The NFL Players Association came to the Washington Redskins defense to deal with Trent Williams, accusing the NFL network of using misinformation in an attempt to tarnish the player's reputation.
The NFLPA posted a statement on his Twitter account, endorsing Williams and saying
Williams, 31, revealed a cancer diagnosis yesterday that led to the removal of a tumor from his skull and that plays a role in his continued medical distrust and distrust. staff of the team and organization. Williams said he informed the medical team six years ago.
Without specifically mentioning anyone, the NFLPA stated that "the NFL's own network" uses unsolicited information "designed to downplay Trent's reputation."
On Friday, former Washington General Manager and current NFL Network analyst Charlie Caserly said Williams was told three years ago that his head growth should be tested and added that the player had never scheduled the procedure . Casserly also suggested that Williams' payment was financially related.
The Union said while considering its options, it also respects Williams' desire to put the issue behind him and not "experience a painful experience when his life is threatened"
Williams remains uncertain whether he will play again for the Reds. He told the team that he was experiencing discomfort on his scalp after wearing his helmet during his physical condition. That was enough for the Redskins to fail his physical. The team is trying to find a personalized helmet for Williams.
Williams said he told the pre-season team that he wanted guaranteed money in the last two years of his contract – neither of which is guaranteed.
This report uses information from ESPN's John Keim and The Associated Press.