There’s no clear-cut timeline for when Gregg Williams possibly can resume his NFL coaching profession, but Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly has detailed a path back to the league for the disgraced St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator.
“I will critique your status at the conclusion of the 2012 season and contemplate whether, and if so, on what terms, you may possibly be reinstated and once more eligible to be employed in the NFL,” Goodell wrote in a letter to Williams, according to SI.com’s Peter King, right after suspending the coach indefinitely for his role in the New Orleans Saints’ “bounty scandal.
“In generating this selection, I will give considerable weight to the extent to which you cooperate with my office in any further proceedings, as nicely as creating and implementing programs designed to teach players and coaches — specifically at other levels of the game — how to play football in a way that is secure, fair, and that respects the game and those who participate in it … I appreciate that this selection will be challenging for you. I hope you will use the chance to reflect on how you can return to the NFL in a way that honors the game and improves it for those who participate in it.”
Williams previously apologized for his actions as Saints defensive coordinator, and he issued one more remorseful statement after the NFL announced its punishments final week.
“I’d like to again apologize wholeheartedly to the NFL, Coach Fisher, the entire Rams organization and all football fans for my actions,” Williams mentioned in the statement.
“Furthermore, I apologize to the players of the NFL for my involvement as it is not a true reflection of my values as a father or coach, nor is it reflective of the wonderful respect I have for this game and its core principle of sportsmanship. I accept complete responsibility for my actions. I highly worth the 23 years that I’ve spent in the NFL.”
Saints head coach Sean Payton also earned a a single-year suspension without pay, and common manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for the initial eight games of the 2012 season. The suspensions could be appealed, and SI.com reports that men and women are split in their viewing of the fairness of Payton’s suspension, but league counsel Jeff Pash told the internet site that Goodell wanted to make a statement with the sanctions.
“The commissioner has been clear from day 1 that he desires to modify the culture of the game,” Pash stated, whilst also adding that the league did not discover bounty programs within other organizations.
“He desires to remove the gratuitous hits, and eliminate any excessive violence that has no place in the game. If accomplishing that contains harsh penalties that some people really feel are excessive, then so be it. We are comfortable with the sanctions.”
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