Did Trent Williams fail 11 drug tests since August?

From the ever-ubiquitous and omnipresent Twitter-verse comes this little nugget that, if true, should raise a whole lot of eyebrows among the Redskins faithful.

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network — whom many will also remember as the highly-unpopular former Redskins beat writer for the Washington Post — dropped this little nugget on Twitter earlier today, in an exchange with Chris Russell, the Redskins Beat reporter for ESPN980:

“Nice homework on trent williams. 11 failed test since Aug.”

Of course, this piggyback’s on the recent suspension of Trent Williams (and Fred Davis) for “violating the league’s substance abuse policy” (or, put in the common vernacular: “getting busted for smoking Pot”).

But ELEVEN failed drug tests? That doesn’t come from an “isolated incident” or “recreational use.” That comes from being a legitimate Stoner. Considering there’s been whispers of Williams’ being a repeat offender of said “substance abuse policy” (this triggering a suspension) but no previous or current reports regarding this issue, this is an interesting wrinkle.

The biggest question with Trent Williams has always been his work ethic and commitment to being a professional. His coaches at the University of Oklahoma believed he could’ve been the best offensive lineman in the country, if he committed himself to it. He has all the physical tools in the world to be an elite NFL tackle, but it always seems like he spends more time battling injuries or getting into fisticuffs with members of the other team.

But on the flipside, Jason La Canfora is no friend to the Redskins nor the team’s fan base, and hasn’t always been the most accurate source of information when it comes to the Burgundy and Gold. His bias against the Redskins (and for their neighbors up I-95, the Ravens), as well as the Post’s tenuous relationship with the team (especially when Vinny Cerrato was still at Redskins Park) was painfully apparent for anyone paying attention.

On top of that, most of La Canfora’s “inside scoops” rarely materialized into anything more than aimless speculation or innuendo, and his “sources” never really provided any credible or breaking news. In fact, the prevailing with La Canfora and the Redskins has usually been: “If La Canfora says something about the Redskins, bet on the opposite.” Most recently, his consistent reports that the Redskins were heavily interested in quarterback Blaine Gabbert in the 2011 NFL Draft – the Redskins traded down from the 10th overall pick with Jacksonvile, when Gabbert was available, and the Jaguars ended up taking Gabbert – best represent this notion.

It shouldn’t be any surprise then, that the relationship between Redskins fans and La Canfora was “acrimonious,” at best (and that’s probably on the kinder side).

So take what you will from this exchange/”report,” but given Williams’ suspension, this has to be discussed at least.


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2 Responses to “Did Trent Williams fail 11 drug tests since August?”

  1. slim jim says:

    Pretty sure he meant 11 guys failed tests.. not that Williams failed 11 tests.

  2. 007 says:

    Hey gotta’ have a valid excuse to dump the balance of this year, right? What better way than to remove the currently best performing offensive members for the balance of the season. It’s onward and upward to MATT BARKLEY. Hail!