A few days ago, the FanHouse showed two videos involving Mario Williams: one showing Williams driving his Lamborghini on a public freeway and the other one from a year ago showing him "making it rain" money onto a crowded dance floor. In a Jerome Solomon article on the front of today's Houston Chronicle sports page, Mario Williams apologized for the speeding video but denied that he was racing or driving at excessive speeds in traffic:
"It was a stupid thing to do, and I apologize to the fans, the organization and my teammates for not being smart. I shouldn't have put myself in that situation, and I have definitely learned my lesson."
The Texans are not commenting on this story, nor told Williams what to say. As Solomon notes in his blog post about Mario Williams' apology:
"I've talked to many a young man after he has done something stupid and been caught. Mario is the first one who opened the conversation with the words, "It was stupid." He didn't try to explain away the details, or lie that it wasn't him on the tape or claim the footage was doctored. (The latter of which would have been an extremely logical and hard-to-disprove defense in my book.)"
A friend with better vision than mine suggests: "The other driver is lying in the video about his own speed so why not Mario's? Right before the other driver says he is going 130 mph the camera shows his speedometer with the needle about a third rotated. An Impreza WRX STi has a 160 mph speedometer."
So, what do you think? Do you think he isn't being terribly truthful when he says he wasn't racing or driving excessively fast? Are you just thankful that this has been addressed before someone got hurt? Does it bother you when a player with such tremendous potential risks losing it all? Does this make you happy that cameras weren't around when you have done stupid things in your life? Do you wonder if our society and news organizations over emphasize those events that they can only see in pictures, videos or hear on tape?
Oh, and here's the thing I've heard the most from people on the Mario video: Why is it that an attractive, built, rich, first pick in the draft sorta guy couldn't get uh, er a better quality specimen to accompany him in his Lamborghini?
Previously at FanHouse: