Buccaneers WR Mike Williams facing trespass, criminal mischief charges

Mike Williams is due in court on Feb. 24. (USATSI)
Mike Williams is due in court on Feb. 24. (USATSI)

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams will be arraigned in court later this month on misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing from an unidentified December incident, TampaBay.com reports.

Williams, a former fourth-round pick who missed 10 games last season with a hamstring injury, is due in court on Feb. 24, according to the Hillsborough County clerk's office.

The Buccaneers have issued the requisite statement on the matter.

"We have spoken with Mike Williams and the local authorities regarding the charges that have been filed against him," the team said. "All of our players are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the high character and moral responsibility that we demand as representatives of the Buccaneers organization."

In four seasons, Williams has 215 receptions for 2,947 yards and 25 touchdowns. His best season came in 2012 when he hauled in 63 passes for 996 yards and 9 scores, and parlayed that into a six-year, $40 million extension last offseason.

These charges are thought to be the first against Williams, 26, since his 2010 rookie season, when he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Off-field issues plagued him during his college career at Syracuse and led to the big-play wideout falling into the fourth round of the draft.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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