- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- While saying they view -- for the moment at least -- wide receiver Mike Williams as a victim in a recent off-field incident, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said they would rather not be in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Williams was stabbed Sunday. His brother has been charged with assault. Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer said incidents like Williams’ detracts from all the good things the team does.
“As an organization the last couple of years we have put a real emphasis on off-the-field activities and what we expect of our players," Glazer said during the NFL owners meeting. “We expect nothing but the highest standards, and we’re going to stick to that. We want to be an organization the community is proud of. We have a lot of good players doing a lot of great things, and what this does or what any bad incident does is overshadow all the hard work of all the other players. There are 50-some odd players doing great things, and we’d rather that be the focus."
General manager Jason Licht said coach Lovie Smith has talked with Williams, and the injury to his thigh was minor. Smith told a Tampa television station that he views Williams as a victim and has no plans to release him.
“Right now until we learn more, we’re going to give him the benefit of the doubt," Licht said. “I said (in February) that I’d like to not see him in the headlines. But we’ll take it case by case here until we find out the full details."