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Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Posted on: March 4, 2012 5:43 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 8:00 am
 
Gregg Williams, right, has been summoned to meet with Roger Goodell again. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

The NFL has summoned former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to New York City on Monday for more discussions with security officials about alleged violations of the league's bounty rules.

The meetings with NFL officials, including a possible sit down with commissioner Roger Goodell, come in the wake of new reports that Williams ran illegal bounty programs during his stints with the Redskins and Bills.

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Obviously, this is terrible, though not unexpected, news for the current Rams defensive coordinator, recently hired for Jeff Fisher’s new staff in St. Louis.

In an email to The Associated Press, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote, the league will continue "addressing the issues raised as part of our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of the game."

Already, Williams has apologized for his actions, saying, “I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans for my participation in the 'pay for performance' program while I was with the Saints. It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again.”

Of course, that statement was released before we knew about the possibility of the programs in Washington, where he was the defensive coordinator under Joe Gibbs, and Buffalo, where he was head coach from 2001-03.

And while there has been a report that Williams would face a fine but not likely a suspension -- again, before we heard about Washington and Buffalo -- I’m guessing Goodell is going to leave all disciplinary options open after listening to what Williams has to say.

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Comments

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:47 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

SilenceS, some of these people must want to see flag football being played. Or maybe two below. 



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:47 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Re: R.S.Z. "Why would players making incredible amounts of money participate in a bounty program for chump change to hurt other players?"

You've go to remember how very many NFL players are "ghetto bums" who were raised in a culture of violence.  To many of these players hurting other people for their own self gratification and/or for the recognition they get from others is a top priority.  They're too ignorant to know anything else.  They belonged to gangs when they were younger and still live much of their lives with a "gang mentality," so being given a "trophy" (chump change) is a huge deal to them.  The amounts of money mean nothing versus the "rush" they get from the high fives from their "brothers" for hurting someone. 

Williams understands these people and established a program to feed their egos in the best way possible ... "props" from Da Brothahood!!!






Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:46 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

No suspension should be levied as you would be punishing an innocent team, the Rams.



Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:44 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

What a great point!



Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:42 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Suspending Greg Williams is not a fair resolution. Belichick nor anyone else were suspended for cheating which was a much more serious offense. And it would be punishing the Rams who had nothing to do with these allegations. If the charges are found to be true levi serious fines to those who are at fault. Don't punish the Rams!



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:40 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

OMG, what is wrong with people. Is society this pu**ified now? Some of the most ridiculous comments I have ever read. Lose first round picks for the next five years. Be charged with a criminal act. These are warriors whose goal is on every play to hit somebody so hard to knock them out. Im guessing most of the guys on here got whooped when growing up. It is like saying when you go into a fight. You dont want to hurt the guy. Its war. Its passion. These guys are paid millions to be warriors. You think this BS would be all over if it was the 70's, 80's, 90's. LT the greatest lineback to ever play. He used to say he would go out there to kill the guy on the opposing team. You dont think the steel curtain intent was to hit the other players so hard that if they didnt get up, so be it. The Saints players made legal hits. Period. Albert Haynesworth stomping on someones head is the intent to injure. Hitting somebody with a legal hit and then not getting up is what you are suppose to do. The media is making a giant issue. Most ex players dont really see anything wrong with what they did. The Saints are going to take it on the chin, but they werent the first team to do it.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:28 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

This is nothing compared to spygate, spygate was total cheating, the bounty program is paying people for legal hits, illegal hits were not paid.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:27 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Geez reading the comments from some posters you would think they were paying bounties on illegal hits, they were paying bounties on LEGAL hits.  There was no criminal intent so prosecuting someone for laying a legal hit on a player would be stupid and the end of football in the US.  The NFL can fine and maybe suspend Williams for the program but thats as far as it goes. If the NFL went and, as a few posters have said, take away the SB win, then the NFL would have 3 more trophies to go get in NE.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:27 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

No need to talk about the cheap shots the y took on Bret Favre.  The poor katrina victims deserved the win. 



Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:56 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

"They put peole in jail for that", exactly and that's where Gregg Williams needs to go - for a long time. And, I would think, since football is interstate commerce there should be a Federal charges. Sunday's SEATTLE TIMES had a story about a man that received 14 months in prison for threatening to hurt someone; Gregg Williams and all the players who participated in injuring othre players on purpose should go to jail right after they get kicked out of football. I also agre with Gregg Doyel, CBS Sports columnist, that Williams should be banned from any football stadium for life- after he gets out of prison.


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