Damien Williams has broken his silence on his decision to opt out of the 2020 NFL season saying his mother is sick and he wants to be able to spend time with her.

“I’m dealing with a family matter,” Williams said on SiriusXM NFL Radio … “My mom was just diagnosed with cancer and it’s Stage 4, so that was my decision.”

6:07 AM PT — He added, “With everything that’s going on, she was the only one there for me. I never had the opportunity to have my dad there. My mom is my rock, my everything, so during a hard time like this, I think I should be next to her every step.”

Williams says the decision to opt out was tough. He talked it over with close friends and family members — but in the end, decided it’s family first.

“My mom was just like, whatever’s your decision, I’m behind you. It was hard. Football is my life and coming off a championship and wanting a repeat but at the end of the day, it was something personal I had to handle.”

KC Chiefs running back Damien Williams is opting OUT of the 2020 NFL season.

“Damien Williams informed the club of his decision to opt out of the 2020 season,” Chiefs GM Brett Veach announced.

The 28-year-old has not yet issued a statement explaining his decision — but this is a big one.

Williams was a stud for the Chiefs in 2019 — but REALLY broke out during the playoffs.

During Super Bowl LIV, he rushed for 104 yards and a TD against the SF 49ers. Also caught 4 passes for 29 yards and a TD!

The receiving TD with 1:12 left in the game basically sealed the victory for KC.

Some people feel he could have been named Super Bowl MVP.

Williams was reportedly set to make $1.85 million in 2020 — the final year of his contract.

The good news for the Chiefs … they drafted a BEAST in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Scooping up LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Not a terrible fall back plan.

Other RBs on the roster include Darwin Thompson and Darrell Williams.

Story developing …

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