Deny, Deny, Deny

They always say deny, deny, deny. That is until a tape is released with your voice on it saying to injure players like Alex Smith, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree and Kyle Williams.

 

Audio was released by Sean Pamphilon, a documentary filmmaker, of Gregg Williams, former defensive coordinator of the Saints, making a speech to his defensive line the night that the Saints lost in the playoffs to the 49ers. Pamphilon also says that during the speech, only four of the 12-minute speech are on the recording, Williams pointed to his chin saying to hit Alex Smith there.

 

If Williams’ NFL career wasn’t already over from an indefinite suspension of the NFL, it is now with the following excerpts from his speech on display for all:

 

“Kill the head and the body will die.”

On Gore: “We’ve got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore’s head. We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways.”

On running back Kendall Hunter: “Little 32, we’re going to knock the f— out of him.”

 

On Smith: “Every single one of you, before you get off the pile, affect the head. Early, affect the head. Continue, touch and hit the head.”

On Kyle Williams: “We need to find out in the first two series of the game, that little wide receiver, No. 10, about his concussion. We need to f—— put a lick on him right now. He needs to decide. He needs to f—— decide.”

On Crabtree: “We need to decide whether Crabtree wants to be a fake-ass prima donna, or he wants to be a tough guy. We need to find out. He becomes human when we f—— take out that outside ACL.”

On Davis: “We need to decide how many times we can bull rush and and we can f—— put Vernon Davis’ ankles over the pile.”

Williams was pretty thorough on his instructions as to what he would like his players to do to the 49ers and with comments like these it will be all but possible to take a plea of innocence.

Malcolm Jenkins tweeted out his anger at Pamphilon releasing the tape saying, “Sean pamphilon is a coward and should be ashamed for taking advantage of Steve Gleason! How much did u get paid for that audio?” The tweet has been deleted.

 

Pamphilon said in an interview that he released the audio because of discomfort. The comments about Kyle Williams with his history of concussions made him “uncomfortable.” Pamphilon is currently working on a piece that in part looks at head trauma suffered by players. He was following the Saints during the season working on a documentary that featured the former Saints player Steve Gleason. He claims had the story not been broke he would not have released the audio out of respect for Gleason, except maybe years later down the road in a different forum.

 

The Saints had ample warning to “cease and desist” their bounty program as they were warned before playoffs that an investigation was being re-opened and to stop their incentive program. Williams apologized and took full responsibility after the story broke. Other coaches have been scheduled to have appeals for their punishments and the team as a whole was fined $500,000 and must forfeit their second-round draft picks in 2012 and 2013. Punishment has not been announced for players involved.

-Samantha Jones

 

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