NFLPA decries “misinformation” being spread by NFL Network on Trent Williams

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Highly dysfunctional teams continue to do highly dysfunctional things.

In a statement issued Sunday morning regarding the Trent Williams situation, the NFL Players Association cites “misinformation” from NFL Network regarding the health issues of Washington’s left tackle.

“In our multiple conversations with Trent and his agent, we have considered various options based on the facts, but we also understand that Trent wants to put this all behind him, not relive a painful experience when his life was in danger and move on with his career,” the NFLPA said in its statement. “We are also aware of misinformation being repeated on the NFL’s own network that is not sourced and is only designed to tarnish Trent’s reputation. Our union supports Trent, is protecting his rights and continues to consider potential action if a campaign against him continues.”

The NFLPA is referring to comments made Friday by former Washington G.M. Charley Casserly on NFL Network. Casserly said that Williams was told three years ago that the growth on his head should be biopsied, but that Williams never scheduled the procedure. Casserly also suggested that Williams’ complaints are “about money,” and Casserly then dusted off the get-off-my-lawn “he signed a contract” take from old-school football types regarding Williams’ position that his current contract lacks guaranteed money.

“The bottom line is he was advised to go have this thing surgically removed to analyze it three years ago and he never made the appointment,” Casserly said.

Apart from the fact that someone from the Washington organization has fed private medical information (and possibly medical misinformation) to Casserly, who published it without hesitation on the network owned by the NFL, Casserly’s comments hardly absolve the team of responsibility for the fact that the growth on Williams’ head went unchecked for years. If Casserly is correct that Williams was told to have the growth surgically examined three years ago, why didn’t team doctors follow up with him, repeatedly? If someone decided that a biopsy was needed, the passage of time makes it more important, not less important, especially if (as Williams contends) the growth on his head continued to grow.

Williams isn’t the normal patient who receives a medical recommendation and then goes home, ignores it, and never goes back. He’s constantly around doctors and other medical professionals. Absent clear documentation that Williams was acting against clear and unmistakable medical advice, the mere fact that someone flagged the growth for further examination three years ago but that it was not biopsied for an extended period of time points to clear negligence — and in turn more of the dysfunction that seems to touch every aspect of the Washington operation.

30 responses to “NFLPA decries “misinformation” being spread by NFL Network on Trent Williams

  1. Sorry but this is on William’s if in fact he was told by the medical staff to get the growth biopsied. Especially, if it continued to grow and get bigger. I know in today’s culture personal responsibility is laughed at but sometimes it really is one you to take care of yourself and not demand others do it for you.

  2. This Redskins regjme is so low class it blows my mind. They have fallen a long ways.

    How much you want to bet that when pushed,Casserly will refer to a bunch of guys talking in the lunch room and opining to Trent he should go have a biopsy.

    He is hustling up a consulting gig in DC I bet.

  3. It didn’t seem to concern him as much as he claims when he was vacationing and hanging out during three different offseasons. If he was so concerned about it one would think he’d put his health above Cabo. Sounds like he only brought it up during training camp when he procedures would be on company time and he could get paid for doing nothing. Just a thought

  4. Maybe it’s both parties fault. Williams should have followed the advice of the doctors and get the thing biopsied. The medical staff should have followed up on him. But he’s a grown man. No one else can force him to get a medical procedure.

    Also, if Williams is spouting out against the WR med staff using his medical condition, the Redskins have every right to publicly defend themselves. If Williams wants his medical issues to be kept private then he can’t use them as a weapon against someone else and expect that they will remain silent. He opened the door to this conversation.

  5. Competitive organizations go to great lengths to ensure that their top players are well taken care of, not just monetarily but, more importantly, provide the best medical treatment for purely competitive reasons. Smart organizations realize that their rosters are their greatest asset and essential to facilitating their business. From stories about RG3 and now the disturbing details emerging about Trent Williams, it is perplexing that the Washington team can be so negligent. It is not surprising that the team is in constant rebuild, despite years of selecting in the top half of the draft order.

