Jamal Williams, the defensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving early morning on Sunday, February 1, 2009. He is the second Chargers’ player within the last month to be arrested for DUI.
Williams was initially pulled over for speeding on a freeway outside downtown. He submitted to a blood-alcohol test, but it will take a few weeks for the results to be completed. Williams was taken to a county jail where he later was released on bail.
Williams is an 11-year veteran and recipient of the Chargers’ Most Valuable Player Award this season.
According to the City Attorney’s office, Williams’ case had not been submitted as of Tuesday, February 3, 2009.
The team’s general manager, A.J. Smith said that “we’ll continue to monitor the situation and let the legal process run its course.” He went on to say, “the Chargers have always been leaders and positive contributors to our community. 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.”
Vincent Jackson, the Chargers receiver, was also recently arrested on allegations of DUI. His DUI arrest occurred five days before San Diego’s playoff loss at Pittsburgh. Jackson’s court date is set for February 17, 2009. When he was arrested, he was on probation for a previous DUI arrest, according to the California Highway Patrol.
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