Wide receiver Mike Williams of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was stabbed in the thigh with a kitchen knife Sunday evening at his home in Tampa.
According to the news release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a 911 call at 5 p.m. Sunday in reference to a stabbing at 17027 Candeleda de Avila, listed as Mike Williams’s residence. Upon arrival, they discovered Williams suffering from a stab wound to his left thigh. Mike was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital by ambulance, where he was treated and released.
Throughout the investigation, detectives learned that Eric Baylor stabbed his brother, Michael Williams, in his left thigh with a kitchen knife. A warrant was issued for Baylor’s arrest.
The arrest warrant for Williams’s brother is on the charge of “aggravated battery domestic violence.” The charge carries a minimum sentence of five days of incarceration if adjudicated guilty.
The Buccaneers issued a short press release on the matter.
We are aware of the situation that occurred at the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional information. While we have limited knowledge at this time, our primary concern is for the safety and well being of all involved. We will refrain from further comment until we can get a better understanding of the situation.
NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus reports that the Bucs’ front office was concerned with Williams’s behavior as he recovered from a torn hamstring last season, speculating that Mike could be cut in the offseason. Newly anointed head coach Lovie Smith said he noticed a “disturbing pattern” in the wake of a loud house party in February, via the Tampa Bay Times.
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.
According to the Times, neighbors had called 911 on at least five occasions between June and September of 2013. In September, Mike Williams signed a six-year, $40 million contract extension.
What do you think of Mike Williams’s off-field behavior? Should Tampa Bay cut Williams to send a message that the new regime will not tolerate shenanigans?