Trent Williams: “The bridge has definitely been burned”

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Washington closed the door on Trent Williams returning this season by putting him on the non-football injury list yesterday.

But according to Williams, the door, the road leading up to it, and everything else was already ablaze well before then.

Williams told Mike Jones of USA Today that he wants to play again, but knows it’s not likely to be in his current place of employment.

“I feel like everything has run its course,” Williams said. “I mean, I do want to play football still and I’m not a free agent until after the 2020 season, so who knows. But the bridge has definitely been burned, and any efforts now, basically are, in my opinion, pretty much just CYA.”

Williams stayed away this offseason, amid concerns about his medical care for a tumor on his head. Since then, the team has requested a third-party investigation of the care he received, which only deepened the divide.

“If I felt like they were genuine, I’d be all for it,” Williams said. “They’re not doing it to find out what went wrong. They’re doing it to cover their butts.

“Mine isn’t the only situation they got wrong. There are a lot of situations they could have looked into. Why didn’t they do it before now? Why didn’t they do it in Colt [McCoy’s] case? [McCoy needed multiple surgeries to repair his broken leg] And they keep putting out these false reports. That’s never helpful. I just feel like regardless of what the findings of the investigation are, they’re going to try to find a way to paint me negatively and make themselves look better.”

Williams also said he thought recent leaks and stories about him were planted by the organization, out of a desire to make him look greedy. He acknowledges there were talks about a new contract at one point, but that wasn’t the reason for his unhappiness.

“I had a lot of anger about my situation,” Williams said. “I felt like they could have worked something out if they really wanted me. But the breaking point was how things played out with my health and how I felt like I was mistreated. I put this organization first for so long, but they never took it seriously, and I do stand for something, and I felt like it’s not just a stand for me, but for future players as well. Because let’s be honest, they’ve got a bad track record.”

Williams is likely to be traded this offseason, but the team had chances to do that this year, making it look like a spite-driven decision.

58 responses to “Trent Williams: “The bridge has definitely been burned”

  1. Unlike some other players who receive an endless amount of ink, while all they have to say is bizarre and/or unintelligible, Williams seems very believable. His words are well chosen. His ideas seem well thought through. His objections seem very reasonable.
    If it all a matter of “who said what and when” I am much more likely to believe a guy like this and root for him I will my team could find a way to get him this off season.

  2. One of the worst run franchises in any of the 4 major sports. Snyder is a horrible owner and is just scamming the Redskins fans for every dime he can take from them.

  3. Bob. Just Bob. says:
    November 8, 2019 at 9:23 am
    Trent Williams may literally be the biggest baby in the world.

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    Are you kidding me man!! The Redskins cared more about him playing than health (Tumor). You’d be a little upset to.

  4. Here’s a guy who is demanding a nanny state from the NFL. He should blame the union more then anything else. Hey you know anytime a team advises a player to do something they run immediately to the union and their agents to get their advice.
    Could have gone to a derm specialist and got a biopsy, it takes like two minutes to do and would have known the situation years ago. Letting it grow? Letting it grow and seeing it grow everyday and its the Skins fault. BS

  5. The Washington R organization has to be the worst in all of sports. How dysfunctional! They had trade offers and passed. There are handful of NFL ownerships that are abysmal. The NFL needs to find a way to force out those owners. Unfortunately for the fans no matter how many coaches, GMs, or QBs these organizations cycle through, a bad owner will trump all. That’s why these bad organizations seem to remain stuck at the bottom. I am looking at you Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and NY Jets. Just look how hard it’s been for Dallas to overcome JJ.

  6. “Mine isn’t the only situation they got wrong.” “They’re going to try to find a way to paint me negatively and make themselves look better.” “Let’s be honest, they’ve got a bad track record.”

    Truth, truth, and truth. Keep speaking it, Trent. And see if you can get Bruce fired in the process.

