Vikings Decide to Give Williamson Game Check back After Attendi...

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The Vikings withheld Troy Williamson's check after he missed the game against San Diego last week to remain in Aiken following the death of his grandmother.
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Nov 10, 2007
 
I think it is commendable that first the management/ownership of the Vikings recognize that any employee deserves the time to grieve a family member and secondly they recognized there is no shame in correcting a wrong. Just as importantly or more so is that Williamson will donate the check to a charity in honor of his grandmother. Well done.

BWG

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Nov 10, 2007
 
This guy has class.
Curious

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#3
Nov 10, 2007
 
Get everybody in an uproar and THEN show compassion...Good ole NFL
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#4
Nov 10, 2007
 
It's about time that we understand that family is all we really have and we need to be there for each other.The NFL reall need to address this situation on all levels so that no other player is put in this situation.
Stating the Obvious

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#5
Nov 10, 2007
 
Get ready, everybody...Childress is coming to post soon!!
SUMTER

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#6
Nov 10, 2007
 
THIS GUY HAS CHARACTER, MORAL VALUES, AND CLASS. HE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT AND WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. WAY TO GO!!!!

“Country Girl”

Since: May 07

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#7
Nov 10, 2007
 
I'm glad they made the wrong right . People these days seem to forget in the south that grandparents are a very big part of our lives . Alot of families live next door to each other and the grandparents are the daycare for working parents . I wish more families were closer and maybe we would be a better society .
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#8
Nov 10, 2007
 
you got that right.
SUMTER wrote:
THIS GUY HAS CHARACTER, MORAL VALUES, AND CLASS. HE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT AND WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. WAY TO GO!!!!
couldn't have said it better.

“Vikings Fan Forever”

Since: Dec 06

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#9
Nov 10, 2007
 
You people have no clue what went on behind closed doors. The organization was put in this position by the media.

step 1- Williamson understood that the team was not going to pay him for being gone as there was no bereavement pay clause in his contract.

step 2- The media tells the public that he was FINED a games pay, when in reality he did not have to pay a dime. He had the check withheld, as many organizations do. He was also gone 10 days, and in a corp where there is bereavement pay 3-4 days is standard.

step 3- The media circus forced the team to give the check to him, and He didn't even keep it! This shows two things- 1 he wasn't ever expecting to get the check, and 2 that he wasn't going to miss it even if he did think he was going to get it.

step 4- All of you take shots at the organization when Williamson himself didn't even take a shot at them.

If you are going to get upset about something please take the time to understand what you are getting upset about and find more than one source to base an opinion on.

I'm not a cold hearted person, and in fact I am going through something similar right now. My grandfather has 3 weeks or less to live because he broke his neck in a car accident and is paralyzed from his chest down. I am expecting to take a few days off of work to be with my family in mourning. I understand how hard it is to lose loved ones. At the same time, I understand the business of it, and I do not expect to get paid for my time off. I can't hold it against the company because I understood the rules going in. In all reality there is nothing to be upset about. Money goes by the wayside when family is in play, and I could care less about a few days pay. I don't know why all of you are so upset with the NFL for taking part in such a common practice in the business world.

“Come visit. Bring the kids.”

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Nov 10, 2007
 
JDBrocks wrote:
You people have no clue what went on behind closed doors. The organization was put in this position by the media.
step 1- Williamson understood that the team was not going to pay him for being gone as there was no bereavement pay clause in his contract.
step 2- The media tells the public that he was FINED a games pay, when in reality he did not have to pay a dime. He had the check withheld, as many organizations do. He was also gone 10 days, and in a corp where there is bereavement pay 3-4 days is standard.
step 3- The media circus forced the team to give the check to him, and He didn't even keep it! This shows two things- 1 he wasn't ever expecting to get the check, and 2 that he wasn't going to miss it even if he did think he was going to get it.
step 4- All of you take shots at the organization when Williamson himself didn't even take a shot at them.
If you are going to get upset about something please take the time to understand what you are getting upset about and find more than one source to base an opinion on.
I'm not a cold hearted person, and in fact I am going through something similar right now. My grandfather has 3 weeks or less to live because he broke his neck in a car accident and is paralyzed from his chest down. I am expecting to take a few days off of work to be with my family in mourning. I understand how hard it is to lose loved ones. At the same time, I understand the business of it, and I do not expect to get paid for my time off. I can't hold it against the company because I understood the rules going in. In all reality there is nothing to be upset about. Money goes by the wayside when family is in play, and I could care less about a few days pay. I don't know why all of you are so upset with the NFL for taking part in such a common practice in the business world.
here we go again.
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Nov 11, 2007
 
