Williamson lashes out at Childress

Posted on November 19th, 2008 – 11:59 AM
By Mark Craig

 To say Troy Williamson is bitter with Vikings coach Brad Childress is an understatement.

On this morning’s conference call with the Minnesota media, Williamson was asked about the team’s decision not to pay him for the week after he missed the San Diego game because of the death of his grandmother. The Vikings eventually changed their minds and paid Williamson for the week.

Williamson was asked if he knew his days in Minnesota were over after that happened.

“You can truly say that,” Williamson said. “After that, I had no more respect for Childress. That’s gone out the window and I don’t see that coming back ever. That bridge is burned.”

Williamson was traded to the Jaguars for a sixth-round draft pick this past offseason. He’s been bothered by a groin injury since the preseason and has been limited to four catches for 27 yards and one touchdown in just five games.

UPDATE: I asked Childress for his reaction during today’s press conference. He said:

“I’m not going to get into old news. He’s entitled to his opinion.”

77 Responses to "Williamson lashes out at Childress"

Jason says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

WAAAAAA. Do we need to call the WAAAAAMBULANCE for you Mr. Stone Hands?

bob says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

It’s not like Troy ever dropped any balls ar anything. He always was real solid on the fundamentals and showed he had the toughness and grit to succed at the highest levels of the NFL.

steve says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

oh please williamson, you couldnt even catch a ball even after going through a special session of learning how to catch the ball.but yes childress sucks he needs to hit the road.anyone have cowlers number, hey ziggy you wanna win theres a guy that wont put up with dead beat players!!!!!!!childress started by getting rid of williamson, the one good thing he’s done. heres a tissue williamson

WCCO Scott says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

I wish Troy well. As a sixth round draft pick 4 catches, 1 TD and 300 drops is OK.

But as the next Randy Moss, that is just one more flat tire in the kick ass offense…

Derek says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

So if Childress would have said to Troy…. “Sorry Troy we have to bench you because you can’t catch” Would Williamson still be mad?

Ryan says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

We could have had Shawne Merriman with that pick. :(

Tice Rules says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Why is everyone on Chili’s side on this one? Childress and the Vikings made a bone-headed move to not pay Troy during that week, and Troy just stated that he lost his respect for Childress because of it. What is wrong with that? I know everyone is still angry at Troy because he can’t catch, but it’s not his fault that the Vikings drafted him that high and built up expectations for him. I’m sure the guy tries as hard as he can and just can’t overcome his suckiness. But I’d rather have Troy COACHING this team right now that Chili!

Blaah says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

I think they should have docked him pay for all the games he played for the Vikes. With his dropped catches and lack of production he should have played on the practice squad and not on the real team. You stink Williamson

Steve says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Troy is right, the mean old vikings didn’t want to pay him for a week that he didn’t work, regardless of circumstances, just like most of us Seriously, it would have been better if he said he lost respect for chilly as a result of his continuing to allow troy to play. i guess that huge signing bonus couldn’t cover some of those weekly expenses. Good riddance.

SF says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Williamson done wrong? YES! More than one party at fault for the whole situation? ABSOLUTELY! Williamson, please remember what you get paid to do . . . run routes, CATCH BALLS, and maybe throw a block or two. Focus on those few things, and you just might be successful as a Professional Football Player. Don’t let all of the “other stuff” get in your way, and I wish you luck, you’ll need it!

Andii says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Childress is a horrible coach. Willamson didn’t draft himself to the team.

Everyman says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

If I left my job for a funeral, I wouldn’t be paid, why should he?

I don’t know if NFL players are granted “Paid Time-Off”, but I would doubt it. Bottom line, you get paid for what you work.

Matthew Bradley says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Well Troy, I think you burnt the bridge with fans in Minnesota after too many loses were put at your feet because you couldn’t hold on the d*** ball!! I have to say, you were the biggest WR bust I have ever seen. How on earth another team picked you up will forever be a mystery to me

atfateshands says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

The point here is how the Vikings refused to pay him until the national media picked up the story, then relented and paid him.

I think the organization lost a lot of respect not only with TW, but with a lot of other players and teams.

I would expect this of the Red McCombs regime, not Zigi.

joe12pack says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Throw out the (Arena League) record books when the Jackson-Williamson duo take the field for the SabreCats in 2010!

