“We’re Not Going To Sit A Player For Speeding”November 22nd, 2010
After Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams was arrested and charged with a DUI despite blowing a breath test that showed he was well within the legal limit of alcohol in his body, some neo-Prohibitionists pounded their canes on the sidewalk demanding the Bucs bench Williams, or worse.
After studying the details of the arrest, Bucs general manager Mark Dominik shot back at the critics and moralists, having Williams’ back with the quote of 2010 when he told Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times, “We’re not going to sit a player for speeding.”
The Bucs don’t excuse Williams’ decision to be out late when he had to report to the team facility for practice at 8 a.m. Friday. But his playing status was never really in doubt.
“We’re not going to sit a player for speeding,” general manager Mark Dominik said Saturday. “And it looks to us as though that’s really the only law he broke here.”
Dominik also had to consider the precedent around the NFL. Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was arrested on DUI charges in September after he blew a 0.16 on a Breathalyzer. He played the next game at Miami but didn’t start.
Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams had a second drunken-driving arrest since 2004 last week but still played against the Chiefs. The Broncos stripped him of being a team captain, and he did not start.
Once again Joe believes the absolute only way one can “lump” Williams, Aqib Talib, Jerramy Stevens and Tanard Jackson together is that each wore the same uniform when training camp broke.
Williams, to date, has not broken any laws. None. Stevens was caught red-handed with so much contraband, he was slapped with a felony charge. Jackson failed multiple banned substance tests. Talib’s misdeeds in the summer of 2009 are well-documented and undisputed.
The greatest “crime” Williams seems to have committed is the heinous black-man-driving-a-nice-car-after-dark law. At least it smells that way to Joe. It’s simply irresponsible to connect Williams with the other four Bucs/former Bucs aside from the fact they are/were all teammates.