Williams reaches agreement to resolve misdemeanor charges
Bucs receiver Mike Williams has been approved for a misdemeanor intervention program that will allow charges of trespass and criminal mischief to be dropped if he completes what is required.
Williams, 26, wasn't in court Thursday, and the details of the program may not be determined for another month. Typically, an MIP agreement involves a short probationary period and can include community service or anger-management counseling.
"I think he's happy to get this behind him," said attorney Stephen Romine. "He's looking forward to preparing for the upcoming season and putting this attention behind him. The only attention he'll be getting will be for his performance (on the field)."
Williams' charges stemmed from a December incident with his girlfriend at the time, Gabrielle Edwards. Romine said he was trying to get valuables from her home -- even had his mother with him at the time -- but in doing so had banged on the front door hard enough to knock it off its hinges. Williams had paid for the damages on the scene, and Romine said police arrived but did not make an arrest.
Romine said Edwards had met Williams that night at the Hard Rock Casino and attended other family events, and charges came unexpectedly and much later. Williams has had other off-field problems since, agreeing to pay for nearly $50,000 in damages to a home he had rented in a gated community in Lutz. On Sunday, he was taken to the hospital after police say his brother, Eric Baylor, stabbed him in the thigh during an argument in his home in Avila.
Baylor is now facing a felony charge of aggravated battery/domestic violence, and Williams is expected to meet soon with Bucs coach Lovie Smith to discuss the details of what happened. Williams initially told police the stabbing was accidental, but police said the act was intentional after interviewing several witnesses who were at Williams' home on Sunday night.