Tony says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Every where I have worked you get 3 days funeral pay.Had I ignored managements request to return to work I would lose my job. Troy stop worrying about how you were wronged and start think about how you were wronging Minnesota fans.

Tice says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Tice Rules is right…it’s not Troy’s fault he couldn’t catch, wouldn’t that be something you’d find out before drafting him…front office’s problem, not Troy’s…he got paid…you think he’s bitter about sucking and being in the NFL….I’d take that life…

Hockeydad says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

WCCO Scott, don’t forget that Chilli had nothing to do with selecting Williamson. And to be fair, by all accounts, neither did Tice – allegedly it was a Studwell pick, with Tice lobbying for Merriman.

Chili was wrong to do what he did after Williamson’s grandmother died, but Williamson’s complaints just sound silly when he was such a horrible player here. Maybe the expectations were too high for him, but Troy cannot honestly say “I gave them everthing I had while in MN and that’s how I was treated?” Please.

Brad says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Funny article. Someone who sucks at their job mad at someone else who sucks at their job.

George Hark says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Troy,,,,,if you would just no talk I think you would be better off, I dont think you should get paid anyway and I still cant believe your still in the nfl, 7th overall pick my ass, wow what a waste.

Shane says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:57 pm

HAHA! The WAAAAMBULANCE! That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a post ever… You made me laugh out loud, Jason.


SteveDils says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

I agree with “Everyman’s” statement. If I recall, Williamson was gone for over a week. We have all dealt with the loss of a loved one, but all had to go back to work. I don’t have the exact number of days he missed, but it seemed like it was quite lengthy. It also seems that Troy’s excuse was that he had to make family arrangements. This would be the time his agent/adviser should have stepped in and took care of those details and earned his percentage. I don’t feel sorry for Williamson, and for the record Childress didn’t draft stone hands, that was done under Tice’s watch.

Pilver says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

He was very bad…. Blame it on somebody else….

baltovike says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Uhhh, missing the game was just an excuse. They didn’t play you because you couldn’t catch the clap in a wh0rehouse. But good to see you’re still in the league dropping passes in Jville. WORST DRAFT PICK EVER.

Bob says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

What’s next? An article about Chili after he gets fired at the end of the season saying he was treated unfairly? Sheesh…

kuntakinte says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

1 underachiever hacking on another WHO REALLY CARES WHAT TROY BOY HAS TO SAY- ABOUT ANYTHING… good $$ and expectations – did not work – go lay by your dish

Brian says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:06 pm

He should be glad he got paid at all for his play on the field. Hey Troy Maybe if you could actually catch Water in a bucket during a rain storm people would actually care, But the truth is most of don’t. The fact that we even got a 6th round pick for you is pretty much robbery.

notafan says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Shouldn’t Vikings fans also be bitter over the multitude of dropped balls and lost potential TD’s that came courtesy of this guy?

Big tuna says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Troy couldnt catch a cold!

PurpleCanuck says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

We shouldn’t have drafted him, we shouldn’t have paid him for the week, and he is doing nothing but hurting his ability to linger in the league by lashing out at a former team. Yet another blunder for our franchise

Lonnie broks says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Troy’s an idiot and the Juguars are bigger idiots for giving up a draft pick for him. How many years of dropped passes do you have to see before you realize that this clown cannot be rehabilitated into NFL receiver. The biggest idiots of them all are the vikings scouts for drafting him with the 7th overall pick of the first round.

dj says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

We need to try and separate football from family here. The real issue is that Childress seemed to have a cold heart. Family is family, don’t ever forget that, because without family you’re alone. Football is a job, like any job, you should get time to be with your family in this type of situation, no questions asked.

What the F***? says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:25 pm


Who in Minnesota do you think gives a rats ass what Troy Williamson says, thinks, eats, or poops?

We know Childress is a moron, but so was Tice for drafting a receiver with “questionable” hands.

Just another wasted draft by the queens.

Matt B says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Wow you people are morons. So all of you saying that Williamson’s pay should be decreased because he sucks at football let me ask you this. If you make a mistake at your job do they take money away from you?, most likely not. If you do it often you will probably be fired which is pretty much what happened to Troy. I also like the compassion everybody has for him when his grandmother dies. You people make me sick.

Spergon Wynn says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Troy was the biggest bust in Vikings draft history, and that’s saying something.

