"No one in the NFL can talk about anything regarding the
substance-abuse program," Williams said during a media
availability before the team began a three-day quarterback school
at its practice facility. "League-wide, it's a confidentiality
thing. ... I'm here to answer questions about football."
Three South Florida newspapers quoted unidentified sources last
week saying Williams tested positive for marijuana and faced a fine
of at least $650,000 for violating the substance-abuse policy for
the second time since joining the Dolphins in 2002.
"We're going to handle it," Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler
said. "Ricky's going to handle it through the right channels,
through the NFL, and we'll go from there. He's still a big part of
this team. Nothing's changed in our view of Ricky."
Gary Ostrow, Williams' Fort Lauderdale-based attorney, has
called media reports about the alleged positive test "slanted"
and "one-dimensional," and told The Associated Press on Saturday
that Williams was eager to "set the record straight."
"As far as I'm concerned, there is no violation," Ostrow said Tuesday.
Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt declined to address the issue, and
team owner Wayne Huizenga said he had no knowledge of anything
"We don't know what's happening yet," Huizenga said. "I think
it's too soon to make any statements. When it comes to Ricky, we'll
have to wait and see what happens."
Williams told The Palm Beach Post last week that he visited NFL
headquarters in New York a few weeks ago, but wouldn't give details
when questioned during a media availability Tuesday.
Under league rules, a player who tests positive twice is fined
the value equal to his pay for four games. According to salary data
released by the NFL Players Association, that would cost Williams
A player who tests positive a third time is given at least a
four-game suspension. A player who tests positive a fourth time is
suspended for at least a season. The NFL announces only
suspensions, not drug-related fines.
In two seasons with Miami, Williams has run for 3,235 yards and
25 touchdowns, although his per-game yardage average fell 30 yards
last season from the 115.8-a-game clip that carried him to the NFL
rushing title in 2002.
When asked Tuesday about how the reports of a possible positive
test may affect his image, Williams simply said people "can judge
"I can't tell anyone about myself," Williams said. "They just
have to look at the way I carry myself, look at the way I play the
game, look at the way I practice and what I do in the community."