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Williams' brother turns self in after stabbing

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The brother of Bucs wider receiver Mike Williams has turned himself in to authorities, deputies say.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has charged 23-year-old Eric Baylor of New York with stabbing Williams inside his home in Avila.

Deputies say Baylor was booked into the Orient Road Jail around 10 p.m. There were no other details.

Baylor is charged with aggravated battery and domestic violence after allegedly stabbing Williams.

New details emerged in the investigation Monday evening, with deputies questioning Williams' story.

"His account is that they were horsing around in the kitchen and he fell on the knife that his brother was holding," said Cristal Bermudez Nunez, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office, adding there are as many as nine witnesses who have different accounts.

"They expained that...Williams and Baylor were arguing and that is what led up to the stabbing," she said.

The sheriff's office got the call at around 5 p.m. Sunday. Williams was taken to the hospital and then released with what was called "non-life threatening injuries."

Authorities said there are other holes in Williams' story.

"Based on what Michael Williams says happened, and where it occurred in the home, that doesn't match up with the evidence we found at the scene," Bermudez Nunez said.

Neighbors inside the upscale community in north Tampa were surprised by the news.

"I was really shocked. I guess people are when they hear a crime happens in Avila," said Barbara Neu, who works at a nearby business. "There are no boundaries, I don't think, when it comes to crime. Anger rises up in anybody no matter what your socio-economic class is."

It's not the first time Williams has had problems. He faces trespassing and criminal mischief charges for an incident in 2013. He's had multiple domestic problems, including damaging neighbor's property.

Neu said the multiple off-field issues are disappointing.

"I know the players are only human, but I think they have a responsibility to the community that they represent," she said.

The Bucs are released this statement:

"We are aware of the situation that occurred at the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional information. While we have limited knowledge at this time, our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of all involved. We will refrain from further comment until we can get a better understanding of the situation.''

Williams is not in good standing with the new head coach Lovie Smith. Asked about how concerned he is with Williams, Smith said this in February: "There's a pattern here, and it's disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team. He has to understand that."

"Have I been disappointed in Mike Williams? Of course," Smith said. "There's a standard. We're just not going to put up with it, no matter who it is. You have to be good on the field and off the field -- simple as that. If you're not doing what you need to do, one or the other, you have problems, and that's where Mike has to take care of a few things."

Williams just signed a six-year, $40-million contract last summer, but since being named head coach, Smith has made massive changes to the roster.

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