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ManoLive says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

NOT PAYING TROY FOR THAT WEEK OFF was a good start. Troy should actually give back most of the money he was paid here since he didn’t do what he was paid for, namely catch balls. He couldn’t catch a criminal in a penitentiary.

What the F***? says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Matt B,

I’ve never met you, but I’m sure you are a pussy. You sound like a typical liberal victim.

Poor Troy.

F Troy. His contract was written very clearly. Tough hop.

If I screw up regarding my job, I get fired.

You are a dumbass.

MikeH says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

Troy Williamson: 4 catches 27 yards 1 TD. Enough said.

Jake says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Just to tell you how smart Childress is you should remember this: We released Tyler Thigpen so that we could have Tavaris “No Action” Jackson, Gus “The interception Bus” Frerrote, and John David Booty (no nickname required). Sure would like to have a QB with some promise instead of a guy who was too old to win back in 2005. The fact that Williamson couldn’t catch the balls our extremely sub par quarterbacks were throwing doesn’t mean he should be forced to work while mourning the passing of his grandmother. Anyone who thinks otherwise is ignorant not only to football but to human emotion.

Geno says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

I think it was wrong not to want to pay him for that. People do not always know how close someone is to mothers, fathers, grandparents, etc, etc. Bottom line is at the time he was a Vikings player, and deserved to be treated with respect by the Vikings. The big question here would be should he have still been here after all of the dropped passes. Probably not, but Williamson is not to blame for the Vikings stupidity for keeping him around.

JebJ says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Spergon Wynn, let me remind you of a certain Demetrius Underwood. Him or TW, Who was the biggest bust in draft history? I need a vote people

Geno says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Buster Rhymes? Na, probably the draft choice they lost by getting to the podium too late.

Dw says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Williamson sucks regardless of who he blames….WEIRD, Troy and Brad have something in common!


Rocky Russo says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Underwood is my vote. He was the start of the decline. He was also totally nuts. Hey, TW thanks for dropping us a line.It like everything else you’ve dropped.

Matt B says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

What the F***

I am no where near Liberal. Did you read where I wrote that he got “fired” for not performing. You do sound like an idiot though so you probably can’t read. He gets paid to play football not to catch passes. What was written in his contract very clearly? That they wouldn’t pay him if he dropped passes? Bet not. If you paid a player for performance or stats all the backups in the league wouldn’t get any money. Why don’t you think before you type.

Jake says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

I agree with Mark B 100% Oh and my vote for worst Viking draft pick is Underwood as well.

ncasey1 says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

He was paid for the funeral leave. He just didn’t come back when he was supposed to and if I pulled that crap I’d probably be fired without pay.

snappy viking says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

This is news how? A lot of people rip Childress here everyday and it doesn’t get reported.

Joe_blow says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

If my grandma died, I surely wouldn’t get paid to go to the funeral. Get over it. Freaking baby.

Mike says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Wow…I cannot believe you all…the Vikings really have your blinders on. The organization as a whole has dropped the figurative ball way more often than Troy Williamson (and thats a LOT of drops). No doubt Williamson has 2X4′s for hands, but when he was drafted I remember almost every national media outlet criticizing the pick as risky, at best–and they were right. The Vikings signed him and put him on the field, and he failed, just like the whole team has for…well…ever. The whole organization is an embarrasment, and those of you who are true “fans” should recognize it. Most of us get three paid funeral days, and I get five if it is out of state. How many of your mothers have died (his grandmother raised him) with you returning to work within a week…probably not many…the fact that Williamson is not a good reciever does not give the Vikings the right to be completely classless–althought that seems to be the only thing they do well. (besides finding new and ridiculous ways to lose football games).

eric says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Not sticking up for Chili, but Troy shouldn’t have been payed. He was gone for a number of days and didn’t notify anyone with the Vikes on how long he would be gone. If you ask me he should have been payed and then suspended without pay once he did get back. If I myself were gone for 4-5 days without notifying my employer, I probably wouldn’t have had a job when I got back, regardless if it was a funeral.

Ryan says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Williamson – assesment of former head coach – A+

– assesment of the deep route – F

Troy Williamson says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

I am down in Jacksonville and I still stink.

ncasey1 says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

A picture’s worth a thousand words. He had a bad day.


PAVikes says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Our funeral leave policy gives two days for a grandparent. My teachers make less in a year then what TW makes in a week. I think he could lose a week’s pay and still survive. Unless, that is of course, he runs in the same cirlces as Spreewell.

