If you happen to live in the Tampa Bay area and have a neighbor named Mike Williams, who just so happens to play for the Buccaneers… you might want to move.
In the words of Williams former neighbor, John Hagensicker, “It was horrible. I despise Mr. Williams. … He was the absolute worst neighbor anyone can imagine.”
Last season, in which Williams missed the final 10 games with an injury, at least five 911 calls were made regarding his rented house in the Sanctuary on Livingston development from June to September. The calls ranged from a kitchen fire to one of Williams’ roommates, Tyshawn Edwards, saying he partied too much and felt that his drink may have been spiked.
When Williams moved in, right before the 2012 season, he immediately made sure everyone knew just what kind of place his $845,500, 5,400 square-foot house was going to be.
“Its going down again,” Williams wrote on his Facebook page. “The biggest house party of the year September 21 … most flights and hotels is paid by me a lot of special guests will be there … everything free no catch.”
Though his friends may have appreciated the generous hospitality, everyone else living in the gated community certainly did not.
Over the entirety of Williams’ stay, his neighbors say that there were constant parties that lasted well into the mornings. So many cars would show up that they would have to park on the lawn, where, upon leaving, they would create tracks on his neighbors’ yards, smashing several sprinkler heads.
“I’d be lying in bed at night and couldn’t sleep,” Hagensicker said. “Big boom boxes blaring, and it would shake my head on my pillow. I’ve never known people so rude and so low-class. I was astonished.”
Apparently, while Williams wasn’t playing football last season, he was also using his house to advance his rap career. He would use his Twitter to find girls to participate in music videos for his rap group “Cave Man Group” (CMG).
We paying girls 500$ possibly more we need girl for video and photo shoot Friday cmg photo and video shoot we have way done we need 10 girls
— mike williams sr (@Mikebuc19) January 4, 2014
In September, Williams agreed to pay Warren Gold, the owner of his home, nearly $50,000 in damages after he “continuously refused to abide by the terms” of their earlier agreement.
This behavior only adds to the list of problems Williams has found himself in over the last few years. Last Monday he made a court appearance relating to a misdemeanor charge of trespassing and criminal mischief. Since his rookie season, Williams has also been cited for 16 traffic citations, including a DUI and an accident.
In college, Williams was released from Syracuse due to academic issues. He later returned to the school but quit the team in 2009 before being drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.
It’s only been seven months since the wide receiver signed a six-year, $40 million extension with the Bucs, but new head coach Lovie Smith is making it clear that he is not going to put up with Williams’ antics
“There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing,” said Smith. “No one is bigger than this football team. He has to understand that.”
Smith went on to say, “There’s a standard. We’re just not going to put up with it, no matter who it is. You have to be good on the field and off the field. Simple as that. And if you’re not doing what you need to do, one or the other, you have problems and that’s where Mike has to take care of a few things.”
The good news for Williams is that he may not be in Tampa Bay long enough to make any more neighbors angry.
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