Trent Williams decides against a joint committee to review his medical records

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The NFL and NFL Players Association will not be conducting a joint review of Trent Williams‘ medical records, after all.

Via the Washington Post, the Washington left tackle has directed the NFLPA not to participate in the joint review. Per the report, the union never agreed the review, contrary to the prior proclamation from the TV network owned by the NFL that a joint committee would be convened.

The NFLPA dropped a clear hint that Williams could be inclined not to authorize the joint committee review process, based on the first line of a statement issued on Sunday morning: “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.”

On Monday NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith echoed the notion that Williams may simply want to move on during an appearance with The Junkies on 106.7 The Fan in D.C.

“If a player decides that he wants to move on and put stuff behind him we understand the situation and in many cases, abide by the player’s wishes, my only point is I don’t like a scenario where we believe, where we see private medical information being leaked into the media we don’t like disinformation about a player’s healthcare or any issue about a player’s healthcare being discussed by some other party,” Smith said.

Some will assume that Williams’ decision to move on flows from a concern that the truth will undercut his claim that team doctors negligently failed to diagnose and treat a growth on his skull that was cancerous. That position is boosted by the recent ravings of former Washington G.M. Charley Casserly, who insisted that Williams failed to schedule a biopsy three years ago and then claimed this is all about money. (As explained on Sunday, however, Casserly’s get-off-my-lawn logic quickly falls apart in light of the fact that Williams was regularly in the presence of team doctors and trainers in the three years after allegedly failing to schedule the biopsy.)

But consider this: What would Williams gain from a joint committee review of his medical records? Any discipline imposed on Washington would be in the form of a fine, and any disclosure of his medical information would carry with it the very real risk that someone with the team or the league would share, in general or specific terms, information (or misinformation) about the contents of Williams’ chart to NFL Network.

Also, the joint committee would give Washington and its doctors a great opportunity to engage in some advance discovery, in the event that Williams pursues whatever options may be available to him within the confines of the justice system. While the league and the team surely would enjoy immunity from a malpractice claim, team doctors are almost always independent — and thus potentially would have exposure regardless of any CBA protections that would encompass the franchise.

30 responses to “Trent Williams decides against a joint committee to review his medical records

  1. He wants to put this all behind him despite 10’s of millions of personal injury and negligence $ dangling in front of him? You’re darn right he’s hiding the truth. The Skins should sue him for slander.

  2. When Williams accused the team of mishandling the issue, it looked like he had the moral high ground.
    When the team immediately called for a joint review, I suspected there was more to the story.
    Now, it seems clear that the underlying facts would support the team and Williams would rather than have that come to light.

  3. Regardless of anything else, the Redskins’s handling of this has lost them trade value for Williams. They will never get as much for him as they would have had they traded him before the season started.

  4. Trent should’ve been suspended a long time ago for the season. He’s a lier and a quitter and a selfish immature diva.

  5. The growth was present for 6 years, and didn’t grow enough to be a problem or much of a concern for Williams? Seems weird to me, but maybe if I had a guaranteed contract, I would understand

  6. They really should have just traded him before this mess. He could’ve gotten to play with a new team and Washington could’ve gotten one or two high draft picks. Win win for both. Alas, they had to play hardball.

  7. Mr. Snyder and Mr. Allen aren’t going to let him extort the team and steal millions of dollars. Good for them for taking a stand unlike the other soft owners and GM’s in the league. Trust the process! HAIL!

  8. First off, #firebruceallen. Second, Williams knows that he is responsible for his own health (just like EVERYONE else in America) and a detailed, line by line review of this situation would make him look bad on the back end. Putting it behind him is a convenient line to the truth…which is…he didn’t take the necessary steps to have this situation taken care of before it got to a possible life or death scenario. The Skins usually screw up everything they touch, but this might be the one time they’re not liable for horrible behavior.

  9. “carry with it the very real risk that someone with the team or the league would share, in general or specific terms, information (or misinformation) about the contents of Williams’ chart”
    ——————————-

    Someone is showing his bias.

    BECAUSE IT WORKS BOTH WAYS. If the information looked bad for the Redskins, you can bet the NFLPA or Williams’ lawyers will “share” that information with the media without any hesitation.

  10. Just let this man go. It’s over. The Redskins are acting like a vindictive ex spouse in divorce proceedings.

  11. “Some will assume that Williams’ decision to move on flows from a concern that the truth will undercut his claim that team doctors negligently failed to diagnose and treat a growth on his skull that was cancerous.”

    This seems like a fairly plausible explanation.

  12. ebpatton says:

    Regardless of anything else, the Redskins’s handling of this has lost them trade value for Williams.

    It will likely cost Williams some coin on his next contract as well. It makes me wonder if this will cause some teams to not be interested. Any team that does sign him needs to protect themselves.

  13. I HATE the Redskins, especially Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen, who are both morons when it comes to running an NFL franchise.

    That said, why should ANY player trust the NFL with their personal medical records- The NFL has proven time and again that they are corrupt!

    End the Anti-Trust Exemptions for the NFL now!!!!! They make enough money and need to pay their fair share for once…

  14. Someone thinks their major network is lily-white pure and the network owned by the NFL is black-heart evil. Of course, said someone profits handsomely by trafficking exclusively in NFL matters but nevermind, there’s not even a hint of duplicity here.

  15. ” Trust the process! HAIL!”

    Hilarious

    That same process has had the Redskins a bottom feeder ever since Snyder bought the team.

  16. I will agree with most of you that this behavior is a little fishy, but I think there’s also lot going on behind the scenes here. During an interview about the situation, Williams scoffed at the notion that his relationship with Bruce Allen could ever be repaired. Why?

    Team doctors misdiagnosed his tumor; five years passed; then an independent doctor got the diagnosis correct: when during this process did Trent lose all trust towards Bruce Allen? If he’s just looking for money, that attitude doesn’t make sense. There’s something missing here.

  17. This smells fishy. My guess is Williams doesn’t want to be exposed for lying.

    The Redskins have every right to clear their name, especially after Williams caused severe damage to the organization with his comments.

  18. Where in all this does the HIPAA rule apply? ALL OF IT. It’s a medical privacy issue. He has EVERY RIGHT to keep it private. Does’nt mean he lied. Maybe, just maybe, he doesnt want every person on that commitee OR the public. going over his medical information.

  19. This seems fishy to me. If I had chance to nail the person that mishandled my medical treatment I’d take it. For him to drop the cancer bomb and immediately want to move on once people want to look into doesn’t look right.

  20. Wow, I really don’t understand the reaction most folks have in the comments here. The way I see it, Williams has almost nothing to gain from going through this process. If you think that makes him look fishy, and that Williams’ claims are sketchy, you might be right. Wait for his career to end, and if you don’t see a civil lawsuit within a year, you were right. Until then, you’re much more confident in what you see and what you know than I think you should be.

  21. As all Skins’ fans know (including me), it’s possible to have disdain for the owner, GM, and still be angry at a player on the opposite side, all at the same time. This is our burden as loyal fans.

    Deion
    Haynesworth
    RGme
    Swearinger
    Williams (though it wasn’t long ago he was a favorite)
    etc…

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