According to reports, Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams has been taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital after being stabbed by his brother, who is being sought by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for questioning.
Few details have emerged in the story that was first broken by WTSP Channel 10 on Sunday evening.
The Buccaneers released a statement on Sunday, shortly after in the incident was reported.
“We are aware of the situation that occurred at the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional information. While we have limited knowledge at this time, our primary concern is for the safety and well being of all involved. We will refrain from further comment until we can get a better understanding of the situation.”
Williams’ name has been in the headlines a number of times over the last couple months, enough to draw the ire of head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht.
Smith commented on Williams’ troubles back in February at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
“There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team,” Smith said in February. “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.”
On January 30, PewterReport.com wrote an article detailing the former regime’s issues with Williams that included being fined for missing or being late to meetings and rehab assignments, and there was serious discussion about possibly releasing Williams before the 2014 season by the previous regime.
Also this year, a misdemeanor property damage claim was filed in Hillsborough County claiming Williams did damage to a door in some type of altercation. That case is still pending.
In February, the Tampa Bay Times exposed more negative news for Williams, revealing his weekend parties at a home he was renting were upsetting to neighbors and Williams also has to pay $43,000 in damages to the rental home.
It was also revealed at least five 911 calls were made during the time of Williams lease.
PewterReport.com will update this story as we gather new details.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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