Bucs official says Mike Williams won’t play

The story of the arrest of Buccaneers receiver Mike Williams is playing out in real time, and as usual, that means conflicting information is flying.

One Buccaneers official told Adam Schefter of ESPN this morning that Williams will start Sunday against the 49ers. But Schefter reported later this morning that a different Bucs official told him Williams will not play Sunday.

At the moment, it’s not clear whether the Bucs changed their mind, whether they’ve acquired new information about the specifics of the incident, or whether this is just a case of one Bucs official being wrong.

So stay tuned. The full story on Williams, who was pulled over for speeding and brought in on suspicion of DUI, hasn’t yet been told.

23 responses to “Bucs official says Mike Williams won’t play

  1. Would the urinalysis take at least several days? If all he did was go 12 over the speed limit and blow a .06, why would he be scratched?

  2. if he wasn’t legally intoxicated, why hold him out? if the Bucs try to hold his money he will definately have a grievance.

  3. Am I the only person wondering how in this day and age any NFL player would even think about drinking and driving – especially during the season? Cab? Limo? Driver? All much safer/cheaper alternatives to the potential risk of a DUI. I think most NFL teams or the Union have programs in place to make sure that plenty of alternatives at the players’ disposal for these types of situations. I guess I can’t expect NFL players to have any better judgement than the average person, but the risk vs. reward for the inconvenience for an NFL player is tremendous. Just the thoughts of a former DUI offender.

  4. “DUI” driving under the influence is anything under the .08 limit which is what Williams was held for.
    “DWI” driving while intoxicated is .08 & over.

    Police acted within the guidelines.

    If Williams would have turned down any testing it is an admission of guilt.

  5. I’m not getting why the Bucs would chose not to play this guy for being under the legal limit of alcohol in his system. I would hazard a guess that there would be thousands, upon thousands of people every day who would fall into this category. We’re talking about no more than 2-3 beers tops.

    Gettting off our moral high horse for a minute here, this is a must win game for the Bucs, in difficult environment. There is too much at stake to be penalizing their top player for being out and having a couple of beers. Let’s be reasonable here people.

  6. This the new way ESPN “insiders” plays the news game. They hedge their bets by playing both sides of the “inside sources” game. The only thing different with THIS story is that only ONE ESPN “Insider” is playing both sides of the fence. Typically, one ESPN Insider says one thing, while another ESPN Insider says the opposite; while both claim to get their info from “undisclosed inside sources.”

  7. These midweek arrests have typically resulted in the player being held out for a quarter or so, then the team/league waiting for the legal process to play out.

  8. Hell, if the Vikings adopted the same policy of sitting a player every time they were pulled over by the police, they couldn’t even field a team. Not that they can now at 3-6 but it would be even worse.

  9. bigchill24 says: Nov 19, 2010 11:21 AM
    “DUI” driving under the influence is anything under the .08 limit which is what Williams was held for.
    “DWI” driving while intoxicated is .08 & over.

    Police acted within the guidelines.

    If Williams would have turned down any testing it is an admission of guilt.
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    I’m not typically the kind of person to call someone else out like this, but everything you wrote is completely not factual.

    Turning down testing is by no means an admission of guilt. Or did we change the way our whole legal system works and decide that everyone is now guilty until proven innocent?

    Also, if he really did blow a .06, that is not a punishable offense. The limit is .08, therefore if you blow under that, you are not actually breaking the law. Yes, speeding is breaking the law, an for that he could have been cited. Check the FL DMV if you don’t believe me.

  10. What a surprise!! Adam Schefter posts a story that within becomes completely untrue. When will ESPN fire this guy, or tell him to get better sources.

  11. @sthelen45,

    In all fairness, he could be charged with something along the lines of either reckless or careless driving in many states. Not meeting the .08 threshold hardly earns him a pass.

  12. Many fans at the games blood alcohol level will be higher than Williams. It is possible that he confessed to Morris of what will be found in his urine. My guess is that this is bigger than a few drinks. He is young and will make mistakes ~ it is a shame the team my have to suffer for it. It is the perfect opportunity for Benn to shine!

  13. Guess I should have made it a little more clear sorry. Speeding ticket I agree with. Holding him for his .065 or .061 whatever it was is legal and is DUI not punishable. Just to hold to see if his BAC rises. I never said it was punishable.

  14. If he isn’t going to play he obviously confessed to the Bucs that his urine analysis is going to come back with something in it. That is the only way they would hold him out since he didn’t blow over the legal limit. Plain and simple.

  15. @sthelen45 ,

    The other guy was correct, I have 2 part-time cops sitting next to me (no Im not one) An Officer will not ask you to blow in the meter unless he had a reason to suspect you were drinking. Turing down that test get you fine and suspension (I already knew this, but I asked them anyway!)

    With that said, The NFL is starting to get on my nerves with these suspensions an fines. He was under the legal limit (which was not set by him, it was set by the court system for a good reason) and this is North Jersey. 12MPH over is not crap!

  16. This is blatantly weed related. He wasn’t drunk, but the cops took him in for a urine test because they suspected he was under the influence of another substance.

    Pretty obvious that they pulled him over and he was high as a kite. No big deal.

  17. Again sorry DUI in Florida is the correct term for being over the .08 limit. We have both DUI & DWI here. But as far as Florida goes refusing the test is an admission of guilt.

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    bfrye32 says: Nov 19, 2010 12:42 PM

    If he isn’t going to play he obviously confessed to the Bucs that his urine analysis is going to come back with something in it. That is the only way they would hold him out since he didn’t blow over the legal limit. Plain and simple.
    Bfrye32 has it correct. He must have something in his urine. But my question is Why would he submit to a urinalysis? Dummy

  19. He didn’t blow over the limit & had the right to refuse a urine test. I’m guessing he’s clean since he cooperated fully. He will play this weekend unless he admitted to the Bucs he was on something else. Even if so, he might play anyways. It’ll take 4-6 weeks for the test results to come back. Luckily Blount/Talib weren’t with him, someone would have been punched.

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