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November 19, 2010 @ 8:18 am
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Williams Arrested For DUI

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UPDATED 9:54: Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams was arrested for suspicion of DUI on Friday morning according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has posted that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams was arrested for suspicion of DUI. The arrest took place in Brandon at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Causeway Blvd. He blew a .065 according to the police report. The legal limit is 0.08 percent and Williams was below that.

The 23-year old Williams status for Sunday's game at the San Francisco 49ers will now be in question. Entering the NFL in last April's NFL Draft Williams fell to the fourth round due to character concerns. Tampa Bay's front office felt that they had a complete understanding of Williams' issues at Syracuse that caused him to be suspended and quit the football team. Williams has been one of the Buccaneers best players in the 2010 season.

Per Bucs P.R. maven Jonathan Grella, Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik issued this comment on the DUI arrest of Mike Williams: "We are in the process of gathering all the facts. Mike has been very cooperative."

This season Williams has been the Buccaneers leading receiver. He has caught 40 passes for 627 yards and five touchdowns. Williams (6-1, 212) has been the Bucs starting X (split end) receiver since the offseason practices. If Williams is deactived for Sunday's game Tampa Bay could start wide out Micheal Spurlock, Sammie Stroughter, Preston Parker, or Maurice Stovall in his place. Spurlock may be the most likely candidate.

