Sheanon Williams - Vancouver Whitecaps

The assault charge against Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Sheanon Williams in connection with an alleged domestic incident has been stayed and is not being pursued by the prosecution, Whitecaps and MLS confirmed on Tuesday.

Williams has voluntarily entered into MLS’ Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Program and will be assessed by program doctors. He will be unavailable for both competition and team activities until that assessment is complete and he is cleared by program officials.

MLS is conducting an independent investigation into the matter; both the league and club have declined further comment on the matter until the conclusion of Williams’ SABH assessment and the league’s investigation.

Williams most recently played 90 minutes in Vancouver's 3-1 victory over Atlanta on June 3. The Whitecaps return to action against Minnesota United FC on Saturday (7:30 pm ET; TSN in Canada | MLS LIVE in US).