CEDAR FALLS — A pair of current Northern Iowa football players have been arrested as part of a disturbance on College Hill on Sunday that saw the arrests of two former Panthers now in the National Football League.
Cedar Falls police arrested Xavior Lee Williams, 18, a redshirt freshman defensive back on the University of Northern Iowa’s squad, Thursday for misdemeanor assault on an officer. He was later released from jail.
Court records allege Williams was in the Sharky’s Funhouse beer garden and threw two cups of beer into the street near a police captain and a patrol officer who were handling a hostile crowd during the arrests of two NFL players. The hurled cups caused the officers to briefly stop what they were doing, records state.
Williams is currently awaiting trial for an operating while intoxicated charge from a January traffic stop. Williams has been suspended from all football-related activities.
Also arrested Thursday in connection with the Sunday fracas was junior defensive back Andre John Allen Jr., 21, of Cedar Falls. Allen is charged with misdemeanor interference and is accused of refusing police orders to leave the street and to move to the sidewalk. Video showed police approached Allen and told him to move back five times during the half-hour incident, according to court records.
Police had earlier arrested Deiondre Clifton Hall, 22, of the Chicago Bears, and Makinton Dorleant, 24, of the Green Bay Packers. Both are former Panthers.
Officers were called to the College Hill area shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday for a woman who had fallen. When they arrived, they noticed a bouncer at Sharky’s attempting to remove patrons, police said.
Hall was in the crowd waving his arms and yelling profanity at bar staff and others, court records state. Officers pulled him from the crowd, and he allegedly failed to follow instructions and then attempted to get away from police and spit at officers, records state.
After he was handcuffed, he allegedly refused to enter the back of a squad car, spurring an officer to stun his leg with a Taser to get him to comply, records state. He was arrested for interference, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Dorleant is accused of attempting to grab Hall during the arrest and then yelling and walking aggressively toward officers three times after Hall was taken from the scene, causing one of the officers to draw his baton. He was arrested for interference.
Dorleant later posted bail for Hall, court records show.