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February 12, 2014 @ 11:18 am
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Williams' Upcoming Court Date A Result Of Property Damage

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It was reported on Saturday that Bucs WR Mike Williams was facing a court date later this month, but details were not available regarding the circumstances. It was learned this week the incident was a result of damage to personal property. Williams will be arraigned on Feb. 24.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams is facing a court date later this month for an incident that occurred back in December according to court records obtained and a report by Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

According to the limited documents, it appears Williams caused approximately $200 worth of damage to a door, resulting in the complaint.

The Hillsborough State Attorney’s office has not released the discovery according to a spokesman; therefore the full details of the alleged incident haven’t been made public

The available records shows the incident occurred on Dec. 13, when Williams “without being authorized, licensed or invited, willfully enter(ed) or remain(ed) in the property of Gabrielle Edwards,’’ according to the charging document.

Williams “did willfully or maliciously injure or damage real or personal property belonging to Edwards, resulting in damage of $200 or less,’’ the document states.

Williams is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 24 on charges of misdemeanor criminal mischief and trespassing, according to the records.

Williams’ agent, Hadley Engelhard, could not be reached for comment.

On Saturday the Bucs issued a statement about the incident.

“We have spoken with Mike and the local authorities about the charges that have been filed,” Bucs spokesman Nelson Luis said. “All of our players are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the high character and moral responsibility that we demand as representatives of the Buccaneers organization.”

On January 30, 2014 PewterReport.com published a report about Williams' off-field activity that concerned the team based on information from the previous regime, who had deemed Williams' future with the Buccaneers could be in jeopardy due to missing or being late to rehab sessions and team meetings.

Williams missed 10 games last year due to a torn hamstring after signing a six-year, $40-million contract extension with Tampa Bay in July. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder caught 22 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Williams has 215 catches for 2,947 yards and 25 touchdowns in his four-year Buccaneers career.

Despite having first-round talent, Williams fell to the fourth round in 2010 after he was dismissed from Syracuse in 2008 due to academic reasons. He returned to the Orangemen for the 2009 season, but quit the football team in November.



Williams has only had one other brush with the law since coming to Tampa Bay as a fourth-round pick in 2010. In October of 2010, Williams was arrested on a DUI charge, but charges were dropped two months later after it urine tests revealed that the receiver did not surpass the legal limits of alcohol consumption when driving.

A correction to our previous reporting about Mike Williams' contract: According to ESPN's Pat Yasinskas, Williams contract includes guaranteed money in 2014 ($1.2 million) as well as in 2015 ($5.2 million). If the Bucs released him they would take a $6.4 million cap hit. Now the Bucs have the cap room to afford taking a hit if the team wanted to release him, as the previous regime was contemplating if he didn't have a great offseason, but that seems very unlikely under the new regime as Williams will be given a blank slate and fresh start to make a good first impression.

