Sep 22, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams (19) reacts to a play against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Williams to be arraigned on criminal mischief and trespassing charges

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to move as far away from the Greg Schiano era as possible, but the Lovie Smith regime will be tasked with dealing with a Schiano era legal problem when it comes to wide receiver Mike Williams. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Williams is set to be arraigned on February 24th on charges stemming from an incident back in December 2013.

Williams faces criminal mischief and trespassing charges for an unspecified incident that occurred while he was on injured reserve and away from the team. The Buccaneers released a statement on the matter that immediately sets the tone for all other players looking to get into trouble.

“We have spoken with Mike Williams and the local authorities regarding the charges that have been filed against him. All of our players are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the high character and moral responsibility that we demand as representatives of the Buccaneers organization.”

There were rumblings that had Schiano and GM Mark Dominik kept their jobs, one of the first offseason tasks they’d have would have been cutting Mike Williams. That’s not likely to happen, but his legal problems won’t help get him off on the right foot with Lovie Smith.

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  • Trae Williams

    The guy got paid and then gave up on being a professional. Too bad. What a great story he was early in his career. Thought he had turned things around and was on the road to becoming a draft steal. Giving him the huge bucks was just another of Mark Dummynick’s many bonehead moves. He was a terrible GM.