The news for D.J. Williams is about to go from bad to worse. The one-time starting linebacker for the Broncos will face a minimum of 10 days in jail (with fine and community service) and miss 8-10 games at best, or he will face up to one year in jail worst case scenario.
Williams was already suspended by Roger Goodell for six games this season for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. Now further punishment is in store because Williams was found guilty for driving while ability impaired (DWAI), and driving without his headlights on in November 2010.
In 2005, Williams pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired in Douglas County.
A DWAI is a lesser form of a DUI.
According to [Arresting Denver Police Officer Brian] Klaus, Williams failed multiple roadside sobriety tests. Two of those tests included walking a straight line and maintaining balance while standing on one foot.
Defense attorney Harvey Steinberg argued that Williams’ injuries during his football career could have prevented him from successfully performing certain roadside maneuvers.
Steinberg said Williams should have been asked if he suffered from certain conditions, such as concussions or leg injuries, before the tests were administered. Steinberg said all people should be asked these questions about injuries before roadside tests as the conditions could affect the ability to successfully complete the roadside maneuvers. – Denver Post
Williams has seen very limited action in training camp thus far. He made the trip to Chicago for the Broncos first preseason game, but he did not play.
Recent events suggest that Williams’ days in Denver are coming to an end. How long will the team put up with these ongoing behavior problems?
Williams had 90 tackles, 5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles in13 games last season. Look for Wesley Woodyard, Nate Irving, and rookie Danny Trevathan to make a run for the starting job. Woodyard is listed No. 1 on the depth chart thus far.