D.J. Williams has never been afraid to call out things that aren’t right…
Often it’s players out of position or not giving their all as part of his weekly breakdown clips. Other times, it’s what he spots on the sidelines that show the team isn’t focused on the task at hand. If you’ve followed D.J.’s transition from the field to television, you know he tells it like it is.
That’s exactly what happened this week following a beating from Mississippi State.
During the post-game press conference, Williams asked Coach Chad Morris about some of his key players being distracted before the game. You can watch the question below:
As you’ll see in the clip, Williams never names the players. It’s my understanding Coach Morris and staff asked him to further elaborate in private on what he saw on the sidelines. Williams talked with Morris in hopes the situation could be worked out internally and not be made public. Williams talked more about that conversation in the Twitter video below:
Truth: this situation could be much worse. Williams has pictures of the players flirting with cheerleaders from the other team. There’s no doubt if he published them, they’d be plastered on every major website and sports television station in the country. It would be a much bigger story. Those images would also hang over the players for the rest of their careers.
However, D.J. will not publish them.
As his boss, I asked him to hand them over. And you know what? He won’t.
He took them on his personal camera. When I asked him to send them to me, his answer was clear: “not going to happen.”
While I don’t agree with it, there’s something respectable about it. While D.J. is now a member of the media, he can’t shake the fact he’s part of the Razorback family. At the University of Arkansas, he transformed from a child whose life was marred by domestic violence into an elite football player with the opportunity to define his own future. He refuses to put that behind him. In his mind, he’ll always be part of the Razorback family.
When we hired D.J., he made this fact clear. He wasn’t signing up to do what everyone else did. He toes his own unique line. We accepted that because D.J. brings something special to the table. He sees things in games and film that no one else does. He has a perspective few others ever will.
To everyone lashing out against D.J. for bringing it up in the first place: that’s his job. It’s not his job to babysit adult players, it’s his job to identify and analyze reasons why the team got destroyed by 46 points. And that’s exactly what he did.
He attempted to do it in a manner that protected the players involved — which is far more than myself or many other members of the media would’ve done.
For D.J., covering Arkansas isn’t just a job – it’s personal. And that’s why he provides the most unique coverage of the program you’ll find in the state of Arkansas. Period.
I get you want to be frustrated. We all are. But take that finger you’re pointing at D.J. and turn it towards the team…
D.J. didn’t get beat 52 to 6.