Former player wanted for assault

By Michael McFall, Staff Writer

Marquis Wilson, a dismissed Utah football player accused of assault, has a warrant out for his arrest.

According to a police report, Wilson and an acquaintance, Jonathan Williams, were playing pool at the Golden Trails strip club on Christmas Eve, when Wilson punched Williams in the face. Witnesses said Williams “was running his mouth and aggravating” Wilson, according to the report.

A bartender, not named in the report, told police she saw Wilson continue to punch Williams five times. Williams also told police he thinks he was hit by a bottle.

By the time Salt Lake police arrived at the club, Wilson and the friends he had arrived with had disappeared.

Williams was transported to the U Hospital with two missing teeth, a hole in his lip and blood on his face and clothes.

Last month, the Utah Third District Court issued a warrant for simple assault, a class A misdemeanor, and set his bail at $5,000. Police have not found him, said Salt Lake Detective Dennis McGowan.

The football team dismissed Wilson on Dec. 15, nine days prior to the alleged assault, said Liz Abel, assistant director for the athletics department.

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