Ahmad Dixon’s playing status for the Baylor University football team is uncertain after the senior safety’s Thursday arrest on a misdemeanor assault charge.
Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton reported Friday that officers obtained a warrant for Dixon’s arrest after investigating an alleged assault that took place on Sept. 16.
Dixon turned himself in and was booked into county jail on Thursday afternoon. He was released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond.
Whether Dixon might be suspended for Baylor’s next game against West Virginia Oct. 5 is unknown.
“We’re aware of the situation and it is being handled internally, as is our practice,” Baylor sports information director Heath Nielsen said.
Dixon’s lawyer, Jonathan Sibley, said, “We are looking forward to finding out more about the allegations. There are two sides to every story and we look forward to telling ours at the appropriate time.”
He said Dixon is still practicing with the team. Baylor coach Art Briles was unavailable for comment.
A 21-year-old man reported to police on Sept. 17 that his cousin called him to a Waco apartment on the night of Sept. 16. There he found Dixon, 22, and several other individuals inside playing video games.
The man told police Dixon accused him of breaking into Dixon’s apartment in the same complex several months prior to that night.
The victim denied it and then laughed, at which point Dixon allegedly punched the man several times in the face and head, police said.
The man said he did not report the assault immediately because he claims Dixon made threats against him and his family if the victim filed charges. Officers said they photographed visible injuries on the victim, including bruises to his face and injuries to the man’s arm and elbow.
Dixon has started a team-high 29 straight games for the Bears, who are 3-0 and ranked 19th in the country.
After starting at nickelback for the past two years, Dixon moved to safety this season and ranks third on the team with 17 tackles in Baylor’s first three games. In his four seasons at Baylor, Dixon has amassed 224 tackles, including 102 last season with two interceptions.
Dixon was a high school All-America player at Midway High School and a top recruit in Baylor’s 2010 signing class. He is also a top prospect for the 2014 NFL draft, and is ranked as the No. 3 strong safety in the country by NFLDraftScout.com.
In Baylor’s last game, a 70-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 21, Dixon didn’t play in the second half after injuring his wrist in the first half. He called the injury “day-to-day” after the game, and said it happened when he hit the wrist against another player’s helmet.