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    IMO, if he needs a lawyer he needs to get Jim Leyritz lawyer. He beat the DUI manslaughter charge with a blood test of 1.4.He also failed the field test that was given at the scene.
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    My son (18 at the time) was arrested for suspicion of DUI. Here is what happened with him. He was driving 10 mph over the speed limit on his way home at 11:00pm +/- when the FHP pulled him over. The officer asked him to get out of the car and performed a field sobriety test. My son failed so they had his car impounded and refused to allow him to call his parents and took him to jail. His friend who was with him walked to our house and told us. Eventually all of the tests came back negative, zero of any alcohol or drug. Oh, why did he fail the field sobriety test? Because he had only been released two weeks earlier from an eight month stay in the hospital for leukemia and could barely walk. He told the officer that he couldn't walk right (drop-foot from 8 months in bed) but the genius said he was lying. My son weighed about 80 pounds and was obviously not in good health. But that didn't matter to this guy who had an obvious lack of judgement. Lucky they didn't let him call his parents or Mom would have been arrested.
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    This is RIDICULOUS! How 'bout the drunks rolling out of "Billies" at 3am destined to kill someone, with an intox leve of 2.2. this is HARRASSMENT TO THE NTH DEGREE. UNFREAKINBELIEVABLE! and I'm disappointed in ALL Buc fans down on this guy. FU! The Buc "fans' our pathetic!
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    The fact that he agreed to take a urine test tells me that he wasn't worried about drugs or anything else, so why is everyone freaking out about it. He doesn't have to take a urine test unless it is court ordered; he can refuse it, get his lawyer, and the judge can order him to, but that's not what happened. He agreed. He went home with his speeding ticket, and I'm sure that's all he ends up with.
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    He was going 12 miles over the speed limit and was not drunk. My hats off the the kid for not driving drunk. The article on ESPn said he was swerving through traffic. How much traffic is there at 3am?
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    wnb0395, i don't know about that as I-4, I-75, & I275 still have traffic as I have driven those Interstates several times on my way to Ft. Myers at that time of night . Also when you are stopped for speeding, if it is a nice police officer, they will usually charge you going less than 15 mph over the speed limit in order to save you for getting a Reckless Driving ticket over 15 mph which will raise your insurance and take more points off your driver license. Of course if you moth off you can expect the worse and I don't believe Williams did that.
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    I don't remember the law in FL, but I know where I live you can refuse to take field sobriety tests. Honestly, after a long day even if I had had no alcohol, I'm not sure I could pass the field sobriety test. Fortunately, I've never had to take one, but seriously, it's a trap. I realize that it can be useful, but outside of blowing in the breathalyzer, I would refuse any other tests. I'm not saying he wasn't guilty of anything, none of us know, but since he blew under the legal limit, (I know this is a sensitive subject and it should be) I think he needed a slap on the wrist and told to call a taxi. From the outside looking in, I'd say, You gotta be smarter than that, Mike. Drinking and driving is serious business and I'm guessing you could have afforded to call a taxi or a friend that time in the morning.
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    Starting to look like a substance other than alcohol is the issue. We will see with the blood test. Raheem has to send a strong message. Issues like these seperate the good coaches from the "players" coach. Dammit 19 use your head.
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    It was 3am. For all we know he could have been impaired because he was very sleepy after a few drinks. We won't know for sure until the urine test comes back. In any case, let's not forget that he is a 22 year old one year removed from college that blew under the legal limit before we condemn him in the court of public opinion.
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    they should sit him down for this game and lets hope the urine test shows nothing......that won't be till after the season....lets hope he learns from this.
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    Why should they sit him down? Wait until the facts are in.
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    It is not possible to stay out that late and just drink one or two beers. He had to be doing something else.........like getting laid. Think back to when you were that age. There can't be any other explanation. That is the only reason any young guy is up all night. Give the young man some credit for limiting his alcohol intake. Now he knows he can't speed, and he shouldn't drive home when he is the only traffic on the road. Live and learn. We all had to do it. This is not a bad kid. Don't pile on him. Man cannot live on bread alone. He must have peanut butter.
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    I love how people are focusing on the one test he passed. HELLO!!! The guy failed the overall test, maybe we should be worried about that. If the guy is a light weight surely he knows that by now and shouldn't have been driving (bad judgement), if it was pot then we have a problem of a different kind, if he had no substances and still failed there is a big problem somewhere. Whatever way you look at this there is an issue that needs dealing with. Plus he was pulled over because he was driving in a wreckless manner (Speeding for one), he did commit a crime even if he was under .08, so quit making him out as an innocent victim here.
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    I like how people are trying to talk about the law, but they don't know what the hell the law is. Yes, you can be arrested for an DUI even if you pass the breathalizer test. I was charged for a DUI 4 year ago and I didn't have a ounce of alochol in my system. If the officer thinks you are imparied and you fail other field soberity test YOU WILL GET ARRESTED!! Urine test are order to see what drug actually impaired the driver. If those test come back negative then charges are usually dropped. I had a good lawyer so I was able to get out of my charges
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    First, lets not disrespect our law enforcement. He was speeding and got stopped; then took the sobriety test. Regardless of what the charges will be, this is a wake up call for Williams, the Bucs, and the NFL. The NFL will take some action of some sort and put him on some kind of program. If I am coaching this team, I am sending a strong message by sitting him out for this game and making him stay home.
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    the problem is just because you blow below the legal limit doesn't mean you won't be arrested. The ".08" is a number the state came up with as a cut-off point. Once you hit ".08" there's no questions asked, it a DUI/DWI. Anything below ".08" is at the discretion of the officer. If the officer feels that the driver is unable to function properly or unable to operate a vehicle and he has alcohol in his system he can still be charged with DUI/DWI. I learned this from personal experience, I blew a ".05" in 2003 and was charged with DUI. For all we know Mike Williams is a light weight and only needs 2 or 3 beers to be buzzed and it affected his driving.
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    Is somebody going to tell me, that an athlete with his body control can't pass a field sobriety test with only .06? Seriously? If his urine is clean, then we have an over zealous cop. The reason he was pulled over was for speeding, not weaving.
