Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams couldn’t have helped his draft stock with his recent DUI arrest, but said he is doing his best to be accountable when he talks to teams.
“Yes, I had a few drinks, but I’m definitely owning my mistake today,” Williams told SI Now with Maggie Gray, via the Palm Beach Post. “Right now I’m just hoping teams just judge me off my film and the type of player I am and the information they get from my coaches.
“They ask about it, but they haven’t really questioned my character, most teams are pretty much telling me that it shouldn’t affect me much because knowing my character background, talking to my coaches. . . . I’m definitely making sure it’s not going to happen again, knowing the rules of the NFL, knowing how it will affect the team and me and also my family.”
If an NFL team actually told him it wouldn’t affect him much, that would be regrettable, since the league has toughened its punishments for DUI offenders, with a two-game suspension (Williams isn’t subject to that, since he’s not in the league yet). But as a fringe first-round prospect, he may be getting an early lesson in the reality of the NFL, in which excuses are made for good players and bad ones are made example of.
Williams was busted on April 3, with police stopping him after he took an illegal turn out of a McDonald’s parking lot, and swerving over the center line. His lawyer said Williams was the designated driver that night.
It’s not his first brush with the law, as he was also involved in a hit-and-run incident and fled the scene last October, but was only given traffic tickets. (Which drops the draft stock of the Tallahassee Police as much as Williams).