Saints News 7/8/13: Gregg Williams Sued By Former Player Over Alleged Redskins Pay-for-Performance Program

Chris Graythen

Roger Goodell and his henchmen refused to look beyond the Saints when they chose to unfairly make examples of our team last year. Now, a former player is suing Gregg Williams over injuries he sustained in a game against the Redskins in 2004, when Williams was defensive coordinator. What's weird is that this former player was a defensive player. He contends a Redskins TE who also played defense injured him intentionally as part of Williams' culture of football. Because this TE also played defense under Williams, he blames the Redskins and Williams for this injury. Seems like a bit of a stretch to me. Nevertheless, will Goodell now be able to continue sweeping under the rug instances of pay-for performance programs that occurred on teams other than the Saints? I hope not.

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Gregg Williams Sued

Gregg Williams finally gets sued over bounties | ProFootballTalk
After the league announced the discovery of a bounty program with the Saints, players coached elsewhere by Williams claimed that Williams used a bounty system in places other than New Orleans. The NFL opted not to investigate the use of bounties by other teams that employed Williams, possibly because the NFL realized that it was a much broader cultural reality of NFL football. In our view, the NFL had no desire to venture down that rabbit hole, because the NFL would have realized that imposing crippling punishment on the Saints for doing what many other teams had done would have been grossly unfair. As former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue reasoned in the decision striking down the suspensions of various Saints players, culture change should happen more gradually, with all offenders having a chance to cease the now-frowned-upon practice before anyone is disciplined for it. Now, the Green lawsuit could drag the NFL into that rabbit hole, with players and coaches inevitably questioned regarding the extent to which bounties were used in Washington, the Giants, the Saints, and perhaps other teams.

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