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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Mike Williams is due back in a Florida court on May 29 after he was rejected from a pre-trial diversion program for two misdemeanor charges.
Hillsborough County court records show that Williams' case was re-opened on April 22, two weeks after he was traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Bills.
Williams faces misdemeanor charges of trespassing and criminal mischief after he allegedly caused $200 in damage to his girlfriend's front door last December. He pleaded not guilty to the charges but entered a pre-trial diversion program in March that would have resulted in the charges being dropped had it been completed.
Hadley Engelhard, Williams' agent, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about why Williams was rejected from the pre-trial diversion program, but it's possible that Williams cannot complete the program because he moved to Buffalo.
The Bills sent a sixth-round pick to Tampa for Williams, who had fallen out of favor with the Bucs months after he signed a six-year, $40 million contract extension. The Tampa Bay Times reported in February that Williams' lifestyle drew the ire of his neighbors in an upscale development outside Tampa and that he agreed to pay $43,000 in damages to his homeowner after threats of eviction.
"There's a pattern here and it's disturbing," Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said in February of Williams' behavior.
In March, Williams was hospitalized after being stabbed in the thigh at his Tampa home. His brother, Eric Baylor, was charged with aggravated battery and domestic violence in the incident.
Bills coach Doug Marrone, who coached Williams for part of the 2009 season at Syracuse before Williams left the team, expressed a desire to give Williams a second chance.
"Mike has an opportunity to get a fresh start to his career here in his hometown and regain his form as a productive player in the National Football League," Marrone said in April.
Williams is competing for a roster spot with the Bills, who project to have Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods atop their depth chart at wide receiver.