  7. It was probably mentioned to him to seek further care. Patient’s are often told to follow up and don’t do it. Maybe he expected them to do it all for him. It’s unclear of this is the case. One thing for sure is that he’ll never play for the Redskins again. This has been known for a year. It’s correct to say that this organization is inept and out of touch at this point. The only thing that could save this team is a sale.

  8. MaxPayne says:
    November 8, 2019 at 9:34 am
    Here’s a guy who is demanding a nanny state from the NFL. He should blame the union more then anything else. Hey you know anytime a team advises a player to do something they run immediately to the union and their agents to get their advice.
    Could have gone to a derm specialist and got a biopsy, it takes like two minutes to do and would have known the situation years ago. Letting it grow? Letting it grow and seeing it grow everyday and its the Skins fault. BS
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    You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about

  9. The guy probably told them during the winter that he wasn’t going to play for them again. The redskins had months before the season started to jettison him for either a first rounder or maybe a couple of 3rd’s. But they chose the worst option, hanging on to a disgruntled employee that has sympathy from the fanbase because of how inept the franchise is. Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen ladies and gents.

  10. Bob. Just Bob. says:
    November 8, 2019 at 9:23 am
    Trent Williams may literally be the biggest baby in the world.
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    The guy had a cancerous tumor removed from his head. What’s wrong with you?

  11. boo hoo. Mr. 100 Million Dollar professional athlete that earns a living with his body can’t pony up for a trip to a dermatologist? I’m not a millionaire or a pro athlete, but you can bet I’d get a second opinion even if i have to come out of pocket a couple hundred bucks for it, I have my own GP too. This guy is a child that’s holding his breath because daddy didn’t do everything for him. I hope this season doesn’t accrue for him and he’s stuck in this contract for two more years. It would have been better if they had ditched him last off season, but here we are now. I’m generally a player first guy, but screw him. This is his fault, not the Redskins. And honestly, that’s an unfamiliar thing to say.

  12. spielman54moore84 says:
    November 8, 2019 at 9:46 am
    They’re called Team Doctors, not Players Doctors. Do you let the Team Lawyer handle your contract too?
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    So much wrong with this analogy. Lawyers have a fiduciary responsibility to their client. Meanwhile Doctors have a responsibility to their PATIENT. No matter who is paying them. There are mutliple laws and ethics codes that guide this.

  13. Dominick Monaco says:

    Are you kidding me man!! The Redskins cared more about him playing than health (Tumor). You’d be a little upset to.
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    Ther Redskins medical staff told the guy to get a biopsy 3 years ago and he never did. Which led to his issue. Totally Williams fault on this one. Sorry for those who just want to hate on the skins. And I am not even a skins fan.

  14. I agree with Trent, I understand his grievance, and I also agree with much of the sentiment regarding the Redskins dysfunction since DannySny took over. With that being said, if you are an NFL player, never completely trust team-doctors- always have your own advocate to fall back on.

  15. My god, the Redskins, how they have fallen. This franchise was stellar in the 80’s, and as an Illinois Packer fan, I still can’t thank them enough for beating the Bears in the ’86 and ’87 season playoffs, both at Soldier Field. That was glorious, and I won’t ever forget it. But now? Sheesh, what a dumpster fire. Hail to the Garbage. Terrible.

  16. Williams is not being totally forthcoming with the facts surrounding how the organization treated him, regardless of how poorly run the Redskins are and how much of a terrible owner Snyder is and his Dark Prince Bruce Allen.

    Here is a snippet from a major article concerning facts Williams didn’t mention……

    Here is an excerpt form Mike Jones USA interview with Williams today. Snyder flew him to Houston to get a second opinion so that is why he did not bad mouth

    Snyder with the interview he did a few days ago. This article says Snyder had to deal with cancer before (I think his wife had cancer) so he was empathetic with Williams

    situation. Here are the direct quotes:

    In January 2019, Williams had a biopsy of the growth. He said he received a call while at the Pro Bowl informing him that it was indeed cancer. At that point, according to Williams , Redskins owner Daniel Snyder flew him on a private jet to Chicago for an examination, to his hometown of Houston for a second opinion and then back to Chicago for surgery.