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    Just so you guys know, a cop can arrest you for blowing under the legal limit all he wants as long as he believes you are impaired! If Williams failed the field sobriety test then that's plenty reason to make an arrest...I just hope his pee comes back clean...please not another retard...I mean tanard!! Let's hope he learns and grows the hell up!
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    As long as he wasn't one of Jeremy Steven's clients he'll be fine.
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    How long will it take for the urine results to come back?
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    this is a young man in need of guidance...has nobody told him there's NOTHING fun in Brandon?
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    Guys...Mike was at club Boomerang in Brandon. Thursday night is a very popular ladies night at this club. He had a couple drinks, and blew under the limit. He didn't refuse to blow, or take the tests, which is admirable. To this point, no law has been broken. Just a side note, 2 beers or 1 drink in an hour will blow a .06.
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    Legal Limit = 0.08; Williams 0.063.... ummmmmm and the problem is? If I'm Williams, I'm thanking my lucky stars it wasn't over the limit. If I'm the BUCS, I'm taking this as a mentoring opportunity to help the kid understand what the consequences COULD have been. If I'm his team mate, I'm kicking him in the butt. If I'm his lawyer, I would be asking why on earth he was arrested in the first place. Some local cop trying to sabotage the bucs season? SERIOUSLY?
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    The issue here seems to only be his judgement. There is NO reason he should be out that late. Let's hope the urine test (which he should have denied) comes back clean. If it does not, he's subject to the NFL Drug Policy even though the NFL didn't take the test. We can't afford to not have him, use better judgement Mike.
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    Arrest time: 2:48, not 4:44.
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    http://www.hcso.tampa.fl.us/PublicInquiry/ArrestInquiry/ViewArrest?id=10056955&k1=8cd55e191c53006&k2=MTIxNjU0MDgyMQ%3d%3d Arrest time: 2:48 a.m., not 4:44 a.m.
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    http://www.hcso.tampa.fl.us/PublicInquiry/ArrestInquiry/ViewArrest?id=10056955&k1=8cd55e191c53006&k2=MTIxNjU0MDgyMQ%3d%3d Arrest Time: 2:48 a.m., not 4:44 a.m.
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    He blew under the limit but they said he failed the field sobriety test. If the sheriff thought he was on something other then alchol they order a urine test. Which is what they did. If that comes out clean then it will be a lesson learned and nothing more. We need you Mike. Get you head out of your a$$.
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    Sachanta, it usually takes at least an hour, sometimes more than two, from when the officer makes the arrest until the person is booked. Doesn't mean he was out at 4:44 a.m.
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    I just looked at the booking report. it shows he was arrested at 4:44AM and released at 8:04AM after posting bond.
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    He shouldn't have been in this position, however, since when do people get arrested for being under the legal limit? Some cop making a name for himself? Go Bucs!
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    Sorry, don't have a lot of experience with DUI's, but if he was under the legal drinking limit, why was he arrested?
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    Come on, Mike. Use your head. You don't need to be out at 4am. Nothing good happens at that hour.
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    I just looked at the booking report. it shows he was arrested at 4:44AM and released at 8:04AM after posting bond.
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    I just looked at the booking report. it shows he was arrested at 4:44AM and released at 8:04AM after posting bond.
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    Everyone needs to remember that this kid is just that: a kid. So he went out on a Thursday night, 3 days before his game.. give me a break. So he's supposed to never have a social life? He practiced all week, and went out, I believe, the night before his entire next day will be spent on a plane and doing nothing but studying. Better than the night before a practice. He was under the legal limit, and that's all that matters. I don't believe he should be punished, and this actually may be good for him, because Raheem will probably sit down with him and say, "look, if you had a couple more beers, you'd have been suspended and proving all those other teams right. So look out from here on out." It's basically a scare for him, without it being real trouble. Keep up the good work, Mike, just watch yourself.
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    Due process people. But putting himself in that position is dumb dumb dumb. What is wrong with crashing at a buds place if you're drinking a little. Especially if you're in a town where there is nothing going on.
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    Hope there is nothing other than booze that they charge him with being impaired... if prescriptions, grass, other drugs come out will be bad.... If only booze, early wake up call... slap on the wrist... move on....
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    I'm disappointed in him t hat he got stopped in the first place, and ESPECIALLY that he was drinking and out that late in the middle of a game planning week... However... Under the limit? What's the issue? How can you be arrested when you're below the legal limit? This can't possibly hold up. In no way will I make excuses for him, he shouldn't be hanging out that late when preparing for a team anyway...
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    I'm interested to hear why the HPD pulled him over if he blew well under the legal limit. Drinking and Driving definitely shouldn't be condoned HOWEVER, it seems more and more like Tampa's Police Department motto has become........ Tampa police tough on CITIZENS, easy on Bums!
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    Under the limit, nothing to see here, please move along. Should a greater focus on maturity been present, particularly in a "risky" player's case? Sure. Is he a 23 year old about to play his first NFL game out in Cali who had a beer or two while out blowing off some pre-trip jitters? Yup. Again, UNDER the legal limit, probably a few beers or a shot or two while out.... in BRANDON? Maybe at a buddies house? I guess there are a few places out in Brandon. Better than the "scrip club" from my perspective.
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    Dammit good thing our receivers are bad asses and we wont miss him much for this game. hope sammie is back!!!!
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    That's a HUGE drop, Mike ...
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    Well this sucks. On the bright side he was below the legal limit so there’s a chance these charges are garbage and get dropped with no suspension. On the downside, what the he!! is mike going out driving around at 3 AM on a Thursday night before an away game? Pretty knucklehead thing to do. Right now every GM in the league is saying SEEEE!!! We knew he was trouble!!! Mike, like Blount, has to try even harder than anyone else to stay out of trouble. There is a microscope on them and people are just waiting for them to F up. Gotta do a better job at keeping himself out of bad situations….like driving around at 3AM.
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    HOW DARE HE DRIVE WHILE UNDER THE LEGAL LIMIT.
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    Hopefully he just gets penalized by not starting the game. We need him!
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    DISAPPOINTED!
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