Corey Williams: Detroit Lions DT Reportedly Charged with DUI

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIJuly 20, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 13:  Corey Williams #99 of the Detroit Lions walks off the field after warm-ups before a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 37-13.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Detroit Lions defensive tackle Corey Williams was cited for driving under the influence last summer and faced the charge in court earlier this week.

Joe Burgess of Monticello Live reported that Williams was pulled over on June 18, 2011, west of Wilmar, Ark., and registered a blood alcohol content of .10 on a Breathalyzer test, when the legal limit is .08. Burgess also notes that Williams was back in his home state for a July 18 court appearance for the violation, and the judge anticipates a ruling in one week or less. 

Williams started his career with the Green Bay Packers before being traded to the Cleveland Browns prior to the 2008 season.

He spent two seasons in Cleveland and was then traded to the Lions in 2010. He recorded 31 tackles and two sacks for Detroit this past year. 

The news surrounding Williams’ DUI last year is part of a rash of drunk-driving charges against NFL players, as well as a tumultuous offseason for the Lions. 

Yesterday, news broke that St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn was charged with a DWI, and it was reported today that Kenny Britt was arrested for the same crime.

Pro Football Talk tracks charges brought against NFL players and shows that Quinn's and Britt's violations are the third and fourth drunk-driving charges by an NFL player this month. There were four such incidents in June as well, bringing a total of 13 for the year.

With Williams’ charge coming in 2011, there were eight driving-while-intoxicated infractions last year. 

Prior to the news surrounding Williams’ crime, the Lions had already dealt with six different arrests between four of their players this offseason. 

This is just another event in a long series of irresponsible actions from NFL players over the past few years.