A former Buffalo Bills wide receiver could be facing trouble after getting into an on-field fight before a CFL game that ended with him swinging a helmet at an opponent.
Duke Williams, who played for the Bills for two seasons, returned to the Canadian Football League this season and got into a fight before the opening kickoff of the 2022 Touchdown Atlantic game. Williams could now face discipline for the incident.
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Williams Tosses Helmet in Dust-Up
As TSN reported, the incident took place before the July 16 game between the Toronto Argonauts and Williams’ Saskatchewan Roughriders. Video showed Williams getting into an argument with Argonauts defensive back Shaq Richardson, then throwing Richardson’s helmet back at him.
Williams was also accused of spitting in Richardson’s face during the incident.
— Matthew Scianitti (@TSNScianitti) July 16, 2022
The report noted that neither player was flagged for the incident and both went on the play in the game, but there could still be more trouble ahead. Argonauts reporter Ben Grant noted that a suspension was likely coming for the fight, especially since it took place outside of the game itself.
I don’t know how this started, but you have to think a suspension is coming. This is not what the league wanted to see in pregame warmup. pic.twitter.com/0JUdltj1eT
— Ben Grant (@Ben__Grant) July 16, 2022
Williams’ actions also weren’t sitting well with a number of players. TSN reporter Matthew Scianitti noted that many had reached out to him to say Williams should not have been allowed to play in the game.
“Current and former players have reached out to express feelings about Duke Williams throwing a helmet at Shaq Richardson,” Scianitti tweeted. “All were unhappy Williams wasn’t ejected.”
Williams had no troubles with the Bills, and seemed to have a good reputation with teammates prior to Saturday’s incident. Earlier in the season, Williams had earned praise from Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo for how he played through injuries and helped will the team to victory.
“He gritted through another one. I walked into halftime and saw him with some ice …read more