Georgia starting cornerback Sanders Commings arrested for domestic violence

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.

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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.

91 comments Add your comment

Concrete Pete

January 21st, 2012
1:24 pm

chem

January 21st, 2012
1:30 pm

first arrest in a while.

tonto

January 21st, 2012
1:31 pm

He won’t be starting next year anyways, Beating on a female….how pathetic

DoubleDownDawgFan

January 21st, 2012
1:32 pm

ashamed of my Dawgs! pathetic! Fire Mark Richt now for this never-ending cycle of idiots that play for us!

Paul in NH

January 21st, 2012
1:32 pm

I hope Chip is going to monitor the comments on this blog – based on the headline it’s going to quickly get bad.

Dylan

January 21st, 2012
1:33 pm

Here we go again!

Bill Lodi

January 21st, 2012
1:35 pm

Who’s next?

I am Bill Lodi

Two sides to a coin

January 21st, 2012
1:37 pm

Innocent ’til proven guilty! He may have done something wrong but a blog is not a place for Jerry Springer followers to post about it.

Russ

January 21st, 2012
1:37 pm

same junk different day

01HAWK

January 21st, 2012
1:40 pm

Well……………………….Here are the COMMINGS and GOINGS of SANDERS COMMINGS.

CMR keeps getting the type players that belong in PRISON. What a way to start the year. How many more are COMMINGS……………………………LOL

Masters Dawg

January 21st, 2012
1:42 pm

Way to go– rising senior–out setting the example– idiot

[...] to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, cornerback Sanders Commings was arrested by university police overnight and charged with domestic violence and simple battery.  Commings was in a relationship, and [...]

Bigdsel

January 21st, 2012
1:43 pm

Don’t need this to start 2012 off season

edudawg

January 21st, 2012
1:47 pm

….it starts…….idiot…..

WDE

January 21st, 2012
1:49 pm

As the father of two daughters I have zero tolerance of violence toward women, however lets give the legal system time to sort out what happened and then deal with the young man as the facts deem..that being said if he is beating women they need to throw the book at him.

Goofball

January 21st, 2012
1:49 pm

Is there still time for him to declare for the draft???

duke

January 21st, 2012
1:50 pm

Not a big deal. Find something else to do haters

Ginger

January 21st, 2012
1:51 pm

Things change—years ago–all players lived in football dorm…now they live off campus and so forth…Just brings about problems. Some are not smart enough to realize that they are high profile and behavior problems will be magnified. Some do not know how to manage anger….

CMR needs to make him run and run and run and take an anger management course…And see counselor mentor weekly to talk about handling anger….needs to be weekly mentoring on anger mgt because you don’t solve this problem over night.

We gotta recruit better…coming down to the wire and we don’t have enough players,,,,Lets get the offer out to some 3 star players if needed but sign some more guys to play DB…cause you never know who is going to make a mistake and get in trouble with the law–and we gotta have depth. Let’s sign some guys who will work extremely hard and behave.

Gameday

January 21st, 2012
1:51 pm

so he will sit out one game– what Buffalo?– thats why they usually schedule a easy game to start the year– for all the players that get suspended during the off season

Bruce

January 21st, 2012
1:51 pm

Tired of this never ending cycle of idiot fans that want to fire Richt for everything the players that is wrong.Don’t get me wrong, this was a horrible situation but what do these fans expect? 24/7 monitoring of all players. We could have it like Alabamer where the players are not arrested but taken to Saban(or so I have heard? How could he have predicted 4 yrs ago that this would happen? Get real people, This kind of horrible stuff happens on a daily basis all over the country. Don’t blame Richt.

Joe

January 21st, 2012
1:51 pm

He should be off the team this afternoon. Underage drinking and smoking grass is one thing, violence against a woman is totally different. He should be eliminated TODAY.

AthensBondsman

January 21st, 2012
1:52 pm

…and who had Jan 21 in the pool?

Mark Richt

January 21st, 2012
1:53 pm

At least it wasunt Crowell dis time. I recroot some dumb morans.

WDE

January 21st, 2012
1:54 pm

@Joe think we ought to actually try the case before we hang him?

Blitzdawg

January 21st, 2012
1:54 pm

DoubleDownDawgFan you are the typical idiotic UGA fan. Why don’t you get your head out of you well you know and let’s find out all the details first. And regardless of what happened For Richt to lose his job over this would require our AD to be as big of an idiot as you are. Why don’t you convert to the trade school on north avenue.

Rangerdawg

January 21st, 2012
1:55 pm

Another example of the players knowing there are no consequences for acting like idiots. Just like FSU in the 90’s just different colors.

bdawg

January 21st, 2012
1:55 pm

Does this really warrant the biggest font size on the ajc’s website? Is there not more important news around Atlanta than this?

GTBob

January 21st, 2012
1:56 pm

I hear he will be suspended for one quarter during the Spring game. Oh, and he has to run 10 laps around the field. A fairly tough punishment for Richt but he has to put his foot down.

