UTEP's Williams suspended indefinitely

Updated: December 9, 2005, 5:20 PM ET
Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas -- UTEP leading scorer Jason Williams apologized Friday following his indefinite suspension for punching teammate Stefon Jackson and breaking his jaw during practice.

"I'm here to apologize first and foremost to Stefon for the position I put him in," Williams said.

Williams, a senior forward who averages 15.4 points a game for UTEP (4-1), also apologized to his coaches, the university and fans.

Coach Doc Sadler announced the suspension Wednesday, a day after Williams punched the freshman during a "very competitive practice."

Williams said he agrees with Sadler's decision to suspend him.

"I'm a 100 percent behind his decision; I take responsibility for that," Williams said. "My main focus is that [Jackson] gets over this."

It is unclear when Jackson or Williams, who hasn't missed a start since transferring from Kilgore College in 2003, will play again for the Miners.

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