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February 24, 2015

Williams upset at Panthers' lack of support following mother's death

It wasn't the "blood and guts" franchise receiver leader Steve Smith wished upon the Panthers following his release last year, but longtime running back DeAngelo Williams had his own parting shot while revealing to Charlotte's WBTV the Panthers plan to release him.

Williams, the Panthers' all-time rushing leader, told WBTV he was angry at the Panthers' lack of response following the death of his mother last spring following a long battle with breast cancer.

"To know that a place of business that you've worked for and that you've bled, you've played through injuries, you did everything you possibly can for this organization to be successful, and then upon your darkest hour they let you handle it by yourself," Williams said in the interview that aired Monday night.

After his mother, Sandra Hill, died last May, Williams said he spoke by phone with coach Ron Rivera and GM Dave Gettleman, each of whom expressed their regrets.

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But only one person from the organization attended the funeral in Arkansas -- embattled defensive end Greg Hardy.

Williams said he received a note from owner Jerry Richardson, but only after Williams had written a piece about his mom for Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning QB, which was published two weeks after her death.

Williams told WBTV's Molly Grantham that Richardson apologized to him in July, and that the franchise has since adopted a policy to improve their response when a player has a death in the family.

But Williams said he was stung by the lack of sympathy from the Panthers when he lost his mother, who was the impetus for the NFL's breast cancer awareness efforts during October games.

"I was so upset with Carolina because for the last five or six years during October she was celebrated. But then when she's no longer here, let's move on."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on February 24, 2015 at 07:55 AM | Permalink

Comments

Some of us feel your pain DeAngelo. This should come as no surprise to you though. You have had a front row seat with the biggest azz in pro sports ownership at the helm. Jerry Richardson is a slime ball and is unworthy of anyone's adulation or respect. He is out for one thing and one thing only, cash.

Posted by: Typical | Feb 24, 2015 8:07:11 AM

Typical, what a way to start the day off by seeing a post by an imbecile!! What personal knowledge do you have re: Mr Richardson? Post what, if anything, you can support! BTW, you're welcome to move on and give your loyal support to another franchise.

As for DeAngelo, your comments seem disingenuous, coming almost a year after the supposed slight by the organization. Sour grapes!! Real men deal with the situation man-to-man - not whine to the media. DLo, I've lost a lot of respect for you the way you have handled this.

Posted by: dbigcat | Feb 24, 2015 8:36:32 AM

Met DeAngelo twice and he was always a gentleman . Treated my son and daughter with kindness . Very classy man. Wish him the best

Posted by: john | Feb 24, 2015 8:41:53 AM

The Panther organization can't be bothered with trivial problems of their hired help. They're too busy whining and begging for more taxpayer welfare payouts. A lazy and inconsiderate move by the club and the blame starts with Jerry.

Posted by: JerrysOtherHeart | Feb 24, 2015 8:54:17 AM

With all due respect to DeAngelo how many other employers would travel out of state to attend a funeral of a parent of an employee? I don't believe it would be many but the fact that they did offer condolences shows their respect for him.

Posted by: BUCKGUY | Feb 24, 2015 9:08:32 AM

Very unfortunate. DeAngelo will be missed- he was a great player and better person. Hopefully, the Panthers response was an oversight. I'd feel kind of stung by that lack of support. If you're going to emphasize bringing "high character" guys in like the Panthers do, the least you can do as an organization is respond with character during someone's time of need.

Posted by: PanthersD. | Feb 24, 2015 9:11:59 AM

Dbigcat, First of all, let's honor what Deangelo Williams brought to the panthers. If you are a fan, you would be praising him. Not deriding him. We should all be thankful for his contributions to the team.
As for your defense of Richardson, on what grounds do you defend him. This is what the public sees. A rich man that is a beggar. He blackmails the public to give him millions and then he gives only a fraction back to the community.
This is a man that supported Hardy and had his good friend Goodell look the other way until the public demanded accountability.
This is a man that derided Manning and Brees in negotiations as if he was a superior god.
This seems to be a man that doesn't understand the NFL's celebration of it's fight against cancer rather seeing the celebration in terms of promotion and profit rather than true engagement as displayed by his careless and minimalist approach to a very important employee's most tragic loss.

