Michael Silver, formerly of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, provided the following audio for Yahoo. It is Gregg Williams exhorted his New Orleans Saints defensive unit to hurt and maim the San Francisco 49ers before their playoff game. He clearly is telling them to cheat and never to apologize. This audio should really cook Williams’ goose and I hope it gets him a lifetime ban from the NFL. It is amusing he tells his players never to apologize and later, after he got caught, he apologized like a schoolboy. I warn you this audio contains profanity. If that will offend or upset you please do not click here.

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  1. Stan

    Interesting that both sports stations in a way have played down that tape..its just talk,kill the head and you kill the body is just an old saying..and go for the hurt players weakness is normal said Matt Millen. Radnich doesnt even think Payton should get any more punishment “No way,he would lose 15 million,thats too much ” said KNBR’s talking cheese.
    I think that -as usual- the worry over money is whats at stake. The NFL will let Payton coach again…but if lawyers get involved,that turns the tide.
    Interesting too that KNBR’s Krueger is aghast over Greg Williams when Krueger pre the 49er- Saints game wanted blood and crippling play himself. An amazing 180.

    April 5th, 2012 10:56 am

  2. Streetglide

    Football used to be a great game… no more.

    April 5th, 2012 11:29 am

  3. Stan

    AND If that tape doesn’t make Harbaugh’s paranoia level jump into the stratosphere…
    I feel for you guys Lowell. First it was Twitter,next could be full body scanners/ gloved cavity searchers at 49ers HQ.

    April 5th, 2012 11:32 am

  4. Bray

    This is NOT a surprise to any NFL head coach, it won’t change a thing with JH. He was a NFL QB for 15 years, he’s well aware that every week someone is trying to take out the QB. If anything, it may relax him some knowing that things will be handled differently from here on out by the dicktater Goodell.

    April 5th, 2012 11:51 am

  5. loneraider78

    I think it’s hilarious. All his tough talk and what happened? His RB gets put to sleep on the first series of the game.

    Then his defense gets cooked all game long by second rate Alex Smith.

    This guy’s done. He’ll never coach again.
    Enjoy community college flag football buddy.
    (rubbing my fingers together, signifying cash)

    April 5th, 2012 12:05 pm

  6. mike

    Players realize and accept that there is enough of a risk for injury when playing or practicing within the framework of the rules. However, it is beyond the bounds of integrity, good sportsmanship and fair play for coaches and/or players to participate knowingly in a scheme that promotes “an intent to injure” and “to do bodily harm.” We went through “fragging” during the Vietnam War, and that was a deliberate intent to wound or kill fellow troops, sometimes including personnel of superior rank. Sorry, but this stinks, and Williams should be lucky if he even gets back in the league, and if I were an opposing player who was injured during a Saints game, I definitely would consider legal action, especially if that injury were to cut short my career.

    April 5th, 2012 12:21 pm

  7. Tiburon Dave

    Good for Mike Silver and good for you for continuing to run with this…I just don’t think it’s as big a story as you’d like it to be.

    Where is the outrage from coaches and players? The Fans? The Television Networks? The Sponsors?

    The silence is absolutely deafening…

    The same people who celebrated Jack Tatum, Ronnie Lott & Ben Davidson have no right to be upset by this at all.

    Listening to Madden tap dance around this issue is fascinating…the one time proud leader of the “Criminal Element” and current advisor to “Team Black Hole” contorting to be politically correct.

    The NFL will string up Greg Williams and declare BRUTALITY is DEAD!!!


    April 5th, 2012 12:30 pm

  8. Dave T

    I do not think that anyone of us were naive enough to believe that this type of thing goes on. What it does do as pile on to an already wide open would for Williams, Payton and the Saints organization. Bottom line, if they had coped to the issue when they knew they were being investigated and put a stop to it (the bounty program) then this is simply another effort to motivate their team. The fact that they did not, flat out denied it and then continued to promte the program. That is what, at least in my humble opinion, will seal the coaches and players fate in this matter.

    April 5th, 2012 12:38 pm

  9. tk

    Ban this guy for life then throw him in jail

    April 5th, 2012 1:03 pm

  10. Bray

    I agree Dave T, the REAL problem the league had was LYING about it.

