SAN DIEGO – San Diego 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 San Diego, 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 MVP Award with quarterback Philip Rivers this season.
TAMPA, Fla. – Former NFL quarterback Doug Williams was promoted Tuesday to coordinator of pro scouting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who also filled several spots on the staff of new coach Raheem Morris.
Williams, who played with the Bucs from 1978-82 and later won a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins, had been a personnel executive assisting former general manager Bruce Allen since 2004.
In his new job, Williams will oversee scouting and recruiting of NFL players, as well as player tryouts.
The Bucs also announced the hiring of Joe Baker, Robert Nunn and Chris Keenan as assistant coaches.
Bears sign Basanez
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears signed former Northwestern quarterback Brett Basanez to a two-year contract on Tuesday.
Basanez entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2006 after a record-setting career at Northwestern. He appeared in one game that year, completing 6 of 11 passes for 56 yards and an interception.