Report: Auburn’s dismissed wideout punched four people at bar

Duke Williams (No. 1) was more of a story off the field than on it for Auburn this season.

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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn would not go into specifics Monday in regards to why he dismissed Duke Williams, the team’s leading receiver over the past two seasons, except to say he was given his opportunities. 

“You give people chances, you give opportunities for people to prove themselves and the bottom line, it didn’t (work out),” Malzahn said. “It’s not easy and it shouldn’t be easy for a coach, but you’ve got to do what’s best for your team.”

However, according to a report by, Williams stands accused of punching four people at an Auburn bar Saturday.  

The report indicates the trouble began when a friend of Williams’ was asked to remove his sunglasses while inside the establishment, which is a violation of the bar’s dress code. The friend refused and was kicked out of the bar.

Williams allegedly struck two security guards, a bartender assistant and a patron of the bar. 

According to a witness, one of the accusers threatened to press charges against Williams unless the school took action against the receiver. 


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