Family AffairApril 8th, 2014
So ex-communicated Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams has landed in Buffalo. For the first time Joe can recall since going on the injured reserve list last season, Williams met with the fourth estate; only this time it was the Buffalo pen and mic club rather than the locals in Tampa.
Williams was asked about his grievous sins in Tampa Bay, such as loud music, a mattress in the front yard, and an alleged stripper pole in his house (Joe had never heard of anyone looking down their noses at a stripper pole until Williams’ former neighbor popped off).
Williams apparently gave a very bad performance, per Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News, initially claiming most of their heinous charges against him were lies, but when asked to elaborate, he ducked under the cloak of the Bills’ media relations staff, claiming he was told not to talk about the subjects (then why even respond to the question?).
But Williams did say something that raised Joe’s eyebrow.
“I think one of my big mistakes is really trying to take care of too many people and trying to make too many people happy,” Williams said. “Instead of me going out and doing what I have to do first, and then whatever after that.”
Williams said he does not expect that playing in Buffalo, where he knows so many people, will cause more distractions for him.
“No, I’ve been in the league for five years,” he said. “Even with me being in Tampa, people would try to fly down, get 100 tickets, this that. I learned how to adjust. One big thing is, I learned how to say no. Me being back home I’m going to just take it like me being at Syracuse or Riverside.”
Williams later said again he had learned to say “no,” but has he?
Joe heard the main culprits in all Williams’ messes were “family members.” And it was his brother who knifed him in the leg, police say.
Hey, if Bucs coach Lovie Smith wanted Williams gone because of this, well, fine. Joe just remembers Raheem Morris’ rare vision of clarity when he said of Stylez White, “I’ll tolerate you ’til I replace you.”
If loud music and a mattress in the front yard is enough to run a quality player, Joe wonders what the penalty is for driving 100 mph at night down an Alabama highway allegedly with weed in the car.
Joe has heard of innocent fatalities caused by reckless speeding not to mention an impaired driver. But Joe has never heard of someone snuffed out by loud music or an abandoned mattress.