Trent Williams believed for years growth on his head was benign cyst

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Washington tackle Trent Williams stayed silent for months. He now sees no reason to continue to keep quiet.

In a lengthy interview with 106.7 The Fan in D.C., Williams addressed a variety of issues related to the health condition flowing from what he believed to be simply an unsightly cyst on his head.

“I know the way the picture is painted is that I had skepticism for five-and-a-half years of this being something more,” Williams said. “That’s not the case. I just kept going back because it was strictly cosmetic, man. It was strictly cosmetic, man.”

Williams said he wanted to get the growth removed because of how it looked, not because of what it could be. He said that team doctors shared his lack of urgency.

“I wasn’t begging them to take it off because I thought it was something that would be detrimental to my health,” Williams said. “I just wanted it gone. It was an eyesore to me.”

Williams said he’d wanted to get the growth removed while separately getting surgery performed on his thumb and knee, but that “for varying reasons” that couldn’t happen.

“So what happened is the plastic surgeon,” Williams said, “when he was in there numbing me up to cut the piece off or whatever and he just kept saying, ‘I’m not sold that this is a cyst.’ And I was like you know, ‘Trust me, man. The doctors I’ve been going to for four or five years . . . every doctor told me the same thing. It’s a cyst. I just want it gone. Cut that shit out. Please.’

“And he called one of the docs — the team doctors — and he reassured him that they’ve been looking at it and this is what they think it is and so he said, ‘All right, I’m gonna go ahead and cut it off.'”

That’s a damning allegation, one that should be fairly easy to prove or debunk with a review of the medical records. Some think Williams has declined to cooperate with a joint NFL-NFL Players Association committee because he fears the truth coming out. Williams explained, as surmised here, that he simply sees no benefit in going along with the team’s attempt to whitewash the situation.

“It’s a P.R. move,” Williams said. “It’s a PR move to say, ‘Look, we’re trying to . . . .’ If at the end of the day, it said, ‘Yeah, we’re wrong, here goes your money,’ or ‘Here goes we cost you X amount of dollars this season,’ then yeah, but that isn’t the case. All it is is just writing a report and saying, ‘Hey, this doctor could have did better. Hey, this doctor could have did better.’ Like, who wins in that? You get what I’m saying? It ain’t like I’m going to court, to where I can go through an investigation and they say someone’s guilty. Here goes the reparations. That isn’t the case, and if that was, I’d be all for it. But since it isn’t, then what’s the point of wasting my time?”

That raises an obvious question: Why not sue? Why not seek compensation for alleged malpractice?

For now, Williams isn’t even inclined to challenge the decision to place him on the non-football injury list and not pay him. He wants one thing and one thing only: To be gone from Washington.

Although Washington seems to be intent on trading him, wouldn’t it make sense for the team to offer to terminate his contract in exchange for a full and complete waiver and release of any and all claims that could be made under the labor deal or in any court of law? As P.R. moves go, that could be the best one that an inherently dysfunctional franchise has made in years.

It’s also the right thing to do. Which rarely gets considered in situations like this. But which should.

17 responses to “Trent Williams believed for years growth on his head was benign cyst

  1. If he was going to sue, he would have to have damages. At this point, what are his damages? It seems that the growth being removed has cured him unless someone believes otherwise.

  2. While it seemed obvious Skins should’ve traded him and that they didn’t through spite, I now wonder if the reason they didn’t was worse – using the threat of no pay to try to silence him.

  3. You’re completely right. It would be the smart thing for Washington to do. So, they will probably do the opposite. I expect Bruce has only begun to dig in. We should start seeng suspicious rumors circulating about all the problems with Williams anytime now.

  4. In all fairness to the Redskins they have every right to to defend themselves against these damning allegations. We all deserve an independent review to get the facts. Still unsure why Williams is refusing to do so…

  5. So… mr. lawyer… are you representing the nfl or the player?!?

    If I were William’s lawyer… I would sue/settlement and collect.

    The nfl has proven that it can’t be trusted… and… you want him to trust
    that he will be re-signed by a different team for a big chunk of change.

    What is freedom… if you are forced to live on an uninhabited island.

  6. He stayed away because of differences with the team didn’t he. It is unclear that this “misdiagnosis” led to all of the other issues.

