[picappgallerysingle id="10060650"]For the second time in five years, Broncos starting linebacker D.J. Williams has been arrested for drunken driving, and his employer apparently thinks the proverbial “slap on the wrist” is good enough discipline for their best defensive player.
Although under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement teams are allowed to fine players an amount equal to one game check, just over $200k in Williams’ case, according to the Denver Post the team has chosen to lighten his wallet by a mere $15,000. For a guy who makes $3.6 million, that’s equivalent to a night out on the town.
Of course, the fine wasn’t the only punishment the team has chosen to give Williams. How could it be, right? Nope, the team has also chosen to relieve Williams from his duties as a defensive captain. Gee, I sure hope he doesn’t lose any sleep over not having that “C” on his uniform anymore.
Oh and I almost forgot, the Broncos have decided that Williams shouldn’t start on Sunday against the division-leading Chiefs. Of course, according to the same article in the Denver Post, that means he will miss anywhere from a series or two to all of the first quarter. Really, that’s all? Well, maybe if he had stolen a car and actually ran over someone while driving drunk, they might bench him for an entire half.
So given the opportunity to tell their fans and the rest of the league that they don’t take lightly the fact that their best defensive player has embarrassed their organization, the Broncos have decided that trying to get to 3-6 in an effort to salvage their season is more important than taking the high moral ground.
It’s just another reason that proves what a joke the Broncos organization has become and why Chiefs’ fans should be proud of their team. Because if the situations were reversed and a star player on the Chiefs had just gotten his second DUI arrest, there is no way general manager Scott Pioli or head coach Todd Haley would allow that player to suit up, let alone play even one down until the NFL handed down its punishment.