When former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue convenes the appeal hearing in the bounty case, two key witnesses will be required to attend and testify.
According to the Associated Press, a document sent by Tagliabue to the parties directs the NFL to produce former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for questioning.
Cerullo reportedly has indicated that he’ll attend (after all, he still wants to work in the NFL). Williams reportedly has declined. If, however, Williams wants to ever work in the NFL again, he’ll show up.
If he doesn’t, the NFL should be blocked from relying on Williams’ sworn statement, which curiously was signed in September after an internal appeal board threw out the first wave of bounty suspensions, forcing the NFL to start the process over, from scratch.