Police: Damage to door prompted Williams' charges
Bucs receiver Mike Williams is due in court later this month on misdemeanor charges because of minor damage caused to a Hillsborough County woman's front door, according to documents from the state attorney's office.
Williams, 26, is facing a charge of trespass, a first-degree misdemeanor, as well as a second-degree count of criminal mischief, which by Florida Statutes covers any act to "willfully and maliciously injure or damage" property with damages of $200 or less. According to the charges, Williams trespassed at the property of Gabrielle Edwards on Dec. 13, and the unspecified damages were done to her front door. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office turned its findings over to the state attorney's office, which found enough evidence to press charges; Williams has an arraignment Feb. 24.
Williams signed a six-year, $40-million extension with the Bucs last summer, but played only six games in 2013 due to a hamstring injury that put him on injured reserve for much of the year. The Bucs have a new coach in Lovie Smith and a new general manager in Jason Licht and issued a brief statement Saturday after Williams' charges were made public.
"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 is the third Bucs player to face criminal charges in 2014; running back Michael Hill was arrested in Missouri on a charge of resisting arrest and was waived Monday by the team, and defensive tackle Akeem Spence was charged in Alabama with possession of marijuana. Williams' charges would typically result in a term of probation and community service for a first-time offender.