ENGLEWOOD, CO - The Denver Broncos laid down the law to linebacker D.J. Williams on Saturday, stripping him of his captaincy, fining him and sitting him for the club's next game.
The team's punishment comes more than 24 hours after Williams was arrested and charged with driving under the influence early Friday morning.
"The Denver Broncos are extremely disappointed in D.J. Williams' careless and irresponsible actions on Friday morning," the team revealed in a statement. "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."
Williams, who was previously arrested for DUI in 2005, was pulled over at 2:40 a.m. (mt) in Denver. The Denver Post reported that officers pulled him over when they observed him driving his vehicle without headlights. After refusing a breathalyzer test, Williams was taken to a detox area and held overnight.
According to the paper, the Broncos will fine Williams nearly $15,000 for this latest incident.
In eight games this season -- his seventh with the Broncos -- the 28-year-old Miami-Florida product who was taken in the first round by Denver in the 2004 draft, has racked up 72 tackles with 3 1/2 sacks.