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Mike Williams' attorney: Client 'had nothing to hide'



Since his arrest in November, Mike Williams has remained confident the case would result in his exoneration, his attorney said.

"He was very upset that he was arrested and it really hurt him, but he is thankful (for the outcome)," attorney Andrew Shein said. "He had nothing to hide and he was not worried when the State of Florida was taking his urine because he knew there was nothing in there illegal. He had nothing to worry about."

Williams was arrested largely on the basis of his driving and the field sobriety test administered at the scene (blood-alcohol tests in Hillsborough County are done after the arrest), but Shein contends the field test -- of which there is video -- was not indicative of anything.

"Mike Williams was not impaired that evening and the videotape confirms that," Shein said. "That's what we always maintained. The State Attorney's office reviewed all the evidence in this case and they came to the same conclusion."

Williams won't face charges, but this all took a bit of an emotional toll, Shein said, considering the questions about his history at Syracuse and his attempt to walk a straight-and-narrow path since being drafted.

"He was obviously very upset at the fact he was arrested because he had come to the Bucs and was having a great year and working real hard and didn't want anything to detract from the team because of team goals and also for himself," Shein said. "It really hurt him. But he was confident from the beginning that all the facts would come out and he thanks the Bucs organization, teammates and fans who all stood by him during this incident. He was just glad that it was able to be resolved quickly."

[Last modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 1:54pm]


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