DeAngleo Williams Says No One From Carolina Panthers Came To His Mother’s Funeral
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
DeAngelo Williams, the Carolina Panthers‘ all-time leading rusher, was recently released from the franchise after 9 years with the team.
In an exclusive interview with WBTV’s Molly Grantham, Williams revealed that even though he has a lot of fond memories as a Panther, he made peace with his time within the organization last May.
Williams’ mother passed in May after a long fight with breast cancer and he says Panthers owner Jerry Richardson nor anyone on the team gave him much support.
“There’s a couple of things that upset me about the Panthers when my mom died,” Williams told Grantham. “Nobody came to the funeral. The owner didn’t reach out; he didn’t say anything.”
This is a surprising claim as family is emphasized in almost all sports franchises. Last month, general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Ron Rivera attended the funeral of defensive end Charles Johnson’s grandmother in Georgia.
Williams did confirm that he talked to Gettleman and Rivera shortly after his mother passed, and he says that there is now a new team policy in place for when players lose family members.
Williams was upset at some within the organization for how he claims they acted when his mother died, but he was not at bitter about their decision to release him.
“[Jonathan Stewart] had the hot hand at the end of the season. He’s a great running back, obviously. I don’t feel bitter at all. It’s a business. And that business comes back and reminds us year after year – whether it be Steve Smith, whether it be [former offensive tackle]Jordan Gross, whether it be myself – it’s going to happen to every guy in that locker room, so it doesn’t bother me at all.”
I find it strange that the organization would not support DeAngelo Williams during his time of grief when his mother passed. The NFL really is a small world and everyone within a franchise really get to know each other, especially when you spend 9 seasons with a single organization and are the leading rusher. Very strange indeed.
9 years is a long time. it’s been a great run…. https://t.co/66IF6TL7H9
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) February 23, 2015
This (the full version of my interview) adds a lot of context to what you saw and heard yesterday… https://t.co/WVnVKoWKC1
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) February 24, 2015
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