft charges against former teammates who have been implicated in a theft of property from his dorm room.
It’s a somewhat confusing tale. But, Sheila Bae-Cross, Williams’ mother, gave a detailed account of what she says transpired and how the led to the arrest of 13 football players.
First, some background. On March 31, Williams was dismissed from the football team, and then, less than a week later, he was booked into jail in connection with a rape allegation. He remains locked up on $100,000 bond.
On the night of her son’s arrest, Bae-Cross contact UL police and said some of her son’s belongings were missing from his dorm room. The Advertiser obtained a copy of the police report that listed the items that were allegedly stolen, and they included an Xbox game system and associated games, a LG television; and three pairs of Air Jordan shoes. All of the stolen items have been recovered, USAToday reported.
After authorities obtained a video of a burglary at the dormitory, 13 current UL football players were charged with one count of criminal conspiracy to commit felony theft, the Advertiser reported. All of the players are cooperating with authorities, and all have been suspended indefinitely from the team.
Bae-Cross also delivered two messages First, she said her son is innocent. ““I know he didn’t do that. … He’s better than that,” she told the newspaper.
The second message was for the suspects in the burglary case.
Williams isn’t “dropping no charges,” she said. “They can forget about that.”