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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Vikings to pay Williamson, Childress said

After discussing the matter with ownership and the leadership council, Vikings coach Brad Childress said the club will pay WR Troy Williamson, after all.

As first reported by the Pioneer Press, the Vikings initially withheld Williamson's $25,888 paycheck because he missed last Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers to handle arrangements for hi grandmother's funeral in South Carolina, a decision that drew national criticism.

"In the end, after conversations with the Wilfs and the leadership group, (the Vikings) decided that he receive that paycheck," Childress said. "The big thing is, everybody grieves differently. That's the message conveyed to me by the group.

"It's not important to be right but to get it right," Childress said.

Childress also addressed his players, many of whom were upset with the decision, this morning at a 9 a.m. meeting. He also visited with Williamson, as well.

Childress said he addressed the matter today, so the issue would be "behind us" by Sunday, when the Vikings play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

3 Comments:

Blogger Bob said...

Does this idiot actually think that his reversal on this issue actually makes things OK again? How stupid can one person be. I think all the players should quit on this loser. The season is already in the toilet with the exception of AP.

1:28 PM  
Blogger M.C. said...

Childress needs to work on his people skills.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

The initial decision was incredibly insensitive. Seems like the only reason it was reversed was public outrage. Definite black mark on the organization. In regard to Childress's comment about "...getting it right", I agree that it is better to reverse a bad decision than not. However, it is best to make the decision correctly in the first place, especially on an issue this obvious.

6:56 PM  

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