D.J. Williams suspended for three additional games for DWAI charges
The recent suspension stems from an August arrest for driving while ability impaired. D.J. Williams was convicted on those charges and will now sit out the rest of the season till 12th November.
Previously, D.J. Williams was scheduled to return at Denver Broncos’ 28th October game against the New Orleans Saints, after six-game suspensions for violating the terms of the league’s substance abuse policy. The NFL had stated that D.J. Williams provided "non-human" urine sample in a test for performance enhancing drugs last year.
D.J. Williams registered a lawsuit against the NFL to have the suspension overturned, but the case was dropped by the circuit and appeals court. However, D.J. Williams followed that lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court and is still waiting for an official response from the judicial system.
The Denver Broncos received news of D.J. Williams’ recent suspension when on travelling by air for their game against the New England Patriots.
Due to the recent suspension, the Denver Broncos (who are 2-2 so far in the season) will also miss their leading tackler predominantly from the last five seasons at the games against Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers too.
While D.J. Williams remains on the Denver Broncos’ "reserve/suspended" list, Wesley Woodyard and Keith Brooking have been taking his snaps at weakside linebacker position.
D.J. Williams travelled to New York last month to meet with the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in hopes of setting his mind against any further suspensions arising from a drunken driving charge two years ago. It was the second drunken driving conviction of D.J. Williams’ NFL career, after pleading guilty to driving while ability impaired charges in 2005.
While he was initially charged with driving under the influence, those charges were turned to a misdemeanor offense. D.J. Williams was also convicted on driving without headlights, a circumstance that had served as a tip-off to the police officers who arrested the 30-year-old near 3 a.m. in downtown Denver on 12th November, 2010.
Prosecutors had claimed that D.J. Williams failed to clear the basic roadside sobriety test when stopped by the officers and even refused a breathanalyzer test to determine his blood-alcohol level. Accordingly, the arresting officers booked D.J. Williams into the detox facility.
Following his arrest, the Denver broncos removed D.J. Williams from his captaincy. Since being drafted 17th overall out of the University of Miami by the Denver Broncos in 2004, D.J. Williams has led the team in tackles during five of his eight seasons.