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Ricky Williams became a victim of some morons in a Texas neighborhood, who reported him as a suspicious person, which eventually led to police placing him in handcuffs.


Williams was in Tyler, Texas back on January 11th to attend the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award ceremony. According to him, he arrived a little early and went for a walk after checking in.

As he returned to his hotel parking lot, a police cruiser was waiting on him and asked him to stop. The officer then explained that police received a call about a man who suspiciously was hopping fences and loitering in a nearby backyard.

After Williams denied that he hopped any fences, saying that he believed he was walking on a trail and not on someone’s property, the officer told the former running back “Here’s the thing. I know more than what you think I know. I know that you were in the back of somebody’s yard back there. Is there a reason you were in somebody’s yard?”

“Why would I be in someone’s backyard?” Williams asked. “You might’ve saw a black person and got suspicious, but I wasn’t doing anything.”

Williams described the Jan. 11 incident to “The Dudley and Bob Show” on Austin radio station KLBJ 93.7 Wednesday.

“They had me put my hands behind my back. They didn’t cuff me. They had me take everything out of my pockets and they started questioning me,” he said. “I started to get upset. They told me to calm down. I said, ‘You don’t know what it’s like to be a black man, and it’s not the first time.'”

The police officers eventually allowed Williams to leave and did not charge him with anything.

At first, Tyler police spokesperson, Don Martin, attempted to defend the actions of his officers, saying “We feel that our officers did a professional job and did the proper job. Bottom line, if this person had not gone back into an area and acted in a suspicious manner the way he did then this never would have happened.”

Perhaps after realizing there was never any evidence of him being suspicious, other than the word of a couple paranoid racist people, he changed his tone.

“We visited about the incident, and we came to the positive conclusion that he’s very welcome in Tyler, Texas,” Martin said. “And I hope I can spend some time with him when he does return. I even invited him to stay with my family when he’s here; we have a guest room he’s welcome to.”