As the Aztecs get set to host our conference home opener Wednesday night against the Rebels it’s important that we reflect on one particular UNLV player who got his hands wrapped around a messy situation in the off-season.
We as the Show have come across some pretty nasty characters in opposing uniforms over the years. Players who have been suspended for drug use, drunk driving, fighting, and being Australian. But in this, my 6th season with the Show down in Row 1, I don’t think I have ever come across a player as cowardly and disgusting as UNLV’s Tre’Von Willis.
On Tuesday June 29, 2010 Tre’Von was arrested on chargers of Domestic Battery against his 26 year old girl friend. Willis spent the night in the Henderson Detention Center before his bail was posted at $18,637 the next day.Willis allegedly wrapped his hands around this ladies neck and choked her. Then he fled the scene before police arrived. He was then taken into custody 8 hours later.
The following 3 months were a mess of conflicting reports, hearings, arraignments, and ultimately a plea agreement signed on September 28th. Consistent with his cowardly acts of beating on a woman, then running from the cops, Willis denied ever having choked her. I’m not here to play detective, I will let the actual detectives tell you their conclusions of their report.
Willis, 22, had been involved in a relationship “full of turmoil and hardships” with 28-year-old Skye Sanders for more than a year, the report said.
About 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sanders’ Henderson apartment, the couple’s struggles escalated into a physical beating at the hands of the 6-foot-4 inch guard, according to the report.
The report said Willis was angry at Sanders because she wasn’t paying attention to him and, instead, was text messaging friends.
Sanders told police Willis said he was going out, and she replied she also was going out. Willis then overturned Sanders’ purse, dumping its contents while looking for her keys. Sanders laughed at Willis because her keys were not in her purse. That’s when Willis got physical with Sanders for the first time during their relationship.
“Willis had his thumbs in the center of her throat with his fingers wrapping around the sides of her neck,” the report stated. “Sanders stated that while Willis was choking her, Willis kept saying to her, ‘Say you’re sorry.’ ”
Sanders told police she was barely able to say she couldn’t breathe while Willis had his hands around her throat.
When police interviewed Sanders at her home, she was crying and nervously shaking. The reporting officer said he observed slight redness on the front of her neck, according to the report.
Police interviewed Willis at his Las Vegas apartment about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The report said Willis told police he was at Sanders’ apartment and did have a verbal altercation with her, but it didn’t turn physical.
Willis was arrested on charges of felony domestic battery by strangulation, felony grand larceny for stealing Sanders’ cell phone and misdemeanor coercion.
Ok. So we can all agree that Tre’Von Willis is a dirty, cowardly, scumbag both on and off the court. Had Willis been an Aztec, Steve Fisher would have kicked him off the team before Willis ever posted bail. Maybe we’re spoiled in having a classy coach who demands that his players represent their university and themselves with dignity and honor. I guess it shouldn’t surprise anyone that at a school located in Las Vegas, charges of domestic battery are glossed over even by the school itself. The punishment Willis agreed to in his plea deal included community service, rehabilitation counseling, and a threat of a 90 day jail sentence if he doesn’t stay out of trouble. The punishment handed down to him by his coach Lon Kruger? A 3 game suspension including 2 games against meaningless exhibition opponents and cupcake UC Riverside.
Justice apparently had it’s way through the legal system. Willis accepted a plea agreement and was judged. We at the Show respect that. However we will not stand for the injustice that went down after Kruger’s “slap on the wrist” punishment in the basketball world. 3 games for choking, stealing, and running away? Apparently coach Kruger believes in running his team true to his school mascot. The lawless nature of this event would make any Rebel proud.
So it’s our job to hand down justice. We plan on making it hell for Willis and giving him exactly what he deserves.
On Wednesday night, please bring your signs, bring your voices, and let’s send this coward back to his sin city where he belongs with another loss on his back.