This post has been updated with a statement from the Whitecaps
Whitecaps right back Sheanon Williams was arrested Thursday morning and charged with “assault in connection with an alleged domestic incident” according to an MLS press release.
While the statement put out by the league is short on details, it did note that Williams is suspended pending an investigation by both the Vancouver Police Department and MLS. The 27-year-old will also undergo a substance abuse assessment, indicating that drugs and/or alcohol may well have been part of the incident.
Below is a separate statement from the Whitecaps:
Yesterday, Sheanon Williams was charged with assault related to an alleged domestic dispute.
We are working closely with MLS and local authorities and fully support the league's swift action to suspend the player while further investigation takes place.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC is a values based organization and we expect all members of the club to act in a manner that reflects our values both on and off the field.
As the matter remains under investigation, we are unable to provide further comment at this time.
While details are still scarce, obviously the first priority should be Sheanon making amends for any wrongdoing here and, especially if substance abuse is involved, get himself straight. The soccer part comes secondary.
That being said, the suspension deals a major blow to a Caps side already crushed by injuries. As the team waits for Bernie Ibini and Yordy Reyna to return from their long term ailments, Costa Rican national duty resulted in both Christian Bolanos and Kendall Waston being out for a least a couple of weeks. Midfielder Nicholas Mezquida is also dealing with an ankle injury.
The Caps are looking to be in rough shape depth wise for their Saturday clash against FC Dallas. Rookie Jakob Nerwinski has started at that right back before and could be called upon to do so again on Saturday.
Update June 19th, 2017
Assault charges against Whitecaps defender Sheanon Williams have been stayed, meaning he will not face prosecution. The courts can elect to charge him though some time over the next year. It is unclear what this will mean for Williams regarding his suspension and what the Vancouver Whitecaps will elect to do with his association with the club.