Chargers' DT Arrested for DUI

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Chargers defensive tackle Jamal Williams was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, the team's second such arrest in less than a month.

Williams was pulled over for speeding early Sunday on a freeway
outside downtown, the California Highway Patrol said. Williams gave
a blood sample for a blood-alcohol test, but the results were not
yet known. Williams was booked into county jail and later released
on bail.

The City Attorney's office said the case hadn't been submitted
as of Tuesday.

"It's disappointing to hear about the issue involving Jamal
Williams," general manager A.J. Smith said in a statement released
by the team. "We'll continue to monitor the situation and let the
legal process run its course.

"The Chargers have always been leaders and positive
contributors to our community," Smith added. "We take our stature
in the community very seriously. Through the Chargers and the NFL,
our players receive one of the most comprehensive education and
support programs in sports to help them deal with issues that
affect all segments of society."

Smith didn't return a call seeking further comment.

Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson was arrested for investigation
of DUI on Jan. 6, five days before San Diego's playoff loss at
Pittsburgh. Jackson is due in court Feb. 17. He was on probation
for a previous DUI arrest, the CHP said.

Williams, an 11-year veteran, shared the team's Most Valuable
Player Award with quarterback Philip Rivers this season. The
Chargers reached the playoffs with an 8-8 record.

Smith often speaks of signing "character" players, yet the
Chargers have had their share of off-field problems in recent
seasons.

In 2006, there were seven run-ins with the law by Chargers
players, including linebacker Steve Foley's shooting by an off-duty
Coronado police officer who suspected him of drunken driving, and
two other players who were arrested for investigation of DUI.

Besides the arrests, linebacker Shawne Merriman was suspended
four games for testing positive for steroids in 2006, and
linebacker Stephen Cooper was suspended by the NFL for the first
four games of the 2008 season after testing positive for a banned
stimulant.


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