  17. No, Trent. You blew up the bridge long ago when you were suspended for illegal substances. Since then you have been absolutely worthless. You infected the offensive line with your vegan diet and that caused multiple injuries which came from lack of protein in the diet.

    Face it, sir, you have not been more than an average player for at least three years.

    And then we find you are stump stupid. You whine about the team not giving you the medical care that a primary physician would give you. Fact is, sir, you didn’t take your lazy butt to a real doctor to find out what a PERSISTENT bump on your head was about.

    I am no millionaire. I am not a fat jock. But when I had a bump on the back of my neck, I didn’t wait YEARS OR MONTHS to have it looked at. Within several weeks of this thing getting larger, I went to a doctor. And I did it on the eve of a hurricane to the Emergency Room. And sir, I was not lazy when the ER doctor told me that there was nothing infected – once I knew we were safe here, I went to my real doctor who proceeded to declare it infected and then I had several days of having it lanced, squeezed, and copious amounts of pus removed.

    Had I been you, I would have whined that the team doctor (specialist in jock itch and administering pain killers) had missed it.

    You are a disgrace. You are part of the reason I divorced the Redskins after 47 years of being a fan. You were always stealing credit you did not deserve and you spent the last three years resting on your laurels doing jack to help this team.

    Good riddance. I blew up the bridge to the team in 2018 and you were one of the reasons I now spit in your face.

  18. ““They’re going to try to find a way to paint me negatively and make themselves look better.” “Let’s be honest, they’ve got a bad track record.””

    Absolutely. Throwing players and coaches under the bus is what Washington does best. It certainly isn’t anything to do with winning games on the football field.

  19. When you go to the doctor they don’t assume you have some rare disorder. They start with the most common, realistic option and move on from there. If Williams had a minor problem and they put him through a bunch of unnecessary tests he would be complaining about that. If Williams is going to make public accusations he should put out the facts and not hide behind privacy laws. We are only hearing one side of the story.

  20. But the breaking point was how things played out with my health and how I felt like I was mistreated. I put this organization first for so long, but they never took it seriously, and I do stand for something, and I felt like it’s not just a stand for me, but for future players as well. Because let’s be honest, they’ve got a bad track record.”

    Did he put the organization first with multiple failed drug tests and suspensions?

    Also, I’m 1000% on board with firing Allen and moving on with a new GM/President, but how Williams didn’t go on his own to get a major growth in his head looked at by an independent doctor will not allow me to give him any empathy for this episode. People, especially with unlimited means and ample free time have the obligation to look after their own medical affairs.

  21. Regardless of how Trent Williams feels, good for him for making a stance about his health. I’m used to the Patriots who do most things correctly, but I have to agree with others. The Redskins are such a dysfunctional organization you can’t help but blame the guy. Other than the NY Nicks owner, Synder is an absolute cancer to that once great organization. What a shame, those fans deserve much better.

  22. “Mine isn’t the only situation they got wrong.” “They’re going to try to find a way to paint me negatively and make themselves look better.” “Let’s be honest, they’ve got a bad track record.”

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    Yes, the Redskins got it wrong with Su’a Cravens, Alex Smith, and Colt McCoy. The truth hurts.

  23. “You infected the offensive line with your vegan diet and that caused multiple injuries which came from lack of protein in the diet.”

    Guess you don’t realize the protein shakes these guys have all the time are made from whey protein which is, you know, a vegan source. As are plenty of other vegan options.

  24. Redskins are so inept at assessing talent that it will take some one a good 6 years to straighten it out, the sad thing is until Snyder gets rid of Bruce Allen and gets some one that knows talent and keep his (Snyder) nose out of it is when it will start to get better.

  25. Truth, truth, and truth. Keep speaking it, Trent. And see if you can get Bruce fired in the process.
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    Here’s my take: Clearly something else happened behind the scenes between Trent and Bruce Allen. In the five years since the misdiagnosis and today something happened that left Trent’s relationship with Allen “[irreparable]”. Yet Williams still has a “good” relationship with Dan Snyder.

