Bucs’ Williams stabbed; brother suspected

Updated: March 23, 2014, 10:07 PM ET

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams was hospitalized after being stabbed in the thigh Sunday afternoon in his Tampa home, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Cristal Bermudez Nunez said.

Williams’ brother is suspected in the stabbing and is being sought by police, Nunez said. Williams was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.
“We are aware of the situation that occurred at the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional information,” the Bucs said in a statement released Sunday. “While we have limited knowledge at this time, our primary concern is for the safety and well being of all involved. We will refrain from further comment until we can get a better understanding of the situation.”
Sunday’s incident is the latest off-the-field issue for Williams, who signed a six-year, $40.25 million deal with Tampa Bay last July. Williams faces misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing, and has also paid more than $43,000 in damages for destructive house parties.
“There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team,” new Bucs coach Lovie Smith said in February. “He has to understand that.”
Williams, 26, caught 22 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in six games last season, his fourth with the Bucs.

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