He was scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Monday, but due to the arraignment waiver, his case has been moved to a pretrial phase slated for 1:30 p.m. March 27.
Stephen Romine, the attorney representing Williams in the case, told The Tampa Tribune that he is confident the matter will be resolved before it reaches the pre-trial phase.
The charges stem from a Dec. 13 incident in which Williams caused approximately $200 to the front door of an acquaintance, according to Hillsborough County court records. The incident in question occurred when Williams "without being authorized, licensed or invited, willfully enter(ed) or remain(ed) in the property of Gabrielle Edwards," according to the charging document.
Williams "did willfully or maliciously injure or damage real or personal property belonging to Edwards, resulting in damage of $200 or less," the document states.
The new regime in Tampa Bay issued a zero-tolerance policy for receiver Mike Williams, who was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and trespassing in a December incident, reports USA Today. General manager Jason Licht said Williams "has to show Lovie [Smith] that he's not going to make headlines off the field."
Smith, the new coach, said he "just won't put up" with bad behavior. "It's as simple as that."
Williams has a reputation for partying and was reportedly fined more than $200,000 for being late to or missing team meetings and rehab sessions, the report said. The team wouldn't take a cap hit by releasing him.
"We have spoken with Mike Williams and the local authorities regarding the charges that have been filed against him," the team said in a statement. "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."
According to Fox Sports, Tampa Bay "needs more sustainable parts here to be a contender. ... Something must happen."
Williams was placed on IR in Week 9 due to a torn hamstring. After the injury, the team became concerned about Williams' erratic behavior. Williams allegedly began missing, or showing up late, to mandatory team meetings. He did the same with scheduled rehab days with the team. Williams compiled over $200,000 in fines due to missing these events. If Greg Schiano had returned as head coach, there was a sense Williams could have been released in the offseason if he wasn't serious about his football career. Williams signed a six-year, $40.25 million extension in 2013.
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