Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said last week that he found wide receiver Mike Williams’ recent pattern of behavior disturbing, a view fueled in part by Williams’ recent arrest on charges of trespassing and criminal mischief.
Williams is due in court on March 27 for a pre-trial hearing on the case after entering a written plea of not guilty on Monday. Williams was set to be arraigned, but was granted an arraignment waiver because of his plea and the case will move forward to the next stage.
The charges, both misdemeanors, stem from an incident in December. The court documents say Williams “did willfully or maliciously injure or damage real or personal property” belonging to Gabrielle Edwards after entering her home without invitation. There was $200 or less of damage done to Edwards’ front door.
Williams’ attorney told the Tampa Tribune that he was confident the case would be resolved before reaching the pre-trial phase begins in March. That would be good for Williams as he tries to make a better impression on his coach over the rest of the offseason.