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November 26, 2013

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NORMAN — When Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said running back Damien Williams had been kicked off the team on Monday, former teammates Tony Jefferson and Kenny Stills took to Twitter the same day to voice their displeasure.

Both insinuated Stoops had made a bad decision considering where Williams, a senior, was at in his career and with an NFL career in front of him.

Both backed away from that stance Tuesday.

Jefferson called into WWLS-AM Tuesday afternoon and told host Jim Traber his Tweets on Monday had been misconstrued.

“What I was saying was from the standpoint of a guy who grew up with Damien and who recruited him to Oklahoma, it was disheartening to find he’d been kicked off the team. What I know from Damien and the hard work he’s put in, it was disheartening to see that,” said Jefferson who grew up in the San Diego area along with Williams and Stills.

“I recruited Damien to Oklahoma. If I didn’t like how the program was running or how things were going, I would not have guys — especially my friends — go to a school like that.”

Jefferson said when he first heard Williams had been dismissed from the team, he did not know the full context. Stoops has not given a reason for the dismissal, but a source close to the program said Williams violated a university policy and his removal was beyond Stoops’ control.

“When I heard the news, I wasn’t saying it was the staff. The stuff that happened is not even from the immediate staff; it’s from higher ground,” Jefferson said. “I was upset. Maybe it wasn’t Bob Stoops who made the decision, but it happened and I was upset. Most of my Tweets were based on what I had seen right away. They were hot-head Tweets.”

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