The story broke on Sunday that Williams had been stabbed by his brother, Eric Baylor, who has not been found by police since the incident despite a warrant for his arrest. Williams has been in the news throughout his career for other types of unwanted publicity, including running a party house and being charged with trespassing and criminal mischief. The Williams residence has been a frequent caller of 911 since June, five times in total, per Adam Levitan.
The Buccaneers made a statement through a release over the weekend on Williams' situation:
We are aware of the situation that occurred at the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional information. While we have limited knowledge at this time, our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of all involved. We will refrain from comment until we can get a better understanding of the situation.
It would be tough for Tampa Bay to cut Williams now, seeing he is due $6.4 million guaranteed over the next two seasons. Should the Buccaneers decide to release him anyway, they would have all but $400K counting in dead money against their cap.
Over at Bucs Nation, Sander Philipse writes that despite another off-field headline, Williams should not be put on the free-agent market:
As far as we can tell, last night, Mike Williams was stabbed by his brother, with a kitchen knife, in the thigh. That brother is currently being sought for aggravated assault. It sounds like a tragic family event, where luckily no one was seriously injured, judging by Williams' swift release from the hospital. Tragic family events are not grounds for release, and using this event to push for punishment for the Bucs' number two receiver is ridiculous, as is the assumption that somehow, Williams must have been in the wrong. He was the victim in this case, as evidenced by the fact that he ended up with a knife in his thigh. If your first response to a crime is to try to find a way to punish the victim, that's not healthy.
After coming into the NFL and amassing 964 yards and 11 touchdowns in his rookie season, Williams has never been able to reach 1,000 yards or match that touchdown total. Last year, Williams played in only six games and caught 22 passes for 216 yards.