In the midst of March Madness action, professional football took center stage when the news ‘Mike Williams Stabbed’ began circulating around the internet.
If there was anyone you would think you could be safe around it would be family, but sadly that is not the case all too often. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver certainly learned that the hard way when he was stabbed in the thigh by his brother Sunday.
Exact details of the incident have not been released by authorities just yet, but they have said that they do consider it to be a domestic violence incident and not accidental. A warrant has been issued for Williams’ brother, Eric.
Word as of Monday morning is that Williams is physically okay, but his status with the team’s new head coach, Lovie Smith, does appear to be on shaky ground.
“There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing,” said Smith. “No one is bigger than this football team. He has to understand that.”
Williams has had a number of run-ins with the police at his residence, a private, gated community in Tampa Bay. He’s been charged with trespassing, criminal mischief, and has angered several of his neighbors with his wild house parties. While his ‘criminal activity’ pales in comparison to what many other NFL players have done it still cast the kind of shadow that team’s are trying to get away from.
“…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,” Smith said.
Whether what he’s done is enough to make Tampa Bay want to take some sort of action with him remains to be seen. Williams did sign a new 6-year, $40 million contract last season with $9.4 million guaranteed.
Football aside, it appears like he is going to recover from the wound and be just fine. After Sean Taylor was shot in the upper leg during a home invasion–a wound that he later died from–when the news first broke of Williams where he was stabbed was an immediate concern.
So hearing that he is physically okay is good news. Now what happens to his football career is another matter, but at least he’s alive.[H/T B/R]