Nets' Williams arrested after altercation

Updated: March 17, 2009, 10:17 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- New Jersey Nets forward Sean Williams was arrested Monday at a cell phone store in a mall in suburban Denver on accusations that got into an argument with a clerk and threw a computer monitor. He wasn't available to play against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

Nets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe said the team was told of the incident.

Williams is averaging 2.5 points in 30 games this year.

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The arrest was Williams' second this year. He was arrested by Boston College campus police in February for allegedly violating a no-trespassing order dating back to May.

The Nets also were without star guard Devin Harris, who sprained his left shoulder Sunday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Coach Lawrence Frank said Harris will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

At about 2 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a disturbance at a cell phone store at the Park Meadows Mall, Detective Sgt. Ron Pinson of the Lone Tree police said.

"The investigation indicated that Sean Williams had been involved in a verbal altercation with the clerk at the store," Pinson said in a release. "He then picked up a computer monitor and threw it inside the store. The monitor was broken and also caused damage to a printer and signature pad."

Damages were estimated at $1,200 to $1,300, he said.

Pinson said Williams was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and felony criminal mischief. He was taken into custody without any further incident and transported to the Douglas County Jail, where he posted bond. Pinson didn't know the amount of Williams' bond.

"The Nets have been made aware of a police incident this afternoon involving Nets center Sean Williams," Vandeweghe said in the statement. "We are currently looking into the details surrounding the incident, and since it is an ongoing police investigation, we will have no further comment."

It wasn't clear if Williams would accompany the team's flight home.

Williams' Boston-based lawyer, Howard Fisher, said the player was invited to the Eagles' Feb. 15 home game against Duke by a member of Boston College's coaching staff and blamed the arrest by campus police on "lack of communication" between the staffer and campus police.

The police report said Williams was belligerent when police tried to arrest him and wrote obscenities instead of his name on the fingerprint card and trespass warning.

Williams was dismissed from the Boston College team in January 2007 for multiple rules violations that included an arrest for marijuana possession in 2005. That charge was dropped after he completed a rehabilitation program.


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