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Report: No suspension for Jonathan Williams

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There have been points in the past when the NFL has suspended players without a criminal conviction, but that reportedly won’t be the case for Bills running back Jonathan Williams.

Williams was found not guilty of driving while intoxicated in Arkansas earlier this month with his attorney saying that the prosecution didn’t have enough evidence to prove that his client was over the legal limit while behind the wheel. Williams refused a breathalyzer after being pulled over in July 2016 after police said he showed signs consistent with intoxication during a field sobriety test.

The lack of evidence cited by Williams’ attorney also appears to have him avoiding any discipline from the league. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Williams has been told that he will not be suspended this season. Players found guilty of DWI, DUI or related charges typically get suspended for two games.

With Mike Gillislee now in New England, Williams is set to back up LeSean McCoy in the Buffalo backfield.

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8 Responses to “Report: No suspension for Jonathan Williams”
  1. filmex2000 says: Jun 29, 2017 12:05 PM

    So the only thing you need to do to avoid a DUI charge is to refuse a breathalyzer test ?

    Maybe Williams should volunteer to be Michael Floyd’s driver.

  2. joetoronto says: Jun 29, 2017 12:42 PM

    Just having to stay in Buffalo for the season is enough punishment.

  3. bobthebillsfan says: Jun 29, 2017 12:44 PM

    My guess is player suspensions on any team facing the Patriots this season will get a second look and probably not happen.

  4. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jun 29, 2017 2:52 PM

    Over 10000 fatalities directly related to DUI in 2015. It accounts for 1/3 of all highway deaths. 209 were children.

    But sure, give ’em a pass. Then pat yourself on the back for beating the system. Huzzah!

  5. corkspop says: Jun 29, 2017 3:45 PM

    If the police couldn’t prove him guilty, how can the NFL? Different states and jurisdictions react differently to a breathalyzer refusal but in this case there wasn’t a determination of guilt. Play on, Mr. Williams. And watch your drinking…..

  6. billswillnevermove says: Jun 29, 2017 4:06 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Jun 29, 2017 12:42 PM

    Just having to stay in Buffalo for the season is enough punishment.
    Says the 5 ID troll with no NFL team, no job, no life and no hope.

  7. buffalobraves says: Jun 29, 2017 9:32 PM

    oetoronto says:
    Jun 29, 2017 12:42 PM

    Just having to stay in Buffalo for the season is enough punishment.

    Yea, great – what about the great Canadian donut king Tim Horton who killed himself driving drunk in that Ford Pantera from Toronto to Buffalo on the QEW after too many Molsons? Great hockey player he was…

  8. finfansince68 says: Jun 29, 2017 11:09 PM

    WOW! In Florida a refusal will get you an automatic 12 month suspension on your DL & you’ll most likely still have a DUI charge coming, Honestly don’t know how the league can let him slide though?
    Otherwise players will exploit a “No-Blow” loophole drawn up by the Players Union sure to follow.

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