Friday, June 8, 2012
What was D.J. Williams thinking?
By Bill Williamson
If D.J. Williams is trying to test the patience of his employees, he may be succeeding.
The latest controversy surrounding the talented but troubled veteran linebacker unfolded Friday when Williams tweeted photos of six of the Broncos’ defensive plays. Denver's playbook is published on an iPad.
The Denver Post reported that the team contacted Williams and the photos were taken down.
NFL coaches are a paranoid bunch. Any staff would go through the roof if it knew any plays were published for all to see. I can’t imagine Denver coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio were amused by Williams’ decision.
In reality, the photos likely won’t hurt the Broncos. But Williams’ decision to post his team’s private plays on his public Twitter account has to be questioned. Williams could argue that he was simply trying to connect with fans by showing them a taste of what he has to learn. Yet, there is no excuse for anyone publicly posting his team’s private business.
This episode comes at a time when Williams is fighting a six-game NFL suspension (which he is currently set to serve at the beginning of the season) for using a banned substance. He also is going through a court process of a DUI case. It was the second time Williams was arrested for drunk driving while with the Broncos.
The Broncos have stood by Williams and they will likely continue to do so. But these antics are not helping his cause for his long-term employment with the team.