Is Demetrius still wearing that funny jacket with his arms tied behind him? Memories….good stuff.

Burned Bridge! says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Troy, are you sure you want to burn that bridge. I think the Vikings might want you back someday! NOT

Scruffy says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

It doesn’t matter if he dropped a ball or a thousand balls. It was a cheesedi_k thing to do on Chily’s part.

Tim says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Chilly put up with him one year longer than any other coach. The picture is great, Troy looking up for the ball and it’s on the ground. Classic.

jerry smith says:

November 19th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

he should have been benched in college. The guy cant catch a cold.

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November 19th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

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gene'o marino says:

November 19th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Cowher is an opp ever since he stuffed that paper in the officals mouth at half time of vikings game – goofball always looks like he’s pouting and that commercial on nfl network where he almost crys makes me puk – he’s a totally fake a$$ and who is Williamson? Has he ever played?? Why did jacksonville even pick him up?

sotaboy says:

November 19th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Who cares if he didn’t get paid. I’m sure it was little compared to the millions he has already made, but hardly earned.

the old bean of the duke a steen says:

November 19th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Seems Williamson didn’t appreciate it anyway when the Vikings did pay for the week off and he WASN’T let go because he missed that week like the article says……jojo speaks!!

Col.Klink says:

November 19th, 2008 at 3:46 pm

When asked his response to Williamsons’ comments Klink replied “I know Noting” “NOTHING”!

Matt B says:

November 19th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

I’m in the fetal position, rocking back and forth, and crying now.

I’m defending Troy not because he wasn’t a good player, but I have fond memories of the weekend we spent together. Let me tell you, he was my wide receiver, if you know what I mean.

p.s. I am a HUGE pussy.

They used to be good says:

November 19th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Williamson lashes out at Childress

This should read, “A no talent ass clown lashes out at a mentally challenged, egotistical, idiot.”

It should be posted in the obituaries.

klide says:

November 19th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

What a complete loser.
He should not have been paid.
The Vikes relented due to political correctness. He won’t even be on a roster next year.

tog2000 says:

November 19th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Before John Wilkes Booth died, he looked at his hands and said, “Useless. Useless.” Will Troy have a similar moment?

chucky8758 says:

November 19th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

In their defense, the Minnesota Vikings have a clear bereavement policy which allows any employee of their organization to take a maximum of three days of paid leave for the death of a spouse, child, parent or parent-in-law. Employees can take one day of paid leave for any other family members’ deaths. According to MSNBC.com Williamson left the team on October 29 following the death of his maternal grandmother. He then missed three practices as well as Sunday’s(11/4) 35-17 win over San Diego.

Tom says:

November 19th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

FOR the last time it was NOT Chilly’s decision, it was a team and organazational rule and also who gives flying FUK! Plus they paid him so shut up!

thrylos98 says:

November 19th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

if I remember correctly Mr Teflon, Ron Gardenhire, took a game off last summer in a pennant race for his kids’ high school graduation. He got paid and no eyebrows were raised. In most corporate jobs (and yes the Vikings are a corporation) there is something called a bereavement leave and it’s usually a working week a year.

On the other hand, 4 receptions for 27 yards with the Jags, means that it was not the Vikings that made him ineffective

Rogalla says:

November 19th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

His stats says everything about this
receiver !!!!!!


Rogalla says:

November 19th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Just as a follow-up the Vikes drafted
great with Moss and Peterson. What they seen in this loser is surprising.

Viking Fan #118 says:

November 19th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

What an article! Do you really think the reason for the trade was the negative press and that the Vikes had to change position and pay? I would say Williamson had overstayed his time and the Vikes got lucky finding someone to dump him on. Why is this news? It’s not like he was one of the “best” in the NFL like Culpepper. I think minnesota is better without them, well at least the team has a better chance of developing great chemistry. If only we could find someone to take Childress. Maybe he could start a sports talent agency with McHale.

willywithers says:

November 20th, 2008 at 12:58 am

Face it, the vikes play in the worst place, have the worst fans, and the franchise itself is one of the worst, right after Detroit. The Packers, like it or not, are one of the premier franchises in all of sports. Even when they are 5 and 5 the world gives a damn. The vikes? even their own fans leave them out in the cold and the rest of the NFL would just as soon have them move to Los Angeles. Oh yeah, the vikes also have the worst uniforms.

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