There’s no clear-cut timeline for when Gregg Williams possibly can resume his NFL coaching career, but Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly has detailed a path back to the league for the disgraced St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator.
“I will evaluation your status at the conclusion of the 2012 season and contemplate regardless of whether, and if so, on what terms, you could be reinstated and again 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 producing this choice, I will give considerable weight to the extent to which you cooperate with my office in any further proceedings, as nicely as building and implementing programs created to teach players and coaches — particularly at other levels of the game — how to play football in a way that is safe, fair, and that respects the game and those who participate in it … I appreciate that this selection will be difficult for you. I hope you will use the opportunity 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 an additional remorseful statement following the NFL announced its punishments final week.
“I’d like to once more apologize wholeheartedly to the NFL, Coach Fisher, the whole 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 correct reflection of my values as a father or coach, nor is it reflective of the excellent respect I have for this game and its core principle of sportsmanship. I accept complete responsibility for my actions. I highly value the 23 years that I’ve spent in the NFL.”
Saints head coach Sean Payton also earned a 1-year suspension with out 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 site that Goodell wanted to make a statement with the sanctions.
“The commissioner has been clear from day one that he wants to change the culture of the game,” Pash mentioned, whilst also adding that the league did not locate bounty programs inside other organizations.
“He desires to get rid of the gratuitous hits, and get rid of any excessive violence that has no place in the game. If accomplishing that contains harsh penalties that some individuals feel are excessive, then so be it. We are comfortable with the sanctions.”
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