Thursday, November 20, 2008

Possibly the most bizarre sports story of the year!


The whole Williamson controversy really cranked up last year in Minnesota. The Vikings sent the speedy receiver to the Nike vision center in Oregon in hopes that drills assigned to him there would cure the oft-witnessed dropped passes that were plaguing Williamson’s career to that point. The receiver played along, but eye tests and countless offseason drills didn’t render a lasting improvement with him. Williamson finished 2007 with 18 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown.

The real controversy came during the middle of his final season in Minnesota. When Williamson missed the Chargers game on Nov. 4 to tend to funeral arrangements for his grandmother, who played a big hand in raising him, the Vikings initially docked Williamson a week’s pay...

After consulting with his players committee, Childress decided to give Williamson his pay, but the hard feelings Williamson had about the incident didn’t recede.
"After that, I had no more respect for Childress," Williamson said. "That is gone out the window and I don’t see that coming back ever. So that bridge is burned."

The receiver said Wednesday in Jacksonville that he would like to “duke it out” with Childress when the Vikings visit Jacksonville Sunday, according to the Associated Press. "We can meet on the 50-yard line and we can go at it," he said.

“He doesn’t know there’s a buffer zone,” Childress told Minnesota reporters. “I’ve got other things to worry about. I don’t need any fines.”
Childress was asked about Williamson’s comments in a conference call with Jacksonville reporters and initially said, “I’m not going to bite on that one” and then, “We thought a change of scenery would be good for both of us.”
A reporter then asked Childress to humor them and give his height and weight, as if he were preparing for a fight. "Do you need my reach? I'm not like a woman; I'll give you my weight,” Childress said. “It's 190 pounds of twisted steel and rompin', stompin' dynamite. Is that enough humor for you?”

Williamson even told Jacksonville reporters he would fight with both hands tied behind his back.
Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio may have put a damper on the situation, however, when he said it was “unlikely” that Williamson would play because of a groin injury. Jacksonville acquired Williamson from the Vikings this offseason and gave up a sixth-round draft choice to get him.

1 comment:

eric said...

Hey buddy - I just posted, too! =)

Yeah, I read that story about Williamson earlier today. What a waste of talent, if he had any. He seems to be the Kerry Woods of football - all that talent, but injuries and other weird stuff, and it never goes anywhere. Too bad.