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Bucs confident Mike Williams drug test was not a violation



You may have read on this afternoon that the Bucs' involvement in Mike Williams' independent urinalysis on Friday could be a potential violation of the league's drug-testing policy, but the team currently has no concerns it will be accused of wrongdoing.

Yes, it's true that teams aren't allowed to administer drug tests to players. That's the job of the league under the guidelines it has in place.

But here's the thing: That's not exactly what happened here.

In this case, Williams submitted to a urine test given by authorities after his Friday morning arrest on DUI charges because his blood-alcohol level was found to be lower than the legal limit (he was arrested because he failed a field sobriety test). Given that, Williams wanted a chance to clear his name with the team, and that's when the sides agreed to conduct the second test at an independent facility. The results, coach Raheem Morris said, came back clean earlier today.

If the Bucs had requested Williams submit to a urine test, perhaps that would change things. But if that's not what happened -- and it appears it did not -- then it's hard to see how the league would have much of a problem with this. Yes, league officials will probably be asking general manager Mark Dominik some questions to make sure that things are the way the Bucs claim. And that's something they should do to eliminate any possibility of a violation.

But in conversations this afternoon, it's been made clear to us the Bucs feel they are on solid footing here and aren't fearful they broke any rules. The feeling inside One Buc Place right now is that they did the right thing both in allowing Williams to take the second test and in standing behind their player.

[Last modified: Monday, November 22, 2010 8:00pm]


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