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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: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:27 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

$ had nothing to do with it little man, the fact that the team ran a scheme to intentionally injure opposing players to gain an unfair advantage is all that matters.  They've already admitted to doing it.  Case closed.  Now for the punishment.  It should be the harshest penalty ever, hopefully.

I watch defenders week-in, week-out, stop themselves from destroying the QB after he has released the ball.  Maybe you Saints fans don't watch enough football outside of your cheap defense to notice.

And Williams (along with Payton and the 22-27 players who participated), you should apologize to every team and player that you cheated out of a win or purposely tried to injure.  You are all the biggest frauds in all of football.

It's not bitterness, it's a lack of patience when dealing with toothless fools such as you Aint's fans.  Your response proves my point (or lack of response I should say).  You feel too guilty to even address the charges and admit your little team did something wrong.  That's pathetic and childish but par for the course with you folks.  If I was an Aint's fan, I'd be bitter.  A historic laughingstock of a franchise that finally lucks out and wins a title, only now to find out that the team cheated to win.  Guess it's time to get the brown grocery bags out again b/c after Goodell gets done with the Aint's, it's back to the shithole for you. 

Ask and Ye shall recieve, "little man." Here are some of the more outlandish excerpts from your sermons, Reverand Digga. Come down off your pulpit long enough to admit what any objective reader knows: you are THIS angry because your team lost that game; not because you are some dedicated anti-violence crusader who has been out on the front lines trying to stop the brutality in the NFL. If this was about the 49ers taking shots at Ben Rapelessberger; you'd have been back on the porn site long ago instead of hanging here insulting Saints fans.


D.WhoDatNation
Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:24 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Hagar... you are horrible if you believe all of the crap you just posted.  A conspiracy?  Please...



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:22 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Hold up Originaldigga 14, there are plent of us Saints fans posting on here... I, for one, pointed out many things that you said incorrectly.  Read down on this thread, and you will see where I set your flawed logic straight.  In particular, and in summary, the Vikings lose every big game they play; Vikings fans whine incessantly; Brett Favre choked in the NFC Championship game 2 years ago to hand the Saints a win; The Saints drop 40 points on everyone they play, and that is why they are a top team in the NFL; and last, "cheating" as you call it, had nothing to do with the Saints Superbowl win. If anything, Gregg Williams and his arrogance cost N.O. the 2012 Lombardi Trophy.  So... keep whining and keep waiting for the Vikings to win something.    



Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:20 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Then you as an Aints fan can agree that late hit calls should have been called against the Aints too, correct?  That Game between the Aints & Vikings was rigged from the start, remember the hand shake & wink from Goodell too Brees?
IMO, Goodell should be sharing the fault here for allowing all this crap to happen, even the Referee's Association should be targeted for investigation.
 And, the Investigators should be the "United States Congress" with the FBI doing all the interviews.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:01 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

This is absurd.  In 2008, Terrell Suggs opnely admitted on radio that there was a bounty on Rashard Mendenhall and Hines Ward in an upcoming Raven-Steelers game.  Ray Lewis subsequently hit Mendenall hard enough to break his shoulder and know him out for the year.  Was there any intervention by the NFL at all?  No, and there shouldn't have been.  This story should not even be news. 

What really scares me about how the NFL is handling this is that it is getting more and more obvious to me that the NFL is allowing the lawyers dictate how they rule the game.  I know that former players, and possibly more than we know, are suing the NFL because of the injuries they sustained during there playing career.  Now, the NFL is changing there own policies and over disciplining to pacify these people.  How far will this go?  My prediction is that this will be the beginning of the decline of popularity of the NFL that will linger for a long time.  Troy Aikman is right.  Mothers will not allow there kids to play football because of these kinds of stories, and in 20 years, the talent level will be drastically reduced from what it is today.  It is a shame that Goodell is allowing this to happen. 



Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:57 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

ALL defensive players are paid for performance NOW: Tackles, Solo Tackles, Hits, Sacks. Impliciit in their PERFORMANCE is the license to hit hard and potentially knock the other player out of the game. In fact, they are paid more, the more effective they are. These 'bounties' are just small sidebets, not really material to overall pay. Take away the 'bounties' and the players are still going to attempt to physically deplete the opponent of players. We already have 'roughing' penalties. This aint "Dancing With The Stars." If they 'lynch' Greg Williams, they might as well change the game to 'flag' football' or maybe 'pansyball.'



D.WhoDatNation
Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:57 pm
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Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:56 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

So I'm full of "BS"? How come you don't point out anything I said that you feel is wrong?  In fact, you seem to agree with everything I say (and disagree with your less-intelligent Aint's bretheren - are you going to call them out next?): 

As for my 'Aints; this sux. I wish they had caught this dude when he was in Washington before he got to New Orleans. This guy is obviouskly an idiot who blatantly flaunted the rules that others only broke in silence.
Let me be clear: I agree there was an added emphasis on hitting Favre and Warner in those games. The guys who hit them illegally; or any guys who ever hit someone illegally; with an intent to injure; are jerks/criminals whatever you want to call them.
Agreed.


D.WhoDatNation
Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:52 pm
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