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Charges against Bucs WR Williams stem from incident

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Published:   |   Updated: February 12, 2014 at 07:22 AM

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams’ upcoming court date stems in part from an incident in which Williams caused approximately $200 worth of damage to a front door, Hillsborough County court records show.

Williams is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 24 on charges of misdemeanor criminal mischief and trespassing, according to court documents.

The incident in question occurred on Dec. 13, 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.

Neither Williams, 26, nor his agent, Hadley Engelhard, could be reached for comment, but Bucs officials acknowledged the situation in a statement Saturday.

“We have spoken with Mike and the local authorities about the charges that have been filed,” Bucs spokesman Nelson Luis 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.”

Williams, a fourth-round pick of the Bucs in 2010, is coming off a season cut short after six games by the hamstring injury. He had 22 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns in 2013.

After averaging 64 catches each of his first three years with the Bucs, Williams signed a six-year, $40 million contract on the first official day of training camp last year.

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