  6. All NFL players play for money, many come out of college barely articulate their agents job is to advise and protect these players.

  7. Williams is a clown… great player but a clown. Once again people playing the “victim”, taking no personal responsibility and blaming others. #HTTR

  8. The Redskins are a dysfunctional franchise but if true Williams is at fault. Can’t blame a medical staff if a player refuses treatment. Also if you sign a contract honor it. Thats basic stuff.

  9. I don’t know why anyone would want to play for this team. They won’t get any big time free agents to come. Past time for Synder to sell the team.

  10. They are monitoring/ tracking every step in training, diet,… Sorry Redskins your lack of competence and leadership is the major cause of this mess for team and a players health.

  11. I’ll go with Bill Belichick when he said “When was Charlie Casserly right about anything”!!

  12. The Redskins have been totally dishonest about virtually everything. Why should anyone believe them now. I certainly don’t believe a single word that springs forth from Bruce Allen’s gullet. Casserly likes to kiss up to Dan Snyder, so there’s no surprise he’s pushing this.

    More significantly, every player must pass an ANNUAL PHYSICAL before each season. Why didn’t the medical staff INSIST Williams have this problem resolved before passing him?

  13. Team doctors are the problem. Players need to immediately get an outside opinion about any injury. Team doctors are being paid to keep players on the field.

  14. How can the team doctors be negligent if they made him aware of the situation? I understand he’s in constant contact with trainers and doctors, but he’s a grown man and it’s his responsibility to take care of his business

  15. Casserly likes to kiss up to Dan Snyder, so there’s no surprise he’s pushing this.
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    Uh, Daniel Snyder fired Charlie Casserly, so that would be no.

  16. Having had nearly a dozen skin cancers removed you do not have to be a M.I.T. graduate to know you can’t wait 3 years and blame anyone except yourself. The only place you will find pity is in the dictionary

  17. Williams can’t be at fault because there is no such thing as individual responsibility. Or at least there isn’t according to numerous commentators on here.

  18. bmacwillconn says:
    November 3, 2019 at 10:55 am
    Sorry but this is on William’s if in fact he was told by the medical staff to get the growth biopsied. Especially, if it continued to grow and get bigger. I know in today’s culture personal responsibility is laughed at but sometimes it really is one you to take care of yourself and not demand others do it for you.
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    The key word in your statement is “if” and that is the NFLPA’s point. They say that’s misinformation coming from the Redskins. Hard to believe someone mentions the word biopsy and you don’t follow up.

  19. Both sides are talking out of both sides of their mouth. Washington should have been taking care of their assets and Williams is an idiot if he wasn’t proactive about his own health. Seems more like he is using it as an excuse to get credit for this year of his contract and still not have to play. Odd that it bothers him too much to wear a helmet AFTER it was removed but he could play several years with it on his forehead and never had an issue…

  20. Washington seems to be trying to do a hit job through Casserly who has already shown himself to lack anytype of integreity.

    That being said Williams statement sounded like he was tied to only what the Washington medical staff had told him and he had no options. Not many of us folks are millionaires but if I had doubts about my doctors medical advice I would seek a 2nd opinion without hesitation.

  21. How would Casserly know that info? Even if he had heard the initial diagnosis how could he know what happened after he was no longer the GM?

  22. –thebirdofprey
    Williams sounded like he was tied to only what the Washington medical staff… if I had doubts about my doctors medical advice I would seek a 2nd opinion without hesitation.
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    Chain of confirmed events:
    1. Trent Williams gets benign misdiagnosis by team medical staff
    2. Five years pass
    3. Trent Williams gets correct diagnosis from private physician
    4. Trent Williams states that he has no trust in Bruce Allen and their relationship can never be repaired.

    Some piece of the story is still missing, and unsurprisingly it centers around Bruce Allen.

  23. Casserly is a fool. He’s just throwing this garbage franchise a lifeline because he’s sucking up to Dan Snyder.

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