    Whatever happened, it can’t be good for Allen’s relationship with the team. So the question is whether it’s worth sacrificing Trent Williams if it means we can finally get rid of Allen too? I honestly don’t know– it’s a toss up.

  26. Its pretty unfair that he can bash the Redskins to the media, but they are not allowed to defend themselves.

  27. Team doctors are familiar with the medications permitted by the NFL – most primary care doctors have no idea what is prohibited so it is logical to assume that the team doctors are viewed by players as their primary care doctor. Some team doctor may have recommended that Williams see a dermatologist (how that recommendation was delivered – verbal or in writing – will become key to Washington’s argument that the delay is totally William’s fault); he or she may have recorded it in the notes prepared during or after William’s physical. Each player has an exit physical at the end of the year and a training camp physical. Is it believable that the team doctor ignored the growing lesion or failed to ask if Williams had undergone treatment? Most doctors would describe the size of the growth in their notes. Didn’t the team doctors read their own notes? Charlie Casserly claims to have been presented with indisputable “proof” that Williams was told to go to a dermatologist more than three years ago (Belichick famously asked when Casserly got anything right). Leaving aside the disclosure of personal medical information presumably by the team to Casserly, Williams must have gone through at least four additional physicals. Casserly says the team changed team doctors during the period Williams noticed the growth (presumably squamous cell carcinoma since Williams has not mentioned chemotherapy for melanoma). Presuming the new team doctor is a licensed physician, he or she would have read their predecessor’s notes. Any competent doctor would then ask Williams if the growth had been examined by a dermatologist – particularly if the player’s subsequent physicals did not indicate treatment. This is now about the competency of the medical care in Washington. The union must get involved to ensure that adequate medical protocols are in place and more importantly being followed. Since Washington placed Williams on NFI and refused to pay any more of his 2019 salary this is headed for a grievance at a minimum. It has the potential to morph into a league wide problem as more teams are queried about their medical protocols.

  28. Well Duhhh?
    Like this hasn’t been known since before the season started……Redskins stepping over those dirty dollars to pick up them shiny dimes…..
    The guy wants out…. WHY would you not trade him for firure picks??? WHY keep a disgruntled player on your team & in your locker room????
    Such a STUPIDLY run organization!!!

  29. For people who are anti unions. Back in the old days, before unions and agents, players pretty much had to do what they were told and just deal with it.

  30. I feel for Trent but this isn’t entirely the organizations fault. I say that because Trent could have easily went and got a second opinion. If he felt that the team medical staff wasn’t diagnosing the ailment he could have gone to another doctor.

  31. That team could care less about player health. Like when they threw RGIII out there on a bad leg. Glad they lost trade value when they could have just moved on and there be no story.

  32. This organization stinks from the top down. Bruce Allen came, but it was dysfunctional before he got here. It’s just gotten worse. I’m a Maryland resident and would love to enjoy good football from both beltways. At least we have a great AFC team.

  33. Snyder wins no matter how the team plays. When they suck, as they do now other than for Kerrigan, the Skins fans stay home and the opposing team’s fans fill the stadium. Does anyone really think Synder cares whose dollars are lining his pockets? 80% Pats fans in the seats… “Hey their money is green isn’t it.” 75% of the seats full of (whatever) team’s fans? “So we lose a few tee shirt sales, but hey, they have to eat and drink, too, right, so no big deal.” The little fat cat gets richer, his team’s fans stay home and he could care less. No way is this little Napolean going to get rid of his golden egg laying goose. Redskins fans are stuck with this little tyrant and there isn’t a damned thing they can do about it. Root for the Pats, Skins fans. At least you’ll be rooting for a winner with a GOAT coach and a GOAT QB unlike what the moronic Allen puts on the field…. And he isn’t going anywhere either as long as he keeps licking Snyder’s boots.

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