Tampa Buccaneers Mike Williams Stabbed by Brother
Per a report from Bobby Lewis of WTSP CBS News affiliate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams has been hospitalized after his brother allegedly stabbed him in the thigh. A spokeswoman from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office confirmed the stabbing, saying it happened Sunday afternoon. The incident follows a pattern of off-the-field troubles for the football player, and his status after the latest incident is uncertain.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, police have received at least five 911 calls last year from June to September and has also been threatened with lawsuits and eviction. Williams avoided the civil issues by agreeing to pay attorney fees, extending his lease, and surrendering a security deposit. He is also facing charges for criminal mischief and trespassing and was due to be arraigned Monday morning. When asked at the NFL Combine about the troubles Williams has been going through, Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith had this to say :
There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team. He has to understand that.
Have I been disappointed in Mike Williams? Of course. There’s a standard. We’re just not going to put up with it, no matter who it is. You have to be good on the field and off the field. Simple as that. And if you’re not doing what you need to do one or the other, you have problems and that’s where Mike has to take care of a few things.
Williams was originally drafted by the Buccaneers in the 4th round (101st overall) of the 2010 NFL draft out of Syracuse University. In his career, he has 212 receptions for 2,927 yards and 25 touchdowns. He signed a five-year, $39.6 million contract with $9.4 million guaranteed in 2013.