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Gregg Williams’ attendance at Rams game may have been one-time exception

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One of the most confusing developments on Sunday was the decision of the NFL to temporarily unshun Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, allowing him to attend Sunday’s win over the Seahawks.

So will Williams now be permitted to show up for other St. Louis games?

“He requested permission to attend this game after being invited by a friend,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT on Sunday.  “Permission was granted for this game.  He will not have contact with players or staff.”

The key phrase could be “this game.”  It implies that an open-extended exception hasn’t been granted to Williams, who is suspended indefinitely, with the possibility of reinstatement after the 2012 season ends.

It remains to be seen whether deposed Saints head coach Sean Payton can score a similar dispensation if, say, a “friend” invites Payton to be present at the Superdome for Sunday night’s game between the Chargers and Saints, which likely will include quarterback Drew Brees breaking the closest thing the NFL has to a DiMaggio record.

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14 Responses to “Gregg Williams’ attendance at Rams game may have been one-time exception”
  1. gtodriver says: Oct 1, 2012 8:38 AM

    I thought that Gregg Williams was climbing mountains in Tibet.

    I’m sure that’s what all the Saints fans were saying earlier in September…

  2. dan7800 says: Oct 1, 2012 8:52 AM

    I don’t get the NFL. Belichick and co. cheat over a lengthy period of time and don’t get ANY suspension???

    BB should have gotten the lifetime ban.

  3. gtodriver says: Oct 1, 2012 9:10 AM

    Belichek did some filming that was against the NFL rules. When caught, he admitted to it. He was severely fined and lost a 1st round draft choice.

    The Saints organization put a bounty on knocking players out of games and lied to cover it up when caught.

    There is a difference, and I think the Saints (management, coaching staff and players) got off easy.

  4. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 1, 2012 9:14 AM

    Oh, well, if he was invited by a friend. Of course you have to make an exception in that case. I heard next week his brother has an extra ticket, and you wouldn’t want him to have to eat that.

  5. nispikers says: Oct 1, 2012 9:15 AM

    Do you know that one time Saints receivers Coach is now the head coach at Tulane? Well, Sean Payton was NOT allowed to attend practices at Tulane University when his former coach asked him to make an appearance. COLLEGE football! Maybe Greg Williams sucked too much hind tit and Sean Payton didn’t even suck! The NFL and its commissioner are two-faced hypocrits!

  6. dan7800 says: Oct 1, 2012 9:44 AM

    BB ruined the integrity of the game. He should have been banned and any prior NE victories taken away.

    Brady is one of the greatest QBs of this generation. BB had no reason to cheat.

    *************************************
    Belichek did some filming that was against the NFL rules. When caught, he admitted to it. He was severely fined and lost a 1st round draft choice.

    The Saints organization put a bounty on knocking players out of games and lied to cover it up when caught.

    There is a difference, and I think the Saints (management, coaching staff and players) got off easy.

  7. chris6523 says: Oct 1, 2012 9:45 AM

    Greg Williams will continue to get invites from friends to go to games. He’ll have to be careful, though. This is similar to the sopranos when Uncle Junior realized he could get a few hours of grace from his house arrest by going to funerals for relatives. Uncle Junior ended up with depression because he was going to so many funerals.

  8. starderup says: Oct 1, 2012 9:46 AM

    The Cheaters are lucky I didn’t decide the punishment. It would have been that they forfeit 4 to 8 games in the 2012 season, and also would have taken any trophies or championships back for any years involved.

  9. ishoulbeagm says: Oct 1, 2012 10:21 AM

    It’s pathetic how blind some of you are!

  10. dcmaxx says: Oct 1, 2012 10:49 AM

    “The Cheaters are lucky I didn’t decide the punishment. It would have been that they forfeit 4 to 8 games in the 2012 season, and also would have taken any trophies or championships back for any years involved.”

    Yep, the Saint are “lucky” that all you are is an anonymous poster stuck on a computer. And you sound like a rational person who knows a lot about fooball too. Damn shame.

  11. robf2010 says: Oct 1, 2012 11:08 AM

    The NFL should have given him more than that for signing that declaration a couple of weeks ago … at least an order of nachos

  12. sdave1971 says: Oct 1, 2012 11:18 AM

    ESPN is reporting that the NFL is saying the GW is a citizen and not affiliated with the NFL, so he could attend any game he wants. He can buy season tickets if he wants. SP asked if he could attend the HoF game and was denied. I guess because he wouldn’t falsify an affidavit like GW did.

  13. nispikers says: Oct 1, 2012 12:36 PM

    sdave1971 says:Oct 1, 2012 11:18 AM

    ESPN is reporting that the NFL is saying the GW is a citizen and not affiliated with the NFL, so he could attend any game he wants. He can buy season tickets if he wants. SP asked if he could attend the HoF game and was denied. I guess because he wouldn’t falsify an affidavit like GW did
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    Sean Payton did attend the HOF game.
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    I will correct myself. He did not attend the game but did attend some type of ceremony during the HOF week. He tooks pictures with Joe Vitt and Drew Brees. Sorry!

  14. sbc85 says: Oct 1, 2012 12:55 PM

    “sdave1971 says:Oct 1, 2012 11:18 AM

    ESPN is reporting that the NFL is saying the GW is a citizen and not affiliated with the NFL, so he could attend any game he wants.”

    Is this true? I never read any news about GW getting fired from the Rams…?

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