Posted by: tylerkad | Feb 24, 2015 9:16:12 AM

Let's see who shows up at jerry richardson's funeral when he dies. Racist piece of sh1t. This organization doesn't stand a chance to legitimately compete until he kicks the bucket. He cares more about his personal image than winning. Hence why Greg hardy won't be back. And why when he drafted cam he told him don't grow your hair out or I won't pick you #1.

Posted by: dkTrex | Feb 24, 2015 9:24:04 AM

I love him, and I will miss him. However, the expectation that an employer needs to do more than extend condolances is a bit over the top.

Posted by: Cathy | Feb 24, 2015 9:28:11 AM

Gives me a different perspective on Greg Hardy. Surprising that none of his other teammates came; that's more curious than Jerry nor Ron showing up. Perhaps they assumed he would want his privacy.

Posted by: apple | Feb 24, 2015 9:51:25 AM

Met this guy at a X-Mas tree farm a few years back. He told my 5 year old son, who LOVES the Panthers, that he was NOT DeAngelo Williams and asked him to leave. What a pretentious prick. Good riddance

Posted by: Anonymous | Feb 24, 2015 9:52:26 AM

To hades with the Panthers and all their backwoods ignorant fan base. Richardson is nothing more than a modern snake oil salesman. The enlightened can see it very clearly, you jock sniffing fools, Not so much.
Again, the Panthers are THE WORST RUN PRO SPORTS TEAM IN THE WORLD.

Posted by: Typical | Feb 24, 2015 9:58:50 AM

I get that Dwills is upset but, why does he think that the organization owes it to him to be present at his mothers funeral? I don't expect my boss to do something like that. Yes, that does come off brash but, they have (over) paid millions for the lifestyle he and his children have become accustom to. I can see him upset about some team members being a no show, but not anyone in the front office. He was a great back in his prime but, he can't stay healthy or motivated. If you're that pissed then use it and go to another team and show us what we are missing. But don't go out like a chump whining and complaining.

Posted by: quityoubitchneryboD | Feb 24, 2015 10:08:48 AM

9:52:26....guess you better do your homework son. The Panthers have CONSISTENTLY been chosen as one of the best run sports franchises in the country.
I smell a Dallas Cowboys fan who is a little baby.....and upset because the Panthers ALWAYS beat the Cowgirls when it counts. Boo hoo. You and DeAngelo can go have a pity party while the rest of us go on with our lives. Time to change some diapers.

Posted by: willy loman | Feb 24, 2015 10:11:02 AM

thank you DWillfor your hard work for the team not sure what happened J.R. seems like a good man definitely not a racist{so tired of that BS}sorry they didn't do better for you when your mom passed.Thank you and good luck

Posted by: keith webb | Feb 24, 2015 10:19:29 AM

Willy, where is the proof of that absurd claim? Name another pro sports franchise that has not had back to back winning seasons in 20 years. We will all be waiting. You are a dolt, it's just that simple. You couldn't understand facts or statistics if they hit ya over the head. NOBODY in the country sees the Panthers as a well run organization. Other than the team run newspaper, the Observer, they are generally laughed at for their personnel moves and horrible management.

Posted by: Typical | Feb 24, 2015 10:20:03 AM

If you can't post your name, don't post.

Posted by: George Cox | Feb 24, 2015 10:21:44 AM

Liked Dwills but this crap about his mommy is childish...I have never worked for a company that would come to my parents funeral. Wish him well wherever he goes. And for those of you on here calling JR or anyone else a racist, go look in the mirror...there's your real racist.

Posted by: Savannahsdad | Feb 24, 2015 10:29:37 AM

I met Richardson once early in the team's existence. He seemed truly genuine, so I don't understand why all the hits on him. He's been through a lot himself (heart failure/transplant, death of a son, etc)... he's human with a few temporary perks (riches).. I'm not his judge.