JDBrocks wrote:
You people have no clue what went on behind closed doors. The organization was put in this position by the media.
step 1- Williamson understood that the team was not going to pay him for being gone as there was no bereavement pay clause in his contract.
step 2- The media tells the public that he was FINED a games pay, when in reality he did not have to pay a dime. He had the check withheld, as many organizations do. He was also gone 10 days, and in a corp where there is bereavement pay 3-4 days is standard.
step 3- The media circus forced the team to give the check to him, and He didn't even keep it! This shows two things- 1 he wasn't ever expecting to get the check, and 2 that he wasn't going to miss it even if he did think he was going to get it.
step 4- All of you take shots at the organization when Williamson himself didn't even take a shot at them.
If you are going to get upset about something please take the time to understand what you are getting upset about and find more than one source to base an opinion on.
I'm not a cold hearted person, and in fact I am going through something similar right now. My grandfather has 3 weeks or less to live because he broke his neck in a car accident and is paralyzed from his chest down. I am expecting to take a few days off of work to be with my family in mourning. I understand how hard it is to lose loved ones. At the same time, I understand the business of it, and I do not expect to get paid for my time off. I can't hold it against the company because I understood the rules going in. In all reality there is nothing to be upset about. Money goes by the wayside when family is in play, and I could care less about a few days pay. I don't know why all of you are so upset with the NFL for taking part in such a common practice in the business world.
Maybe the NFL needs to make an example out of the losers who are glorified in the news for gambling, dog fighting, how many women they slept with, how many cars they own, etc. and fine them for their bad behavior. Williamson chose morals and loyalty over money- how rare especially among organizations sucha s the NFL, NBA etc.

This guy is a rarity when it comes to standing up for what is right instead of taking the money and not looking back. When my mom was dying from cancer, I took a week off from work to spend the remaining time with her. At the time, my company said they understood yet two days after her funeral they "let me go" due to downsizing. But, you know what? I would do it all over again- I would have been at my mother's bedside in a heartbeat. Instead of sending the wrong messages, these sports organizations need to reward the right messages.
The Great Predictor

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#12
Nov 11, 2007
 
I'm glad the Vikings realize they were
wrong and made it right with their employee. I do wonder what else goes on in the Vikings organization that denies
employee certain common sense rights or
benefits that any employee would get
working anywhere in the country.
I wonder how long the Vikings have been doing employees like that.
But I hope the people in America realize that you can change your heart for good after bad decisions
and feelings for people.
have mercy

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#13
Nov 11, 2007
 
This man has class. He never put down the Vikings organization through this whole deal and is donating the check to charity. He is going through so much right now but still showing class and sensibility. You have to admire him!!
have mercy

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Nov 11, 2007
 
A Fan wrote:
I think it is commendable that first the management/ownership of the Vikings recognize that any employee deserves the time to grieve a family member and secondly they recognized there is no shame in correcting a wrong. Just as importantly or more so is that Williamson will donate the check to a charity in honor of his grandmother. Well done.
They had no choice. Fans buy tickets and merchandise. Make them mad and the whole organization suffers. They don't want the country to hate them like the Patriots are hated.
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Nov 11, 2007
 
LOL.....
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<quoted text>here we go again.
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#16
Nov 11, 2007
 
He should have been given the time he needed under the circumstances w/o pay but no fine should have been involved. Most of us know that in these situations we will take the time w/o pay but don't expect to be fined on top of it.

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Nov 11, 2007
 
Citizen wrote:
He should have been given the time he needed under the circumstances w/o pay but no fine should have been involved. Most of us know that in these situations we will take the time w/o pay but don't expect to be fined on top of it.
Oh my God, he was never fined for Christ sake! learn to read AND comprehend
harry

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Nov 11, 2007
 
JDBrocks wrote:
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Oh my God, he was never fined for Christ sake! learn to read AND comprehend
It was all handled VERY poorly by the franchise.VERY poorly.

And that discord and sloppiness showed up today.

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