A speech recorded by a documentary filmmaker allegedly captures former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams imploring his players to injure specific San Francisco 49ers the night prior to January’s NFC Wild Card Game.
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In the speech, a portion of which was captured by filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, Williams delivers a fiery, profanity-laced speech urging Saints players to inflict harm on numerous 49ers, which includes quarterback Alex Smith, running back Frank Gore, and receivers Michael Crabtree and Kyle Williams.
“At one point Williams says, ‘We hit (expletive) Smith right there’ — then he points below his chin (and continues) — ‘remember me,’ ” Pamphilon told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. “Then he rubs his thumb against his index and middle fingers — the money sign — and says, ‘I got the very first one. I got the first one. Go get it. Go lay that (expletive) out.’ “
It’s unknown if the NFL got a hold of this audio during its investigation of the Saints’ “bounty” program. The NFL declined comment to NFL.com’s Steve Wyche on whether or not the audio recording in the Yahoo! story or any other data in the report was evidence it previously had or if it was new.
Pamphilon captured the footage although working on a film about former Saints particular teams player Steve Gleason, who suffers from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Pamphilon stated he believes “there’s no doubt at all” that Williams placed a bounty on Smith. Pamphilon emphasized to Yahoo! Sports that Saints coach Sean Payton and common manager Mickey Loomis were not in the room through Williams’ speech.
Williams was suspended indefinitely by Commissioner Roger Goodell for his function in the “bounty” program.
Goodell will listen Thursday to appeals from the Saints ($ 500,000 fine, two lost draft picks), Payton (suspension for the 2012 season), Loomis (eight-game suspension), and assistant coach Joe Vitt (six-game suspension).
Loomis and Vitt arrived at NFL headquarters on Thursday. Payton is scheduled to arrive later in the day for his appeal.
Williams, who was hired by the St. Louis Rams this offseason, did not appeal his indefinite suspension.
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