    The silence is because many have participated in similar things, maybe not to the extent of this, but bounty’s have been around longer than I have been alive. It’s usually stated as “we need this guy out of the game” not to the gory details that d-bag G. Williams went through though.

    He won’t get another job in the league, period.

    April 5th, 2012 1:05 pm

  11. Stan

    Of course, it makes me wonder how many hatchet decals Stanford’s defensive players got for a hard, putting out of the game, hit? Legal or not hmmm?..or Buckeye stickers or BYU burning bush stickers,etc.

    April 5th, 2012 1:21 pm

  12. KauaiRobert

    Williams = toast.
    Indefinately has now become PERMANENTLY.

    April 5th, 2012 1:31 pm

  13. Mark M

    Bill Simmons has written the definitive piece on this for me…. http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7779341/when-do-draw-line-nfl-violence

    April 5th, 2012 2:11 pm

  14. Dr. Feelgood

    You have to be naive to believe that comparable “Williams Rants” don’t take place all across the league. I don’t accept that the Saints locker room was somehow different in their pre-game psycho-frenzy than any other team. I’ve been around high school teams whose pre-game BS would scare you senseless if taken out of context. THEY ALL DO THIS.
    What they all Don’t do is give monetary rewards for specific debilitating injuries inflicted on specific specific players. THAT is the punishable violation. Forget about the rest.

    April 5th, 2012 2:51 pm

  15. Dave T

    Self correction, should read: I do not think that any one of us were naive enough to believe that this type of thing does not go on. I imagine that it does, often if not every game in every locker room. As Dr. Feelgood said, THEY ALL DO THIS. Heck, isn’t Ray Lewis’ pregame huddle antics similar? And that plays almost weekly on the pre-game shows etc. The very words are not punishable, what was is the bounty program and fact that they no only condoned it, but more or less flaunted it that put the NFL and the Commisioners Office (never mind who the person in the office is) in a position where they had to act and swiftly and decisively. The NFL, Owners and NFLPA are trying to protect their most marketable asset, the players themselves. This program and the extent to which the took it, flies in the face of that. The punishment may be deemed harsh here, but it will set the tone. And sometimes, let’s face it here, you just have to do that.

    April 5th, 2012 4:31 pm

  16. Dennis

    I was listening to Stan’s BF (just kidding) Larry Krueger on KNBR this morning and I liked his take on it. Basically he thought they should give Peyton a choice: take a 3 year suspension or agree to personally hold the league harmless for a certain percentage of any monetary liability the league may suffer from lawsuits do to the Saints behavior under his watch.

    April 5th, 2012 5:01 pm

  17. glenellen

    Putting out this audio now, to me, is not so much about Williams as it is about Payton. I’m sure the NFL already heard it and probably has more stuff as well.
    They put it out today right before Payton has his hearing. Payton want to stay in the building and plan for the draft. The NFL wants to get this over with (Friday I think) and this tape to me is more about the head guy. You all know what runs down hill. Nothing should change in Payton’s punishment.

    April 5th, 2012 6:21 pm

  18. ready ranger

    Remember how some poor Saints Fans were treated poorly by the 49er fans at Candlestick, and they wrote a letter to the SF Chronicle make note of their treatment????

    I say we all get together as 49er fans, & write their local newspaper outlet, and tell them how we feel about the New Orleans Saints poor sportsmanship!

    April 5th, 2012 7:03 pm

  19. chris

    All this tape is……..is Greg Williams giving a pep talk to his players before a big playoff game. There’s no way any of his players could do what he said to the 49er players mentioned because they’d all be caught and get fined or suspended by the NFL who’s keeping an eye on hits that cause injury. And notice Williams says, “you must do these things to get respect in this league”……which says this is a mindset in the NFL, not just in New Orleans Always has been and always will be in the violent game of football.

    April 5th, 2012 7:24 pm

  20. Seth

    You know its ironic you inserted that quote because Gregg Williams might be of the same mind as Col Walter Kurtz.

    April 6th, 2012 2:23 pm

  21. CohnZohn

    Glad you caught the reference, Seth.

    April 6th, 2012 2:24 pm

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