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Vikings' Troy Williamson fined for attending funeral

Troy Williamson, wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, is taking a pay cut for attending his grandmother's funeral.

Vikings' Troy Williamson fined for attending funeral The Minnesota Vikings may have a serious financial problem. According to local reports, the Vikings have fined wide receiver Troy Williamson $25,588.24, or one-game pay, for missing the Sunday game and three practices - because he was attending his grandmother's funeral! Troy Williamson left the team to go to South Carolina and help with the arrangements of the funeral of his grandmother, a woman who helped raise the player and keep him out of the streets, but obviously the Vikings have zero tolerance in such cases. Coach Brad Childress has justified the decision based on business principals and mentioned previous similar cases, that of Vikings DT Pat Williams and Colts WR Reggie Wayne, who both appeared in games shortly after the deaths of family members.

 Troy Williamson was drafted in 2005 from South Carolina as seventh overall pick in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings.

 Published on 11/09/2007

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