Embattled Denver Broncos linebacker DJ Williams avoided jail time this morning during his sentencing on DWAI charges stemming from an incident from December, 2010. Williams will not have to serve any jail time but he will be on house detention as soon as the NFL season is over.
The Broncos have been without Williams the entire season after he was suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Williams was suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the league’s banned-substances policy – such as performance enhancing drugs – after the NFL said he supplied a “non-human” urine sample during a drug test. But due to his conviction in August from the incident in 2010, where Williams was driving while his ability was impaired, Goodell added another three games to his suspension.
Williams, who was the Broncos’ leading tackler in four of the last five seasons, will be unable to return until November 12. He was originally supposed to be eligible to return for this weekend’s game against the New Orleans Saints but now the first game he will be eligible to play in is Nov. 18 against the San Diego Chargers.
He was originally charged with driving under the influence, but a jury returned a conviction on a lesser charge. He was also convicted of driving without headlights, the offense that prompted police to stop him near downtown Denver about 3 a.m. on Nov. 12, 2010.
Prosecutors said Williams failed roadside sobriety tests during his traffic stop and refused to take a blood test to determine his possible alcohol level. He was taken to a detox facility. Soon after, the fallout began.
Williams was stripped of his captaincy by the Broncos shortly after his arrest and although he played in every game up until this season, the cloud has still been over his head. It didn’t help his perception with the organization when he violated the substance abuse policy by supplying the tainted urine. There was even rumors that the Broncos were going to part ways with their first round draft pick from 2004 but that is remained to be seen.
On top of all of that, Williams made another head-scratching move by posting Broncos plays on his personal twitter account during training camp.
It’s been a rough few months for Williams but he had to suffer the consequences of his actions and hopefully he won’t have any other issues moving forward. If he does slip up, I don’t see any way that the Broncos keep him around.