With several current and former NFL players coming forward in the last couple days to say that ex-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams should be banned for life for orchestrating the team’s bounty program, one of the targets of that program is speaking up for second chances.
Kurt Warner, who was specifically named in the NFL’s investigation as a player the Saints’ defense was urged to take out, is spreading a message of forgiveness.
“All this talk about Gregg Williams receiving a “LIFETIME” ban from NFL,” Warner wrote on Twitter. “I disagree, we all deserve a 2nd chance!”
A fan responded to Warner’s tweet by pointing out that Williams already got a second chance when the NFL first warned the Saints that bounties would not be tolerated, and that Williams ignored the warning and continued the bounties. But Warner says the NFL should continue its long tradition of giving people the opportunity to redeem themselves.
“Guys that have gone 2 prison? Failed multiple drug test? Taped practices? All got 2nd chance!” Warner wrote.
It would be easy for Warner to hold a grudge against Williams and join those who are calling for his head. But it would also be out of character: Warner is the type to give someone who’s in trouble a helping hand, not kick him when he’s down.