Updates from Wednesday, March 26
Pewter Report.com has the latest from head coach Lovie Smith on Williams:
Lovie Smith said he talked with Mike Williams, hasn't done all the research on situation, but won't kick him off team for being a victim.— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) March 26, 2014
Greg Aumann of The Tampa Bay Times has more from Smith:
Lovie Smith asked about today's story on Mike Williams: "I'm aware of the situation ... I look for a pattern."— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 26, 2014
Lovie Smith said when incidents form patterns, "more drastic" measures come into play. "We don't put up with a lot of off-field things."— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 26, 2014
Lovie Smith acknowledged Thursday court date for Mike Williams: "We have to let that all play out."— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 26, 2014
Williams took to Instagram to snap a picture of himself letting fans know how he's doing:
Updates from Tuesday, March 25
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports details on Eric Baylor turning himself in for allegedly stabbing Mike Williams:
Eric Baylor, accused of stabbing his brother, Bucs WR Mike Williams, turned himself in to the Orient Road jail at 10 pm and booked at 11:40.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) March 25, 2014
Baylor was being held without bond overnight on a second degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) March 25, 2014
Updates from Monday, March 24
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports insight surrounding Mike Williams' status within the Buccaneers' organization prior to the incident:
Tampa has been open to dealing WR Mike Williams from what I've heard, but this stabbing and off-field issues limit any outside interest— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 24, 2014
Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reported a synopsis of Williams discussing the incident with the police:
Source said TB WR Mike Williams told cops he was stabbed accidentally by brother during a wrestling match. Police confirm that's his story.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 24, 2014
However, there were several witnesses on the scene, police say, and they're trying to get the brother to start corroborating accounts.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 24, 2014
Garafolo had more on Williams status with the Buccaneers:
Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times gave a report from Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht discussing his attempt to contact Williams:
Bucs GM Jason Licht says neither he nor Lovie Smith have talked to Mike Williams since he was stabbed in thigh Sunday. Tried reaching out.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 24, 2014
ESPN's Ed Werder previously provided a synopsis of his conversation with Licht discussing Williams' health status:
Bucs GM Jason Licht told me this AM that WR Mike Williams seems physically OK following stabbing, team finds incident "very disappointing."— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 24, 2014
Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune had more on Williams' injuries:
WR Mike Williams stabbing injury required 3 stitches, according to agent Hadley Engelhard. "If he had to play Sun. he could'' Engelhard said— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) March 24, 2014
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times provided additional insight surrounding the situation:
@HCSOSheriff is treating the stabbing of Bucs WR Mike Williams as a domestic dispute that ended in violence, not "horseplay."— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) March 24, 2014
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams is at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa after a spokeswoman with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Williams was stabbed in the thigh at his exclusive home in the gated community of Avila.
Cristal Bermudez Nunez says it happened Sunday afternoon and the football player's brother is suspected of stabbing him. Nunez is not releasing the brother's name at this time but says they are looking for him this evening.
Late Sunday night, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reported that an arrest warrant was issued to Williams' brother, Eric Baylor:
A warrant has been issued for Eric Baylor, 23, on charge of aggravated battery/domestic violence re: stabbing of Bucs WR Mike Williams.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 24, 2014
The team released a statement through a series of tweets:
Statment from Buccaneers Organization Regarding Incidient at Mike Williams' Residence: "We are aware of the situation that occured at..."— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) March 24, 2014
"...the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional information. While we have limited..."— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) March 24, 2014
"...knowledge at this time, our primary concern is for the safety and well bring of all involved. We will refrain from further comment..."— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) March 24, 2014
"...until we can get a better understanding of the situation."— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) March 24, 2014
Williams' off-the-field life continues to spiral.
Back in February, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reported that the veteran faced trespassing and criminal mischief charges stemming from an incident in December. Then, later in the month, Auman and Rick Stroud reported on how Williams' house parties were upsetting other residents in gated communities.
All of it led new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith to publicly chastise his wideout.
"There's a pattern here and it's disturbing," said Smith. "No one is bigger than this football team. He has to understand that."
Have I been disappointed in Mike Williams? Of course. There's a standard. We're just not going to put up with it, no matter who it is. You have to be good on the field and off the field. Simple as that. And if you're not doing what you need to do one or the other, you have problems and that's where Mike has to take care of a few things.
Not much is known about the events leading up to the stabbing, so it would be unfair to rush to judgments. What can be deduced is that this is another instance of Williams "not protecting the shield," as Roger Goodell would say. The league and teams have cracked down on players for much less, fair or unfair.
Rotoworld's Evan Silva summed up what is likely the general consensus on Williams at the moment. Everybody hopes that he is in good physical health, but his status with the Buccaneers is cloudy at best:
I hope Mike Williams is okay. I also don't think he's a part of the #Buccaneers future.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) March 24, 2014
The six-year, $40 million contract the Bucs signed Williams to last offseason is looking rather shaky now.