Adds comments from Kyle Carter (12:28 p.m.) . . .
ATHENS — Georgia baseball player Kyle Carter, a freshman pitcher from Columbus and a former Little League World Series star, was arrested earlier this week and charged with simple assault and having a weapon in a school zone.
Carter was arrested by the Athens-Clarke County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday morning, booked in the Athens-Clarke County jail at 9:58 a.m. that day and released on $5,000 bond an hour and 21 minutes later. The weapons charge is a felony.
According to police, Carter’s arrest stemmed from an incident that took place at 2:45 on a.m. on Aug. 19 in the East Commons Village residence hall. UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said Friday that Carter threatened with a baseball bat a female unknown to him in his dorm room. The woman had been invited into the room by Carter’s roommate, he said.
“For whatever reason he wanted her to leave,” Williamson said. “In the process he grabbed a bat and threatened bodily harm to her with the bat. The bat’s a weapon under the Georgia code section. A bat can be used for athletic purposes, but once it’s used as a weapon, it becomes a weapon on school grounds.”
The woman called police, who responded immediately and took statements from the involved parties and witnesses. After investigating the incident for “several days,” Williamson said the decision was made to charge Carter.
UGA spokesman Christopher Lakos said, “Coach Perno is aware of the situation and he’s gathering information regarding the matter.”
Carter spoke to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer about his case.
“All that happened was that she was in the room. We were arguing, and she was asked by multiple people to leave,” Carter told the newspaper. “She wouldn’t leave, and she threatened me, so I picked up my bat, pointed it at the door and told her she had to leave right now. The charges are hopefully being dropped. My attorney is working on it right now. So, really, I’m not worried about anything.”
Carter was a member of the 2006 Columbus team that won the Little League World Series over Japan. A left-handed pitcher, he won four games during the series, including the championship game in which he struck out 11.
Carter’s winning ways continued at Columbus High, helping his team win three state championships. As a senior was 12-2 on the mound with a 0.98 ERA. He also played center field and batted .302 with 14 homers and 31 RBIs.