Kevin Williams (Joe Robbins/Getty)
Kevin and Pat Williams not only lost a court decision last week, they also had surgeries in the past few weeks. Kevin had knee surgery and Pat had triceps surgery.
It’s been a busy week for Kevin Williams, but not the good kind of busy. Earlier this week, Williams learned that he and Pat Williams had an adverse ruling in the Minnesota Court of Appeals. At the time, he was in Gulf Breeze, Fla. have arthroscopic knee surgery performed by renowned Surgeon to the Sports Stars Dr. James Andrews, according to the Star Tribune.
Williams had planned to attend this weekend’s Arctic Blast Snowmobile Rally fundraiser on Lake Mille Lacs, but had to bow out after having the surgery performed earlier in the week. He returned to the Twin Cities Friday after the procedure. The procedure was the result of what Williams referred to as “knee irritation” during the season. He managed just one sack last year after notching 14½ in the previous two seasons.
Ordinarily, one would ask whether Williams would be available for the annual May minicamp following the surgery, but given the current labor impasse, it doesn’t seem like it will matter. That’s a good thing for the Williams Wall, since both Kevin and Pat have gone under the knife in recent weeks. Pat had surgery on a torn left triceps muscle after the season concluded last month.
There has been talk that the Redskins may simply release Albert Haynesworth, since the trade market is likely going to be locked down until the collective bargaining issue is settled. Haynesworth, who clashed with head coach Mike Shanahan almost from Shanny’s arrival, has officially been charged with misdemeanor assault in a reported case of road rage. Fairfax County (Va.) authorities charged Haynesworth with the assault charge and he signed off on a summons warrant Saturday. Haynesworth’s attorney said the 38-year-old driver who made the complaint realized Haynesworth’s celebrity status and was seeking his 15 minutes of fame and money from Haynesworth. The other driver claimed Haynesworth was tailgating him and, when they got to a stop light, Haynesworth stepped out of his vehicle and assaulted him. Haynesworth’s first court appearance is scheduled for March 31.
World Wrestling Entertainment is never above intertwining the fandom of NFL players with their brand of entertainment. Wrestling and the NFL has been bonded since the days when NFL players Leo Nomellini and Wahoo McDaniels played football in the fall and worked the wrestling circuit in the offseason. Many wrestlers are former football players who, for whatever reason, never caught on with an NFL team. The Vikings were on the other side of that coin when Brock Lesnar, a WWE champion and owner of a seven-figure annual salary, gave up wrestling to give football a try. Typically it has been the other way around. But, perhaps never has the world of wrestling suckled on to the NFL more than it has in the last week. A standard move for a wrestler who isn’t a champion is to pantomime an imaginary championship belt around his waist. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers made a point of mimicking the same motion when he would score a touchdown in 2010 and, when the Packers got the Lombardi Trophy last Sunday, it was linebacker Clay Matthews who had a replica World Heavyweight Championship belt (the same style donned by Clinton Portis years earlier with Denver) and put it on Rodgers shoulder. Ever since, the WWE has used a photo of that moment on its website. Its “Friday Night Smackdown” program, conveniently emanating from Green Bay, had Matthews not only being served up as a celebrity guest, but became a guest referee in the main event, becoming involved in the outcome of the match. Perhaps he got his wrestling entre from his position coach Kevin Greene, who helped launch the short-lived wrestling career of former Bear Steve “Mongo” McMichael.
Jeremy Green, the son of former Vikings coach Dennis Green, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of possessing child pornography in Connecticut. The younger Green was arrested in the City of Bristol at a hotel in possession of flash drives that contained child pornography, as well as him having a small amount of cocaine. The drug charged was dropped as part of a plea agreement. On the flash drives, police found more than 100 photos of children in illicit settings ranging in age from 2 to 10 years old. Despite the drug charge being dismissed, Green is expected to get a sentence of nearly 20 years in prison. However, according to a report in the Hartford Courant, Green will likely serve five years in prison and, if he is a model prisoner, will have his sentence suspended and serve 10 years of probation following his release.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.