The transcript has been leaked.
Sure, we’ve been trying to get it. Not that I particularly want to read the hundreds of pages but because this is one of those very rare subjects that resides in my fairly narrow wheelhouse. Which probably makes it more like a wheelshack.
Either way, the good news is that I haven’t had to read it yet. The bad news is that I suspect I eventually will.
Until then, we’ll rely on the interpretation of the transcript that the Associated Press has obtained, despite the best efforts of the NFL to contain it.
The money quote, per the AP, comes from the testimony of former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who claims that he tried to stop the bounty program after the 2009 season, but that assistant head coach Joe Vitt insisted that it continue.
Specifically, Vitt said that Commissioner Roger Goodell “wasn’t going to . . . tell us to . . . stop doing what won us the Super Bowl,” and that “[t]his has been going on in the . . . National Football League forever, and it will go on here forever, when they run [me] out of there, it will still go on.”
The assertion seems more than a bit far-fetched. Williams was the defensive coordinator, and Vitt was the linebackers coach. Though Vitt also was the assistant head coach, Williams ran the defense. Besides, if Williams disagreed with Vitt, Williams should have gone to head coach Sean Payton.The lengthy AP article has plenty of other nuggets from the transcript. I’ll wait until I get the full document so that I can break it all down in context, run the various pieces of testimony through the crap filter, peel the proverbial onion, and connect the proverbial dots. Based on what we’ve heard from folks connected to the process, there are likely bigger land mines lurking in the pages than a facially nonsensical suggestion by Williams that a guy he outranks successfully pulled rank.