    I also am not sure that the designation of PUP means they are not paying him. I think it helps the team replace the roster spot.

    So, if he is getting paid this year, and he is cured, what are his damages. He might have some, don’t know, but my point is he has to have damages to recover in a suit.

  7. Which is it? Was he skeptical of the diagnosis but never bothered to get a 2nd opinion for 5 years or did he just assume it was just a cyst that apparently bothers him so he wanted it removed? I ask because he has said both HIMSELF. His words were not mischaracterized. His answer differed because of the PR battle. That means he is lying in some way. He has also said himself that playing without guarantees should not be done by a player of his caliber. It seems more and more likely, based on the player’s own words and circumstances when he said them, that he wanted more money, did not get it so he felt disrespected and wanted to leave. The cyst drama was most likely intentionally dramatized for leverage and sympathy. It is the DC version of Ramsey’s back. No doubt if he would have been released or traded somewhere he liked it would have miraculously healed to the point of not being an issue at all. I think the Redskins staff have messed up royally many times over the years but this situation is not one of those times.

  8. I don’t get it. He says he won’t participate in because it will help the Redskins whitewash everything? How? If it is truly unbiased, then there will be no whitewashing. And if he goes the lawsuit route, then there will be discovery. Wouldn’t that basically be the same thing?

  9. As a regular patient of dermatologists for over forty years, it seems strange to me that one hasn’t been involved in this case from the beginning. Something about this whole case stinks.

  10. I see the trolls on payroll posting their employer’s line on here again against the player. Honestly, no one that isn’t on Washington’s payroll would fault The player in this case. NO ONE! The team screwed up in a big way. I guess expecting them to do the right thing now is still too much to ask.

  11. And if Trent in the 5 years that he went through the process of the team doctor telling him it was just a cyst, if he at any point in those 5 years felt that it was something else… what stopped him from getting a second opinion from an outside doctor. Trent your body is your money maker! It family over team any day of the week. Should’ve done what Kawhi did when SA was telling him bout the knee. Kawhi said I think I’ll got a second opinion. See how well it worked out for Kawhi.

  12. streetyson says:
    November 8, 2019 at 5:24 pm
    While it seemed obvious Skins should’ve traded him and that they didn’t through spite, I now wonder if the reason they didn’t was worse – using the threat of no pay to try to silence him.
    Y’all can stop running with the trade talk at this point. The trade would’ve been voided because he couldn’t pass the physical anyway with him not able to put his helmet on without discomfort. Unless miraculously he could get the helmet on, pass the physical and this whole cyst/cancer scenario was really about the guaranteed money the entire time.

  13. There are two problems with a malpractice case:

    First, in reverse order, he will have a difficult time proving damages. He is on record as saying “he was ready to play” at the latest early in the season. The only reason he did not play this season was his anger with the organization. That is an intervening cause that eliminates causation between the alleged malpractice and the alleged injury (damages.)

    Second, he has to prove that there was negligence. Doctors can be wrong, they just can’t be negligent. The problem he will face is that based on what has been reported, the plastic surgeon who he retained outside the organization believed the growth was a cyst before surgery. If a specialist failed to recognize this rare condition, it will be very difficult to show that the orthopedic physicians were negligent in failing to recognize the issue earlier.

    Between the fact that malpractice will be difficult to prove, and even if it were, it would be very difficult to prove actual damages, this doesn’t seem to be a good bet for a malpractice suit.

  14. Why does everyone assume that they misdiagnosed for all of those years? It is completely possible that the cyst turned cancerous in the last year and was benign for those years coming up to it.

    He even said he didn’t believe it to be bad, and that he just wanted it gone so because of cosmetic reasons. Then there is even the fact that since he declined to have the joint review that we don’t really know that it was cancerous, just what he said and the Skins can’t refute.

  15. It’s a shame that a guy with all that time and money couldn’t find the ambition to get a second opinion on his own.

    Maybe the lack of ambition and the cancerous growth could all be related to all that weed you’ve smoked.

    As a medical professional, I’m just saying.

  16. “It is completely possible that the cyst turned cancerous”

    While a cyst may be associated with a cancer, cysts almost never turn cancerous. Other skin lesions can, but not cysts.

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