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Mixed signals on Gregg Williams’ ability to attend games

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The league’s decision to allow former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to attend Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and the Rams has spawned a string of conflicts accounts and explanations.

Adam Schefter of ESPN explained earlier today that Williams is permitted to attend any game he wants.  Williams, as Schefter explained it, has been banned not suspended.  As a result, Williams currently isn’t employed by any team.  So he can go watch any team play.

The league tells PFT that Williams needs to request permission on a game-by-game basis.  The mere fact that Williams must say “mother may I” suggests that he’s not free and clear to attend games on the basis that he has been banned.

Moreover, banned is worse than suspended.  So if the guys how have been suspended can’t attend, why can the guy who has been banned attend?

Most importantly, he hasn’t been banned.  He has been suspended.  As the Rams explained it earlier today via email to PFT:  “He was hired by the Rams as defensive coordinator, then the NFL suspended him indefinitely.”

So he’s still employed by the Rams.  And given that he has received the worst of the various suspensions, the fact that he has been permitted to attend a game makes the league’s decision even more curious.

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma agrees:  “What a coincidence gregg williams is all of a sudden allowed to attend rams games starting today…sidedeal???  Yessir.”

Vilma is referring to the September 14 sworn statement from Williams, which implicates Vilma as offering $10,000 to whoever knocked former Vikings quarterback Brett Favre out of the 2009 NFC title game.  And Vilma implies that the league allowed Williams to attend the game because Williams cooperated with the league.

Either way, suspended Saints coach Sean Payton should be demanding the ability to attend Sunday night’s game between the Chargers and the Saints — and if the league says no, he should be demanding an explanation.

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19 Responses to “Mixed signals on Gregg Williams’ ability to attend games”
  1. goldrush36 says: Oct 1, 2012 3:29 PM

    0-5 on the horizon. Who Dat?

  2. pingpongbradford says: Oct 1, 2012 3:36 PM

    It’s not like Williams was given immunity for giving that info to the NFL…Vilma needs to stop complaining.

  3. jbl429 says: Oct 1, 2012 3:41 PM

    Well if Vilma thinks something’s fishy, it must be true. After all, they don’t get much smarter and stand-up than Vilma.

  4. mrfoozball says: Oct 1, 2012 3:42 PM

    Banned, suspended, un-employed, fired… It’s all about semantics, I tell ya.

  5. nispikers says: Oct 1, 2012 3:44 PM

    The NFL has already banned Sean Payton from attending the Hall of Fame game. Like I said before, evidentally Greg Williams sucked hind tit to be able to attend these games, and Sean Payton don’t play those games.
    The NFL and their commissioner are two-faced hypocrits!
    And if the Rams haven’t technically fired Greg Williams, isn’t he still an employee of the NFL?
    Let’s hear all of the media’s take on this one!!!

  6. domehead says: Oct 1, 2012 3:49 PM

    “and if the league says no, he should be demanding an explanation.”

    Payton won’t be demanding anything…Not if he’s hoping for a mid-season reprieve from Lord Goodell.

  7. Bob says: Oct 1, 2012 3:53 PM

    goldrush36 says:
    Oct 1, 2012 3:29 PM
    0-5 on the horizon. Who Dat?

    Win a Super Bowl in this century, and then come talk to us.

  8. goldrush36 says: Oct 1, 2012 4:15 PM

    Bob says: Oct 1, 2012 3:53 PM

    goldrush36 says:
    Oct 1, 2012 3:29 PM
    0-5 on the horizon. Who Dat?

    Win a Super Bowl in this century, and then come talk to us.

    ______________________________________

    Win 5 EVER then come talk to us. I know that one championship in the entire franchise history is a real gem, but the run is already over

  9. DubZ480 says: Oct 1, 2012 4:29 PM

    Does anyone whine quite as much as Vilma?

  10. EJ says: Oct 1, 2012 4:33 PM

    The league was right in punishing the small group of them for what was said and done, but the form of punishment seems a little un-even. IMO, everyone should receive the same punishment except Gregg Williams, who should be banned from the sport indefinitely.

  11. daveman8403 says: Oct 1, 2012 4:39 PM

    jbl429 says:
    Oct 1, 2012 3:41 PM
    Well if Vilma thinks something’s fishy, it must be true. After all, they don’t get much smarter and stand-up than Vilma.

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    Shows what you know. Vilma was 3 time all academic, and both his parents are doctors. I am quite sure he is more intelligent than you.

  12. dcmaxx says: Oct 1, 2012 4:55 PM

    “Does anyone whine quite as much as Vilma?”

    have you ever lost a year’s pay for something that you believe was an injustice??

  13. rexranius says: Oct 1, 2012 5:36 PM

    Now that the refs are back, do we really need to go back to this soap opera?

  14. mazblast says: Oct 1, 2012 5:49 PM

    Williams said whatever Goodell wanted for his vendetta against Vilma, and now he can attend the games. The timing is, OF COURSE, purely coincidental.

    So what will you buy next? Swampland in Florida, or this fine bridge over the East River that I happen to own?

  15. vilma4commish says: Oct 1, 2012 5:49 PM

    Are you serious?

  16. vilma4commish says: Oct 1, 2012 5:51 PM

    Win 5 EVER then come talk to us. I know that one championship in the entire franchise history is a real gem, but the run is already over

    _____________________________

    Pretty easy when you are cheating the once recently established salary cap for a decade..

  17. vilma4commish says: Oct 1, 2012 5:53 PM

    Payton won’t be demanding anything…Not if he’s hoping for a mid-season reprieve from Lord Goodell.

    ___________________________

    Payton is taking notes and working on his lawsuit vs Goodell.. You are right, he can’t say anything right now if he wants to get reinstated.. But just you wait till the day he does. I can assure you the turds will hit the fan.. Payton is not a tight lipped by nature, he is stuck between a rock and a hard place here. Goodell is a f’n scumbag..

  18. mazblast says: Oct 1, 2012 5:55 PM

    Win 5 EVER then come talk to us. I know that one championship in the entire franchise history is a real gem, but the run is already over
    ————————————————–
    Sorry, Bob, but goldrush has you here. Last century is over, let’s stick to this century, in which Invincible Dallas has won exactly ONE playoff game, period, while consistently getting media attention as if they are a perennial contender.

    And if you’d like to go toe-to-toe, my team has SIX Lombardi Trophies, TWO won this century, both of which eclipse Unbeatable Dallas. The four last century were great, they were wonderful, but they were long ago. Let’s focus on now.

  19. rogergoodellsays says: Oct 1, 2012 6:22 PM

    It’s cool. Gregg’s my boy now. We’ve put all that bad blood behind us.

    Payton on the other hand…

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