Life has just turned a little more sour for Denver Broncos LB D.J. Williams as he settles in for a three game suspension for being convicted in August for driving with ability impaired. The troubled Williams has been on a downhill slide since November 12, 2010 when he was stopped and given roadside sobriety tests in which he refused to allow a blood test in order to determine his blood alcohol level.
A judge today sentenced Williams to thirty days of house arrest which will fortunately for him, not take place until after the Super Bowl. The prosecutor had asked for a month in jail and the judge maintained that the house arrest can not start during the season as Williams can not play with the ankle monitor he needs to wear.
Since that night in 2010, Williams was stripped of his captaincy by the Broncos, tampered with a drug test in which he just served an NFL mandated six game suspension and was finally sentenced on his August conviction today. This is not the first time Williams has been detained on alcohol related instances as he pleaded guilty in 2005 to driving while impaired.
When will Williams learn that he is now a target in society as he keeps making bad decisions that will ultimately find him out of the NFL. Williams has been one of the Broncos best linebackers since he came into this league and will be needed down the stretch for his prowess and athletic ability. The Broncos, however should seriously consider cutting ties after the season, though, as Williams is proving to be more of a headache than anything else.
Along with Williams receiving the house arrest, there are many other conditions that he needs to meet in order to get through this turmoil he alone created. He will be on probation for two years, attend alcohol education classes, be monitored for sobriety, perform 56 hours of community service and also pay nearly $2400. in court costs.
This sentencing is complete and Williams knows the path he must take in order to regroup from his stupidity, but there is too many conditions and too much time for Williams to make the same mistake again. I have always been a fan of Williams on the gridiron, but it is very difficult to be a fan of the person himself. Here’s hoping Williams can rebound and just go about his business with no further problems. Unfortunately, it is hard to believe that will be the case.
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