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Licht: Bucs have not heard from Williams since stabbing



ORLANDO -- More than 18 hours after police were called to the home of Bucs receiver Mike Williams to find he'd been stabbed in the thigh, Bucs general manager Jason Licht said neither he nor head coach Lovie Smith had talked to him about the injury.

"Obviously our primary focus is making sure he's OK," Licht said during a break at the NFL owners meetings. "We know he's been treated and released. We just want to make sure he's OK. We've reached out to Mike. We've yet to hear from him. From what I understand, he was treated and released. That's a good start."

An arrest warrant was issued late Sunday night for Williams' brother, Eric Baylor, 23, who has a felony charge of aggravated battery/domestic violence against him, accused of stabbing Williams in the left thigh with a kitchen knife. Baylor was not on the scene when police arrived, and officers remained there more than four hours later, interviewing several witnesses to clarify conflicting information about what happened.

Last month, after Williams made headlines for a misdemeanor arrest and for doing $43,000 damage to a rented home in a gated community, Licht had said Williams had to keep his name out of the newspapers for the wrong reasons. Having seen him now drawing more attention, even as the victim in a crime, Licht said he was disappointed by what had happened. 

"Disappointed, just that we had a player in that situation that could have been seriously injured," he said. "Our primary focus is making sure he's OK. We're gathering all the facts. We know about as much as you right now. Before I make any comment, I want to know what the situation was. I don't know any other facts right now."

Asked if he was surprised to have not heard from Williams after the injury, Licht said "I'm sure he's got a lot of things going on, and we have a lot of things going on right here. We do want to find out how he is health-wise and where his mindset is."

[Last modified: Monday, March 24, 2014 12:28pm]


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