While the former South Side skipper was quick to react with a hotly-worded tweet or a profanity-laced press conference, Williams handled his response to suspended New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in a manner of a man used to dealing with media fires.
The team released the following statement from Williams, which appears in the Chicago Sun-Times website. The statement was a response to the audio released Thursday that featured Gregg Williams urging his defense to injure several members of the San Francisco 49ers, including Kenny Williams' son, Kyle.
Kyle Williams is a receiver with the 49ers.
His father weighed in with this:
"As you have seen, Kyle Williams is a man's man and has shown himself more than capable of answering on his own behalf. He has definite feelings on the subject but has chosen to remain committed to providing all his answers to any questions on the field next season. Knowing this young man's intestinal fortitude, I doubt anyone will get him to waver from his position.
To answer the questions directed specifically to me, as a father first and foremost, I am glad to report Kyle's concussion tests have been extremely positive and we are grateful he is ready and anxious to get back to competition. Personally, suspension or not, it's probably best I'm never in a room with Gregg Williams and wonder if such an order crosses the line of the aggressive, competitive spirit we all know and love about the sport; and leans closer to a criminal act and therefore a litigious matter.
What did you think of Kenny Williams' statement?
Putting aside my fatherly feelings and putting on my sports executive hat, I have tremendous respect and admiration for the league in general, the 49ers organization and Trent Balke and Jim Harbough in particular. I have no doubt they are monitoring the situation very closely and will take the appropriate action should they deem it necessary in this matter.
As a result of this and the fact that the singular focus for every member of the White Sox organization is on a distraction-free championship season, I won't be speaking publicly on the subject any further."
Whatever you think of Kenny Williams as a general manager (don't you have to love the reference to Chicago's championship season that gets underway today?), you have to admit that he went about this in a manner befitting a guy who had to deal with the fallout from the feuds of the Guillen family tweeters.
Ozzie's reactions (or overreactions) to the names tossed at his kids or himself are well-documented. Kenny Williams has someone threatening his son with sticks and stones, but chooses to give his opinions in a more professional manner.
He speaks as both a father and in his professional role of sports executive, making a single definitive statement and moving on with his business of overseeing the White Sox run to the AL Central title.
That, or whatever championship he is talking about.
Kenny Williams is an opinionated man and isn't afraid to share those opinions. I'm glad he did so in the manner that he did.