Waters charged with assault and battery

Rookie third-round pick Anthony Waters was in court Friday in Horry County, S.C. after being charged with hitting a man who had thrown a rock at his car, according to WPDE Myrtle Beach. An arrest warrant claims that on July 3, 2007, Waters and friend Brian Rogers pummeled 18-year-old Colby Sarvis on the head and body following the rock-throwing incident.

Reportedly, Waters was driving down Nichols Highway when Sarvis -- who was riding in the car in front of Waters -- turned and threw a rock through Waters' windshield, causing $350 worth of damage. This led to the roadside confrontation.

Waters and Rogers are charged with simple assault and battery, while Sarvis is charged with malicious damage to personal property. Each of the three men has been released on $1,000 bond, and no trial date has been set for any of the defendants.

The arrest is unsettling news for the Chargers, as the team made character-conscious roster purges this offseason. Veterans Terrence Kiel and Ryan Krause were both released following legal transgressions during the season.

However, it is not believed that this arrest will tarnish Waters' reputation, given the unusual progression of events. Waters has impressed the team throughout Mini Camps and offseason coaching sessions with his attitude and work ethic.

Waters is still rehabbing from an ACL injury that cost him his senior season at Clemson. It is that injury that allowed the Chargers to steal the powerful inside linebacker in round three, as he likely would have been a first-round pick had he stayed healthy.

Waters will compete with Tim Dobbins and fellow rookie Brandon Siler for playing time in a deep inside linebacker rotation.

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