The rift between Williams and the team got personal Friday night.
Speaking at William Paterson University in New Jersey, general manager Brian Cashman said Williams spent too much time with his burgeoning music career “and that took away from his play” on the field.
Cashman said Williams had a “terrible season” in 2005 and that former manager Joe Torre was wrong to play Williams as often as he did in 2006 because better players were available.
...Told of Cashman’s harsh assessment, Williams first said he didn¹t want to comment. But then he paused and took a deep breath.
“I don’t think he has any basis to say anything like that,” Williams said. “Let me put it this way: Questioning a person’s commitment to the team is a very serious accusation, at least in my book.”