Trent Williams out of Pro Bowl following nightclub fight
Trent Williams had been in Honolulu this week in preparation of his first career Pro Bowl appearance when things took an unexpected turn with a bar fight erupting at a nightclub Williams was at on early Friday morning. However, the Honolulu police described Trent Williams as the victim in the fight. Trent Williams reportedly took a Champaign bottle to the head and was also tasered during the fight before being treated with several stitches at the hospital.
"Trent Williams was the victim of an assault at a night club in central Honolulu… and another individual has been arrested," a league spokesman released in a statement. "Due to an injury sustained during the assault, he will not play in the Pro Bowl and has been replaced by Matt Kalil.”
The Honolulu Police Department that arrested the instigators of the fight after three victims – including Trent Williams – were injured at the night club, also released a statement addressing the situation.
"At 1:30 am this morning, Honolulu Police Department (HPD) officers responded to a report of a large affray at a night club in central Honolulu,’ said Captain Andrew Lum, Office of the Chief, Honolulu Police Department. “Three males were injured during the affray. Two were treated and released from the hospital, and the third male declined treatment.”
"One male was arrested for Assault in the 3rd Degree and additional arrests are likely. The HPD has opened an Assault 2nd and four Assault 3rd investigations,” continued the statement. “The investigation into these offenses continue."
Trent Williams had high hopes of redeeming himself this season after being suspended four games last season due to repetitive violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. Despite playing through ankle, knee and thigh injuries this season, Trent Williams kept performing at a high level en route to a 10-6 record and playoffs run which ended with a Wildcard loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Trent Williams had a major role in pact on the defense – protecting quarterback Robert Griffin III, as well as bolstering the Washington Redskins’ running game by opening up lanes for Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris. The Washington Redskins ended up giving 33 sacks while leading the league with 19.3 rushing yards per game.
Although Trent Williams will not appear in the Pro Bowl game due to the head injury, the league determined he will get all credit of an active player on the Pro Bowl roster.
"Trent is still a member of this year's NFC All-Star team and will be on the sidelines this Sunday wearing his jersey,” a league spokesman revealed. He will be credited with a Pro Bowl appearance and receive a full player's share."