NFLPA Issues Statement Supporting Trent Williams, Accuses NFL Network of “Misinformation”

The union says it "continues to consider potential action"

Redskins Player Reveals Team Doctors Failed to Diagnosis Cancer
Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins walks off the field. (Mitchell Leff/Getty)
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By Bonnie Stiernberg / November 3, 2019 2:04 pm

On Sunday (Nov. 3), the NFL Players’ Association issued a statement in support of Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams after Williams spoke out earlier this week about team doctors’ failure to diagnose a cancerous growth on his scalp. The union also accused the NFL Network of using “misinformation” to tarnish the 31-year-old player’s reputation.

“In our multiple conversations with Trent and his agent, we have considered various options based on the facts, but we also understand that Trent wants to put all this behind him, not relive a painful experience when his life was in danger and move on with his career,” the statement reads. “We are also aware of misinformation being repeated on the NFL’s own network that is not sourced and is only designed to tarnish Trent’s reputation. Our union supports Trent, is protecting his rights and continues to consider potential action if a campaign against him continues.”

On Friday, NFL Network analyst (and former Washington general manager) Charley Casserly claimed that Williams was told three years ago that the growth on his scalp should be tested but he never scheduled the procedure. Williams insists he informed the team of the growth six years ago.

Earlier in the week, the Redskins put out a statement announcing that they’ve asked the NFL’s Management Council and NFLPA to review the medical records and the care given to Williams.

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