Bucs WR Williams facing trespass, mischief charges
Bucs receiver Mike Williams, who missed the final 10 games of last season with a hamstring injury, now finds himself facing off-field problems as well, with an arraignment in court later this month on misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing from an unspecified December incident.
Williams, 26, is due in court Feb. 24, according to the Hillsborough County clerk's office. Williams could not immediately be reached for comment. The charges were first reported by Bay News 9 on Friday.
"We have spoken with Mike Williams and the local authorities regarding the charges that have been filed against him," the Bucs said in a statement issued by director of communications Nelson Luis. "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."
Williams signed a six-year, $40-million extension with the Bucs in July after totaling 23 touchdown catches in his first three seasons with the Bucs. He was limited by the injury in 2013, finishing with 22 catches for 216 yards and two scores before being placed on injured reserve and missing the final 10 games.
These charges are believed to be the first against Williams since his rookie year in 2010, when he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence; prosecutors dropped that charge two months later. Williams was drafted with some off-field concerns, however, having been dismissed from Syracuse in 2008 amid academic concerns. He returned to the school and team in 2009, only to quit the team in November of his final season.