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
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