Williams’ Off-Field Antics ExposedFebruary 21st, 2014
It seems the behavior of Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams away from the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway and One Buc Palace is a bit more concerning than previously known.
That’s what Joe can read from a detailed report of Greg Auman and Rick Stroud in today’s Tampa Bay Times. The duo dug through police records, talked to Williams’ neighbors and collected information that made the movie “Animal House” come to real life at Williams’ furnished Tampa rental.
Among the lowlights from the report:
* Stripper pole in the living room.
* Five known 911 calls between June and September 2013, highlighted by a kitchen fire.
* Property damage that eventually cost Williams more than $52,000.
* A massive no-holds barred party on the Friday before a road game at Dallas in 2012, a 16-10 Bucs loss, a throw-down he advertised on his Facebook page. There he claimed he sprang for the costs of flights and accommodations to bring revelers into town.
* Foot traffic at all hours of the night and day, replete with stretch limos.
* Mattresses left on the front lawn.
Joe saw Lovie Smith’s face and tone of voice turn stern yesterday like a disappointed parent when he spoke of the lackluster play of the offensive line and of Williams’ off-field behavior. Of Williams’ general troubles, Lovie flatly stated “We’re just not going to put up with it.”
It’s not to say the Bucs are going to cut Williams tomorrow. But Lovie and general manager Jason Licht have made their feelings known: Their patience will be short with further incidents.
“He has to prove that he shouldn’t make headlines off the field,” Licht said.
Let’s face it. Lovie and Licht did not draft Williams. They did not re-sign Williams. They don’t and, more importantly, won’t tolerate this nonsense much longer.
Given the fact that Licht told Joe Thursday the draft is so deep at wide receiver that guys normally who would be drafted in the first two days of the draft may not go until the third day this spring, well, it may be time for Williams to turn the corner on his hard-partying ways.
Williams lives in the posh gated community of Avila now and, thus far, there are no known hassles with neighbors or cops.