Posted by: Bill | Feb 24, 2015 10:48:49 AM

I think Dwill is justified in feeling the way he does but the Panthers paid him a lot of money to carry the football. I wore a number 34 jersey to the games the whole time Dwill played for the Panthers. He was one of my favorite players but I don't like the parting shots taken towards a former employer. As for Mr. Richardson, he is a first class person. He brought pro football to the Carolinas. I have been able to see every NFL team play and had some great times with my family. When the Panthers were 2-14 I threatened to sell my PSLs. Mr. Richardson actually called me on the phone and said he was committed to building a playoff team. He didn't have to do that.

Posted by: Mike | Feb 24, 2015 10:50:40 AM

SAD THAT THIS IS BECOMING AN ISSUE IN THE PAPER.

BUT SOME OBSERVATIONS THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ABOVE SEEM TO HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF..

EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS HERESAY WHEN A PERSON INTERACTS WITH SOMEONE. FOR INSTANCE THE ABOVE COMMENTER SAID THAT DWILL TREATED HIS DAUGHTER AND HIM WITH RESPECT AND WAS VERY NICE.
BUT I ALSO HEARD DWILL WAS AN ARSE AT A PHOTO SIGNING AT HARRIS TEETER. HE WAS 5 MINUTES OVER THE TIME LIMIT AND WAS LIKE YO. TIME OVER I'M DONE WITH A REAL BIG ATTITUDE. I UNDERSTAND HAVING TO LEAVE. BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT WAS ONLY 5 MINUTES.

WITH THAT BEING SAID. THE SECOND THING IS THAT.
HE'S BEING VERY HYPOCRITICAL RIGHT NOW.
JERRY RICHARDSON'S SON PASSED AWAY IN 2013, A LOT OF PLAYERS CAME TO THE FUNERAL.
GUESS WHO WAS ONE OF THE PLAYERS THAT DIDN'T. (HERE'S A HINT. ITS THE SAME PLAYER THATS MAD THAT RICHARDSON DIDNT SHOW UP AT HIS MOTHERS FUNERAL).
I AM WISHING YOU THE BEST OF LUCK DWILL. I ENJOYED ALL YOU DONE FOR THE PANTHERNATION.
THE ABOVE IS NOT TO BASH D WILL AT ALL. BUT JUST TO SHOW THIS ISN'T THE CORRECT WAY TO HANDLE THIS SITUATION.

Posted by: PANTHERSFAN4LIFE | Feb 24, 2015 11:16:50 AM

It's amazing how many of you come on nearly every article to spew nonsense... good & bad. I wonder how little you have in your lives that you have time to do it consistently. I rarely venture into the comments but am just saddened by 90% of the posts.

Posted by: You | Feb 24, 2015 11:17:13 AM

i don't have too much of a problem cutting a 32 year old running back. i do have a problem in doing so when you only save 2 million dollars and the guy missed games because of nagging injuries rather than serious structural or muscular injuries.


who are we getting for 2 million this year that gives us more value than williams does? what happens when stewart has the nagging injuries this year and we don't have williams to turn to?

gettleman had a TON of balls to cut steve smith.....but to turn around and do it again?! dude has those super ignorant, sarah palin/nate newton/patrick cannon type balls.

interesting to see where he plays this season (assuming he wants to). nothing better than paying our opponents' players again and again and again. oh, right....."cap hell".......forgot. he inherited 12-4....fixed that into 7-8-1.....and let the fixing continue.....could easily be 5-11 this year.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 24, 2015 11:36:11 AM

Do you need a policy in place to pick up the phone and tell someone that they are sorry to hear about your loved one?

Posted by: mamcu | Feb 24, 2015 11:36:12 AM

I'm sad to see D Williams go. He was good & productive when we had the right scheme and players. However, I think he's taking his mom's passing hard and which resulted into having higher expectations. I think the players, GM and Coach reached out in the most expected way. Guess D-Will took that mgmt & coach speak of "We are a family!" a little too much to heart. Gotta learn not to buy into that crap talk.

Posted by: Taz | Feb 24, 2015 11:55:16 AM

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