Newman

January 21st, 2012
1:56 pm

Here we go again…

kerryb

January 21st, 2012
1:56 pm

oe
January 21st, 2012
1:51 pm

He should be off the team this afternoon. Underage drinking and smoking grass is one thing, violence against a woman is totally different. He should be eliminated TODAY.

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What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Let’s hear ALL the facts first. There is plenty of violent women out there too. My guess (like in most of these cases) the woman is going to want to drop the charges or is just as guilty in the matter as he is . She will also refuse to testify against him after she cools off.

Joe

January 21st, 2012
1:58 pm

Well, there are at least 4 witnesses that are telling a story that the kid hit a woman in plain sight downtown. Unless Ed Tolley can magically get them to recant, seems pretty open and shut.

kerryb

January 21st, 2012
1:58 pm

Once again GTBob (who has no life) is on a UGA blog. Loser!

BigDawg

January 21st, 2012
1:59 pm

Wow, all these people without sin casting stones!

Augusta dawg

January 21st, 2012
2:00 pm

From what I know about Commings he was never that kind of person. Don’t know all that happened and why but out of character for that young man. I hate it for all parties involved. Cant blame Richt for someone elses decision. Especially because that was not typical of Commings. If coaches could see these things it’s unlikely most would select individuals. Never that easy to forsee down the road. He wasn’t that type of kid.

102>86

January 21st, 2012
2:00 pm

And the Fulmer Cup starts for UGA… Smooth criminal U.

GTBob

January 21st, 2012
2:00 pm

What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Witnesses saw him strike her. What more do you need?

102>86

January 21st, 2012
2:00 pm

Get over it kerryb. Your necks are on ours all the time…

sandiegodawg

January 21st, 2012
2:01 pm

let the rock throwing begin

kerryb

January 21st, 2012
2:01 pm

BigDawg
January 21st, 2012
1:59 pm

Wow, all these people without sin casting stones!

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Great answer.

Summit Dawg

January 21st, 2012
2:02 pm

I remember the days when maybe some of the players would over indulge in a little beer and scrap it out with one another……nothing like todays players……huuum, huuuum!!

kerryb

January 21st, 2012
2:02 pm

I guess there is never any encouraging news to talk about on the Tech blog so they come on here ALL the time. Losers!

dawgs01

January 21st, 2012
2:02 pm

Enter your comments here

Truth

January 21st, 2012
2:03 pm

I am certainly no dawg fan, but I would wait until all the facts are known before you start casting stones. I don’t agree with a man ever hit a woman. However, I personally witnessed an incident in the parking lot a few months ago. In this, the woman was the aggressor. She kept screaming at the man and she was the one that was slapping him, punching him in the chest etc. All he did was yell back and he shoved her off of him once. With that the man was arrested, but not the woman!

@GTBobby

January 21st, 2012
2:03 pm

Glad we are in Atlanta where APD is too busy and this would never be reported.

Glen

January 21st, 2012
2:03 pm

It is never right to strike a woman, but I assure you women take advantage of that all the time………………….

Odell Thurman

January 21st, 2012
2:04 pm

Atta boy Sanders. We both know you can’t let women be getting any crazy ideas!

Smokey&TheBandit

January 21st, 2012
2:04 pm

WWMRD? Will he kick SC off the team, or let him stay? Anyone remember
the Zach Mettenberger incident? It’s all on you MARK RICHT…

The Factor

January 21st, 2012
2:05 pm

@Truth,

Well said. Some of these scorned women with emotional “mama jama” can get in your face.

Lobosolo

January 21st, 2012
2:06 pm

Ah, the idiots of the Dawg Nation have their say, forgetting the mantra of justice so American (the same group , no doubt, that cries at politicians who don’t wear flag lapel pins), and acting as judge and jury, and blasting this young man BEFORE THEY KNOW A THING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED… you yokels are rich, adding to the absurdity of your collective football IQ (which is nearly nil) with a completely knee-jerk reaction to a news blurb… Got a clue for you, dumb-dumbs… if it comes to light that this young man is proven guilty, then go on and excoriate him to high heaven… until then, you are looking like the fools you are… Man, the state of Georgia is chock full…

kerryb

January 21st, 2012
2:06 pm

Truth
January 21st, 2012
2:03 pm

I am certainly no dawg fan, but I would wait until all the facts are known before you start casting stones. I don’t agree with a man ever hit a woman. However, I personally witnessed an incident in the parking lot a few months ago. In this, the woman was the aggressor. She kept screaming at the man and she was the one that was slapping him, punching him in the chest etc. All he did was yell back and he shoved her off of him once. With that the man was arrested, but not the woman!

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Right. I’ve seen it a hundred times. The witnesses probably saw the tail end of what happened and the woman was mad so she is going to cast ALL the blame on him. Especially since he walked away from the situation and is not there to tell his side. Believe me people, there are several woman out there that you cannot consider to be defenseless women. Before you start talking your trash (TECH morons) lets get ALL of the story.