Fresh Off Long Suspension for Drunk Driving, D.J. Williams Comments on the Josh Brent/Jerry Brown Tragedy in DallasDecember 13, 2012 – 9:30 am by Brad Gagnon
Following a conviction for driving while impaired this past summer, Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams was forced to miss the first nine games of the year. But while Williams is back now, the continued problems his NFL peers are facing in terms of drinking and driving are surely providing a constant reminder of what he went through.
Like, for instance, the recent incident in which Josh Brent of the Cowboys was allegedly drunk when he flipped his car outside of Dallas, resulting in the death of teammate Jerry Brown.
D.J. Williams joined Les & Tom on 102.3 The Ticket in Denver to discuss his suspension, what he’s learned and what he’s taken away from the Josh Brent incident.
On being suspended the first nine weeks of the season:
“You never appreciate it or know what you’re missing until it’s taken away from you. The first nine weeks of the season I was a fan. I realized that this is a game you do love and appreciate.”
On what he learned from that suspension:
“You learn to not put yourself in certain situations. You also learn that the people who really love you and care for you will be there. Some people are fake and will fade away. And at the end of the day just keep your nose clean and stay on the right path.”
On if he was affected by Josh Brent’s incident over the weekend:
“It didn’t have an effect on me, but it does make you realize and think that you could have been in that situation. And when you’re out and you’re doing those things, you don’t have the foresight and realize that fun and things like that can end up in horrible accidents. It was a tragedy that happened and I feel sorry for the guy because I know he didn’t mean for it to end up that way. But people will probably look at him differently for the rest of his life.”