ATHENS – Georgia starting cornerback Sanders Commings was arrested overnight by University of Georgia police and booked on charges of domestic violence/simple battery, UGA police confirmed Saturday.
Commings, 21, was booked into Athens-Clarke County Jail at 9:06 a.m. Saturday. He remains in police custody and no bond has been posted.
“I’m aware of the situation and in the process of gathering necessary information,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a statement released through UGA. “However, any time a student-athlete is arrested it is a matter of serious concern.”
UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said his officers were flagged down a little after 1 a.m. Saturday by persons in a vehicle in downtown Athens. At that time the female victim and four witnesses were interviewed by police. Commings had left the scene.
“Talking with [witnesses] there was some kind of interaction between [Commings] and a woman and they intervened,” Williamson said. “At some point in time he struck her. Based on the witness statements and interviews with the involved parties, that’s why he was arrested.”
Williamson said officers then obtained a warrant from a magistrate judge. Commings was taken into custody later at his apartment.
Williamson said Commings and the woman are in a relationship based on the charges.
“With us going with domestic violence, it has to be a significant other,” he said. “They’re cohabitating in some way.”
Police said the incident report will not be available until Monday morning.
Commings, a rising senior from Augusta, is one of 10 starters slated to return on defense for the Bulldogs next season. He started all 14 games this past season and was tied for fourth on the team with 55 tackles. He also led the team in pass break-ups with 12 and had one interception. He has played in all but one game the past three seasons.
Commings was released on $1,000 bond at 4:49 p.m. on Saturday.