Vikings Reportedly Withholding Pay from Receiver Who Left Team Following Grandmother's Death

The Minnesota Vikings reportedly have informed wide receiver Troy Williamson that he will not be paid for last week after he left the team following the death of his grandmother.

Several media outlets in the Twin Cities reported that Williamson will not be paid $25,588 of his $435,000 salary for the season. Williamson missed three practices and last weekend's game after flying to South Carolina following his grandmother's death. He reportedly also spent time with his brother, who'd been injured in an automobile accident, and rejoined the team Wednesday.

"I know it's a business and I know [the Vikings have] got other obligations when it comes to them and their family also," Williamson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I know how I feel towards mine.... I feel like I wouldn't have been overdoing it if I had stayed home a little longer, but you've got other people and their opinions."

It's possible that the NFL Players Association will file a grievance on Williamson's behalf to attempt to recoup the lost pay.

By Mark Maske |  November 9, 2007; 10:37 AM ET  | Category:  Vikings
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...o-o-o-okay. Tell us more about that leveling of the playing field.

Posted by: dwinrow | November 9, 2007 11:46 AM

Is 25 k really worth the bad feelings it will engender in their players and the public relations hit they are going to take because of this?

Posted by: mjwies11, D.C. | November 9, 2007 12:05 PM

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