Bucs WR Williams stabbed in leg at his Tampa home
Bucs receiver Mike Williams was stabbed in the thigh at his home in Tampa Sunday night and is being treated at St. Joseph's Hospital, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's department spokesperson.
Cristal Bermudez Nunez, a Hillsborough County Sheriff's department spokesperson, told the Tampa Bay Times that Williams' brother is suspected of stabbing him. Authorities are not releasing the brother's name at this time but say he is an at large suspect.
Bermudez Nunez said the 911 call orginally indicated that the injury resulted from 'horseplay.' Authorities are continuing to interview witnesses, including Williams, and are unaware why his brother has not been available.
Bucs coach Lovie Smith, when reached at the NFL owner's meetings in Orlando, said 'there was an incident involving Mike and we are gathering information.
"He may have been the victim,'' Smith said.
The incident occurred at the home Williams is renting in the posh, gated community of Avila at 17027 Candeleda De Avila.
It's not the first time Williams has had some trouble at his home. While living in a 5,400-square-foot home in the Sanctuary on Livingston development in Lutz, Williams lifestyle resulted in at least five calls to 911 from June to September last year, a lawsuit and threats of eviction, with Williams, 26, agreeing in September to pay more than $43,000 in damages (plus attorney fees), extend his lease by one month (at $6,000) and surrender a $3,600 security deposit.
Williams also faces trespassing and criminal mischief charges after an incident in December.
There's a pattern here and it's disturbiung,'' Smith said of Williams in Feb. "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," Smith added. "There's a standard. We're just not going to put up with it, no matter who it is.
The Bucs released a statement saying they were aware of the incident.
"We are aware of the situation that occured 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 bring of all involved. We will refrain from further comment until we can get a better understanding of the situation.''