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Jags' Williams pleads no contest, may face sanctions

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback
Brian Williams has pleaded no contest to drunken-driving charges, opening
himself up to possible sanctions from the NFL.

Chief Assistant State Attorney Jay Plotkin said Thursday that
Williams entered a plea on his first court appearance. He was put
on probation for six months and ordered to perform 50 hours of
community service.

Those penalties are typical for a first-time offender, Plotkin
said.

Williams was arrested early Sept. 2 after his 2006 Bentley
swerved toward a police car and caused the officer to hit a curb,
according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report. He entered his
plea later that day, then apologized to owner Wayne Weaver, coach
Jack Del Rio and others.

"It's the first time something like this happened and it won't
happen again," Williams said Tuesday. "Anybody who knows me knows
that it wasn't me."

He still could be disciplined by the NFL for violating the
league's personal conduct policy. Any player who is arrested or
charged with a crime must undergo a mandatory evaluation,
counseling or both. If the player is convicted or pleads guilty to
a crime, he is subject to discipline at the discretion of the
commissioner.

League spokesman Steve Alic declined comment, saying the league
cannot discuss matters involving the NFL substance-abuse policy.

Williams, who received a six-year, $32 million contract in
March, was the team's biggest offseason acquisition. A fourth-round
draft pick from North Carolina State in 2002, Williams started 48
games in four seasons with Minnesota and had 262 tackles and 12
interceptions.