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.