Texas police officers detained and frisked retired NFL running back Ricky Williams, who was in town for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award ceremony in Texas, after he decided to go for a walk before the ceremony began.
According to Fox7, a call was received on Wednesday at approximately 3:30 p.m. from a resident on Yale “in reference to a suspicious person behind his fence line in his backyard”. The caller stated that his dog was barking in his back yard as if someone was back there. The caller then observed a black male, wearing all black, crouched down behind his wire fence in a green belt area that backed up to the Courtyard Marriott.
Dash cam video shows police making contact with Williams about 30 minutes later says PINAC.
“You been back here lately?” an officer asks.
“No, I’m staying in this hotel,” Williams replies.
“Here’s the deal. I know more than you think I know. I know you were in somebody’s yard back there,” a cop tells Williams.
Williams denies climbing fences or having any weapons on him, but then an officer tells him, “Okay, turn around place your hands behind your back. I’m just going to make sure you don’t have any weapons on you.”
Accusing him of stealing a tape measure at a nearby construction site, which Williams admits to picking up then putting back down, an officer conducts a pat down without first asking for his consent.
“Do you know how many times I’ve been messed with by cops just for being black?” asks Williams.
“I’m not saying that’s what you’re doing; I’m just saying I’m sensitive to it.”
One of the officers remarks to another cop on-scene he “looked like Ricky Williams.”
“I am Ricky Williams,” he replies before the officers apologize, pat him on the back and allow him to leave.
“I’m just glad I had my driver’s license on me and I didn’t have any weed on me or it would have gotten really bad,” said Williams, who tested positive for marijuana several times during his 12-year NFL career, in an interview with the Tomorrow Show.
“He would have put me in cuffs if I didn’t have my ID. I’m a quirky person. It’s kind of dangerous to be black and quirky unless you’re famous.”
Watch videos of the detainment, as well as Williams describing the incident on KLBJ’s “Dudley and Bob Show” in Austin below.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)