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Broncos D.J. Williams Stripped of Captain Title


Denver Broncos defensive star D.J. Williams has been stripped of his Team Captain title after his arrest for driving while intoxicated in Denver.

The Denver Broncos released this statement Saturday morning regarding Williams:

"The Denver Broncos are extremely disappointed in D.J. Williams' careless and irresponsible actions on Friday morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by the organization.

"The Broncos have levied the heaviest fines possible to him for conduct detrimental to the club under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement due to the disruption and resulting impact on the team. He will not start in Sunday's game against the Chiefs and has been stripped of his captaincy for the season.

"Any further possible discipline stemming from this incident will be determined by the league's policies and the legal system."

The linebacker and defensive co-captain was charged with driving under the influence after being arrested in Denver early Friday morning, just hours before he was supposed to report to work at Dove Valley.

Williams pleaded guilty in September 2005 to driving drunk. After that, he said he realized he needed to get a designated driver whenever he went out partying. The team provides drivers to its players but Williams didn't use one Friday.

A conviction isn't required for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend a player without pay.

It could take time though for the league to review Williams' case so there's a chance he could still play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, the league's top rushing team.

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  • by to anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    in your face. Broncos 49 chiefs 29. I told we wouldn`t get killed
  • by Dave Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 14, 2010 at 06:02 AM
    I agree with the action taken by the Broncos. For the money they are paid , professional atheletes should be held to a higher standard. Like Carmelo Anthony's actions a few years ago, this was outright stupidity. DJ time to grow up and THINK.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    Jon, you don't get stopped for a DUI unless they have reason to. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have per se laws defining it as a crime to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above a proscribed level, currently 0.08 percent. If it's .09, it's still a dui/dwai, you may not lose your license but all other fines and classes apply. Roethlisberger was never charged and was stripped of being captain and suspended, they can do what they want. They are held to higher standards as what we are and the league can chose to do what they want punishment wise, outside of what the state slaps him with. It's not wrong Jon, the punishment should apply to everyone, no matter what the crime. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. In Ben's case, it was his teammates that stripped him of being captain, not the league. League suspended him and it was well deserved, actually should have been longer.
  • by me on Nov 13, 2010 at 06:42 PM
    The broncos suck anyway!!!! No difference here.
  • by Jon Location: Colo Springs on Nov 13, 2010 at 04:19 PM
    "A conviction isn't required for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend a player without pay." Another case of guilty until proven innocent, although police rarely make DUI arrests without good cause. Even so, the principle of suspension without a conviction would seem to be wrong.
  • by bill Location: CS on Nov 13, 2010 at 03:56 PM
    Ho hum, another stand-up role model. After the Chiefs rack up 250 yards rushing in the first quarter tomorrow, our hero Williams will be in the game. Probably with hangover.
  • by to anonymous on Nov 13, 2010 at 03:28 PM
    No they won`t. Just because a bronco player got arrested doesn`t mean we will get killed!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    Ha Ha they're going to get killed tomorrow!!
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