University of Wisconsin running back Lance Smith was arrested after a weekend dispute with his girlfriend over cab fare, Madison police said.
The 19-year-old Warren, Ohio, native was being held today in the Dane County Jail on tentative charges of false imprisonment, robbery and battery as he awaits formal charges.
Smith is subject to the UW's student-athlete disciplinary policy, and faces possible suspension from the team. Athletic department spokesman Justin Doherty said Monday afternoon that the school is aware of the incident and is "in the process of gathering facts about what happened" before making any decision on Smith's status.
According to Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain, sometime after midnight Saturday, Smith and his girlfriend got into a dispute over how much money she owed him for cab fare -- he said $10, she claimed she owed him $5.
The woman told police that during the dispute, Smith -- whose legal name is Smith-Williams -- would not let her out of his North Randall Street apartment and pushed her down as she tried to leave.
Smith then told the woman to go to a nearby convenience store to get change for a $20 bill, but allegedly followed her, still arguing, and pushed her down in the store, the woman told police.
As she fell, the woman dropped the $20 bill and Smith allegedly picked up the cash and took her shoes, DeSpain said.
The woman called police to report the incident Saturday afternoon, and Smith was arrested.
Smith, a Warren, Ohio, native, was the Badgers' second-leading rusher last year with 345 yards on 95 carries and scored five touchdowns. He is expected to share time in the backfield this year with reigning Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year P.J. Hill.
My question is why we he be so stupid. Does he not care about his football career. Obvoiusly he does not care about the team or his future. And all this is about five dollars? This kind of crap makes me so mad. On that note, GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!