– Scott Reynolds contributed to this report
Last modified on Friday, 14 February 2014 10:21
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    @Horse: No. I am not kidding. Although I believe you have witnessed the male feeling superior over female activity, we don't know the "Whole" story. I do not condone domestic violence nor has Mike been charged with such. So, how can we summarize to the above conclusion. He may have kicked the door in or slammed it on the way out, there is still nothing indicated to say he was a male that felt superior to a female. The possibilities are accident, anger, retribution, etc. At any rate, were this not an accident, he would be better served to check himself before he let's his anger get him into deeper trouble.
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    I wish the details were available on what happened. It is just pure speculation, but a damaged door offense would lead me to think that he kicked it in. I guess she ticked off the wrong guy!
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    Much ado about nothing. Who hasn't gotten angry and slammed a door making a demonstrative exit? I suspect most of us here. Always looks worse when it's somebody else. Two hundred dollars is probably to fix the wood trim. Who knows what happened or what the girl said that may have provoked the young man to resort to the mildest form of violence short of stomping one's feet? Apparently this girl felt the need to exact revenge by calling in the police instead of a handyman and sending Mike the bill. Me, I would have taken the cash. Less hassle. Scubog likes a simple life.
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    For that minor of a violation, as long as there is full restitution and no prior record, the State Attorney's Office will often put the offender through an out of Court intervention program, and if successfully completed will then nol prosse the charges. I don't see this as a barrier to Williams playing for the Bucs this year, and this may be just the wake up call Williams needs to "Grow Up"! With the kind of money Williams is making he likely will have no problem finding attractive dates fighting over him, instead of him having to bother someone who doesn't want his company, but he is going to need to ditch his posse, and socialize with his team mates instead. But even with Williams coming back we will still need to draft another WR. The problem with Underwood is that he drops passes when he is scared of being hit, but he still has value because he has speed to get behind the Defensive Backs and then will catch the ball and score. But did you know that Skye Dawson ran a 4.39 at the combine, and that Owusu ran a 4.36 in his combine? However both Dawson and Owusu will have to have excellent coaching to try and turn them into a slot WR or the third WR, because neither one of them can run great routes and get open that way. The Coaches can't count on their development to what they need this off season. They are both raw talents and developmental players. But so was Dotson at one time, and he was our best lineman this last year, so everything is possible. Yet we still need a good TE too, and a CB who is a great tackler, a MLB, and a Veteran DE, at a minimum.
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    Here's hoping that big contract before last season didn't make him complacent and result in him misbehaving off the field. He certainly couldn't get separation when he did play last year. I'm hoping that was more related to his injury & eventual IR status. So far, his on-field performance is reminding me of another WR the Bucs thought would be great after his first year...Michael Clayton (!). I was thrilled when the Bucs drafted Williams because I saw him play in college (Syracuse) & he was unstoppable against my USF Bulls. He is young, and I'm certainly willing to give him the benefit of any doubt at this point.
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    This should not have been brought to court. If he was not an NFL player you would never heard about it as it would have been settled out of court. Just a waste of tax payer money and news for the media to make a story out of something that is nothing.
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    It seems like there's a campaign against mike. All this fuss for $200 worth of damage? I can't wait for the season to start
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    I just wonder if reflecting back on it whether he thinks he did something wrong, or is just sorry that he got caught and is being subjected to the media attention and reputation damage. Who is the victim in his eyes?
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    I have had several experiences with type of charges pertaining to tenant boy friends or ex boy friends on some of my rental properties. One of them went on to play in the NFL for a short time. It always ends up with restitution being immediately paid for the damages and a warning and restraining order if not already placed. This is what I can't stand about the arrogance that some male's have that they are superior to female's.
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    It would be really interesting in know the"WHOLE" story before we summarize to the "Male feeling superior to a female" theory. That's bordering on a domestic issue/situation of which MW has not been charged with.
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    Bones; you got to be kidding me.
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    That is a whole lot of money ($6.66m/year average) to pay to a receiver that has performed at a #2 level...64.3 catches per year average, not counting last year which was 22 before the injury, if that is factored in then only 54 catches/year. I think that for that much money, there are a lot of other options we could consider, or even for less money. I don't know if I am ready to say goodbye until there is a suitable replacement, but if one pops up in free agency.....Golden Tate, Hakeem Nicks, Anquan Boldin, Jeremy Macklin, Riley Cooper, Eric Decker. One of those guys has to be a better option?
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    Buctebow, I agree thats a lot of money to play a WR for only 64.3 catches per year. But MW is still young and hasn't reached his peak yet. I just dont see Tate, Nicks, or Cooper being better then MW. I think Decker is overrated and going to command a lot of money. He has greatly benefited from playing with Manning and Thomas. No way he puts up simular numbers this year with out Manning. The only 2 guys that would be comparable or better then MW are Macklin and Bolden. I keep hearing rumors about the Broncos going after Bolden. And with Macklin you never know how he is going to play after his injury. I really like Macklin before he got hurt.
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