Stemming from LB D.J. Williams’ arrest Friday morning on a DUI charge, the Broncos announced this afternoon that they have fined him, stripped him of his captaincy and taken away his starting position for Sunday’s game.
Said the team in a statement:
Since Williams makes $3.67 million in base salary, according to Macs Football Blog , and the CBA's maximum is one game check for conduct detrimental to the team, the fine will be in the neighborhood of $215,000.
“The Denver Broncos are extremely disappointed in D.J. Williams’ careless and irresponsible actions on Friday morning. 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.”
UPDATE (4:12 p.m.): The Denver Post reports the actual fine will be close to $15,000 - not $215,000. According to Lindsay Jones, his fines are due to Williams missing meetings and practice and for conduct detrimental to the team. The reason for the confusion was due to the phrase "the heaviest fines possible to him for conduct detrimental to the club," which led us to believe it was one game check, which is outlined in the CBA as the maximum a team can fine a player.
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