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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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Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:42 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

I'm fine with him being suspended or lifetime banned, but not unless they wait until they catch EVERYBODY that has been doing it.
Because if you can't get every single person who committed the crime all at once, it shouldn't be punished at all. Right?

I'm sure you meant something along the lines of, "Yes, Williams should be punished, but the investigation should continue." But the way you worded it was very, very awkward. Perhaps repost with clearer language? It would certainly be a valid point.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:41 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

Anything less than a lifetime ban is making light of this if you're Goodell. He paid players to hurt people and his system resulted in careers being ended. No reason this guy should have the privilege of ever getting another penny in a paycheck associated with the NFL.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:32 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

Think of Pete Rose betting on baseball...this seems to be the same level of dirtiness in a different sport.  The fact that you are going out legitimately trying to not just hurt, but seriously injure other players is just insane.  Players have their careers cut short due to injury all the time, but the fact that this guy REWARDED his players for doing so intentionally...I have no words to express my outrage.  A lifetime ban for Gregg Williams is appropriate in this case!  I hope injured players can sue his scumbag be-hind.

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:28 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

he's only meeting with NFL security officials Jeff Miller and Joe Hummel NFL executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash..Goodell hasn't been confirmed to be present yet.......and I hope they toss his ass out of the league!

Since: Mar 4, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:55 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

I agree as well this should be a year ban if not two. This is no way for any coach to act or much less endorse and run. He did this for several teams. I believe he is not sorry and is just trying to say whatever is needed to say to keep his cushy little job. The league is being sued by retired players for safety issues and yet here we have coaches paying bonuses to injure current players. BANN HIM Only option. 250k fine would be a joke and the start of the NFl going to the dawgs and losing respect in publics intrest.

Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:50 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

I could not agree more. Listen I have heard all the nonsense from people saying this is football and it happens everywhere, blah, blah, blah. Bottom line is this jackass was paying players to try to end guys careers and worst case scenerio thier lives. For those of you who will jump on this pull your heads out of the sand for a moment, change your wife-beater, put the beer down and think. If you are trying to send a guy out on a stretcher, you can very easily break his neck and end his life. To have a coach not only condone that, but actually set the system up is a disgrace. He should receive a lifetime ban, along with Sean Peyton for not stopping this. Of course the league will never do this because Goodell will want this to go away as quickly as possible because this is just too big a black eye on this sport. What a PR nightmare. They will probably end up with a $250,000.00 fine, the saints will be fined and stripped of a 1st or 2nd rounder and Sean Peyton will continue to be the golden boy of this "miracle" franchise that is so revered across the league (not).

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:46 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

Yeah, he and every other defensive coach that does this.  Do you think he was a lone wolf?  Get real.  Buddy Ryan openly bragged about this sort of thing back in the 80s.  Think nobody has done it since, except for Williams.  Give me a break.  I'm fine with him being suspended or lifetime banned, but not unless they wait until they catch EVERYBODY that has been doing it.  And I mean everybody, including the defensive coordinator of your favorite team because odds are he's done it too.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:44 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

Don't you know that the Commissioner only suspends Steelers - it's fine when other teams conspire to injure players, but it's not fine when the Steelers play tough D like back in the 70s and 80s 

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:36 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

How the hell does he not get suspended for this?  He should receive a lifetime ban from the NFL, but at the very least he should be suspended for the whole 2012 season.

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