(CBS) For those not familiar with the Kenny Williams-Joe Cowley saga, here’s the reader’s digest version:
Williams does not like Cowley.
So when Cowley, a Chicago Sun-Times columnist and 670 The Score contributor, wrote a column in Friday morning’s paper that exposed pitching coach Don Cooper as “Judas” to former manager Ozzie Guillen, Williams snapped.
“Completely unfair, number 1, because Don Cooper was a large part of making us a successful organization and helping us win a world championship,” Williams said on WGN-TV Friday. “His area has been one of the most consistent areas in all of baseball for the last 10 years so I think it’s unfair to him and it’s just wrong.
“But I’m not surprised because the gentlemen who wrote the article, Joe Cowley, is just simply, if I’m being honest, a liar. And I can prove it from multiple, multiple articles that he’s written and I’m looking into it actually to a greater degree because it has gotten to the point to where it has cast a shadow on us and it’s unfair to a lot of people.”
In his column Friday, Cowley wrote the following:
According to a major-league source, Cooper sidestepped Guillen — and the rest of the coaching staff — in June, going directly to Williams to beg for an extension. Cooper was breaking protocol because Williams had publicly stated two years before that the coaches’ fates were in Guillen’s hands.
And why would Williams want to retain Cooper, who got an un-Sox-like four-year extension? The feeling among the coaches was that Cooper was all too eager to share with Williams what was being said about the GM and club on a daily basis.
Cowley also wrote that Guillen went to Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf in July to fight for extension for his staff, but was told Cooper was already working on his. That’s when he “checked out”.
And, according to the report, when Cooper became the manager for the last two games of the season, Guillen wrote Cooper a text that said: “You finally got what you wanted.”
Cowley quickly took to Twitter to respond: