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Kyle Williams “shocked” NFL didn’t investigate Giants targeting him

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Wide receiver Kyle Williams won’t be playing in the Super Bowl because of a torn ACL, but he’s in New Orleans with the 49ers and answering questions about his last playoff appearance.

That would be last year’s NFC Championship Game loss to the Giants, which featured a pair of Williams fumbles on punt returns that helped the Giants advance to the Super Bowl. After the game, a couple of Giants players said that they wanted to put hits on Williams that would bring his concussion history into play. Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams also talked about targeting Kyle Williams’ head in the infamous audiotape from the previous week’s game and the 49ers receiver said Wednesday that he was “shocked” that the Giants’ comments weren’t investigated by the league.

“When the bounty stuff came out and Gregg Williams had said the same things, basically, they went for his neck with that and they took that to the absolute highest level they could. But it was almost like when the Giants said it, it was not a big deal,” Kyle Williams said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “That’s the only thing that kind of shocked me. I thought that would have the same reaction because it was the same exact thing.”

Williams said that he did get hit in the head during the game, though he doesn’t think that they led to either of his fumbles, and that he doesn’t know whether the Giants were targeting him or not. He was surprised that the comments didn’t draw more attention from the league in relation to what went on with the Saints, but he also made it clear that he wasn’t upset about it.

“Guys try to put guys out of the game every single game,” Williams said.

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68 Responses to “Kyle Williams “shocked” NFL didn’t investigate Giants targeting him”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Jan 30, 2013 11:59 AM

    Oh for god sake Whiners … give it a break. Sometimes you lose. That’s football.

  2. Michel Laurence says: Jan 30, 2013 12:00 PM

    Stop crying.

  3. vertskate900 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:04 PM

    If I was Kyle Williams I think I would just lay low the rest of my life, you know?

  4. calv23 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:04 PM

    Investigating the Giants, Jets, or any other team that’s outed themselves over the last year would conflict with the NFL’s narrative that this was an isolated incident confined to one small-market team to be scapegoated.

    I’m very surprised there’s been no mention here of the Vitt transcripts. In his testimony he says Gregg Williams told him he was contacted by over 20 teams saying they all had the same system, and he had to take the heat for them all? Or that Remi Ayodele told Vitt that the Vikings had a bigger “bounty” system than the Saints. That’s pretty big news that’s getting buried during Super Bowl week.

  5. blacknole08 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    Whether the Giants targeted him or not, he was listed on the injury report. And his concussion history was well known before that.

    This doesn’t change the fact that his mistake sent the Giants to the Super Bowl.

  6. oceans18 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    Less worrying about a game you blew last year more worrying about your team in the Super Bowl this year.

  7. joetoronto says: Jan 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    Yes, I can just see the Giants now, in their dressing room before the game.

    “We really need to take care of Kyle Williams, he’s our first order of business.”

    SMH.

  8. dtr3e says: Jan 30, 2013 12:07 PM

    He wasn’t crying, just stating his opinion. He was asked a question and he answered it. Not like he just came out and talked about it on his own free will. Plus why didn’t the league look into it? What do the rules not apply for all 32 teams the same? Oh wait! they dont do they New England?

  9. SparkyGump says: Jan 30, 2013 12:09 PM

    It’s your bad judgment that made you fumble not the other team. Deal with it.

  10. justintuckrule says: Jan 30, 2013 12:10 PM

    There’s a reason why teams don’t put certain players on the injury report. They don’t want to draw the opponent’s attention to a weakness to be targeted.

    If he knew he was a target, Kyle could have easily begged out of the game.

  11. amanistumor says: Jan 30, 2013 12:10 PM

    Because Godell likes Eli and the Giants.!!

  12. yourignorancespreads says: Jan 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    Uh oh you mean other teams say the exact same thing to there players that Greg Williams does. Well then they must have had a secret bounty that no one knows about. Till now. Bountys don’t need to be money there can also be other motives like let’s say make it to the Super Bowl. But don’t worry it’s cool giants your allowed to do it. But Only the Saints can’t. What a joke this league is becoming I hate goodell and his rules.

  13. fanofevilempire says: Jan 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    Kyle was upset when he saw Bradshaws SB Ring..

  14. marcinhouston says: Jan 30, 2013 12:12 PM

    He just has to accept that in Roger Goodell’s NFL, some teams will have special privileges and others will be targeted. That is how it works now. Goodell probably dredged up the Saints bounty issue specifically to take the heat off the Giants, who play in a much more valuable media market. If you want fair treatment, build a time machine and travel back to the era of some previous commish. There is no way Goodell will ever admit that multiple teams had bounty-like systems, especially teams that played physical and actually seriously injured opposing players, because that would undermine Goodell’s efforts to portray himself as a crusader for player safety, catching the one rouge team in time, and preventing it from ever becoming a systematic issue.

  15. fissels says: Jan 30, 2013 12:12 PM

    It’s in the past. Get over it.

  16. phonymcringring says: Jan 30, 2013 12:13 PM

    With such a soft attitude and fragile body he should expect some more smacks… assuming he can get back on the field.

  17. eshine76 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:14 PM

    He’s right. He’s not complaining about losing. He is comparing the Giants words to the words of Greg Williams.

    The Saints lost their head coach for a year over the words of his then defensive coordinator. (Keep in mind that the league didn’t tie any illegal hits or injuries to the Saints.) Meanwhile, the Giants don’t even get a phone call? I think its a fair statement.

    Goodell must have been impressed with Mara’s ability to fight the Redskins and Cowboys over the cap fiasco.

  18. nolahxc says: Jan 30, 2013 12:15 PM

    Oh, you realized Goodell is a hypocrite too, Kyle?

    Yeah, we were pretty shocked too.

  19. 49ersgiants4life says: Jan 30, 2013 12:16 PM

    Read the whole piece before you comment it said he wasn’t upset because that happens every game he was just surprised cause of bountygate basically saying the league targeted the saints

  20. dbones750 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:16 PM

    Maybe they’d put a hit out on Hester or Trindon Holliday, but the oh-so-feared Kyle Williams, I don’t think so, pal. Just hold on to the ball and we’re not having this conversation.

  21. waxthat says: Jan 30, 2013 12:17 PM

    fuglyflorio

    You must be filled with hate, bud. Always trashing every Niner related blog. YOU should give it a break.

  22. classicfootballplease says: Jan 30, 2013 12:17 PM

    The point of football is too knock the other man to the ground as violently as possible, hopefully jarring the ball loose so your own team can jump on it. Don’t like it, come work at the car wash with me where I make $7.45 an hour. Do i really need to say more? O, the fact that last year I broke my leg and suffered a concussion when some idiot sped into the tunnel too fast. No one is crying for some national laws or standards to make car washes safer. No one feels sorry for me, i don’t feel sorry for these whining genetic lottery winners.

  23. meurah says: Jan 30, 2013 12:18 PM

    I don’t see this as crying or whining. He never got hit in the head, he never complained about the fumbles; he took full responsibility for what happened. He’s just surprised that Giants players said “we wanted to hit him in the head” and the NFL didn’t look into that. I don’t see that as a big deal. If you see that as complaining, you must take everything as a complaint.

  24. gronkspike802 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:18 PM

    Dude has a point.

  25. dkrauss93 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:18 PM

    He’s not whining. I agree with him. The giant players admitted to
    him in the head bc of his past concussions. If this was the saints they’d be critized. Thumb me down all you want, and I’m not saying the gmen would’ve lost, I’m saying if your going to investigate one team for paying to hurt people, you gotta do the same to the other teams. Btw I’m not a Niners or saints fan

  26. cosanostra71 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:19 PM

    I don’t see how he is “whining”. He didn’t say anything about the game itself, just the comments afterwards. Which, in the context of what happened the Saints, I think is a completely valid line of questioning.

    I’m excited for Williams to come back next year. He looked a lot better this year, and I think will be valuable in the slot for Kaepernick next year.

  27. timsmith25252 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:20 PM

    Goodell only cares about saints bounty and fining james harrison.

  28. dabearsk says: Jan 30, 2013 12:20 PM

    Given the seriousness of concussions it’s pretty sick to have a group of “men” targeting and trying to purposefully cause additional head trauma to the kid… Playing hard is one thing but what the Giant players said was going over the line. Having said that it does zero good for Williams to say that. It will never happen because of the gambling but the NFL should get rid of the “injury ” report.

  29. commonsensedude says: Jan 30, 2013 12:20 PM

    Rule #1 in Goodell’s NFL: Roger makes up all the other rules as he goes along.

    Rule #2; All 32 NFL franchises are equal. But some franchises are more equal than others.

  30. timebandit24 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:21 PM

    When your owner can get the nfl to take salary cap away so his team stays above in division, you apparently have the stroke to get by with more.

  31. garyreazons55 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:23 PM

    The majority of America is shocked that you are still on an NFL Roster.

  32. hooks024 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:25 PM

    who says they didn’t? just because they don’t announce it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

  33. mrlaloosh says: Jan 30, 2013 12:27 PM

    Gotta laugh at all the Giants apologists. Everone know there is no way the NFL would investigate anything to do with Mara. He could commit murder on the 50 yard line and Goodell would turn a blind eye.

  34. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 30, 2013 12:29 PM

    So the Giants cheat too. They join the Saints (bountygate), the Patriots & Jets (caught taping), the Steelers (team doctor indicted for giving out steroids), the Ravens (Antlergate), the 49ers (team illegally worked around salary cap)…who else am I missing?

    Funny how the Jets are the only one who couldn’t win on this list.

  35. sharks123 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:30 PM

    Clearly wasn’t whining or crying, clear to people with an IQ higher then 10.

  36. nickmiller63 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:32 PM

    Williams was asked a question, and he answered. I’d bet we could all agree that since the league went after the Saints, it’s odd that it did not pursue the Giants, and at best supports the idea that the league had it out for New Orleans.

    Nothing in what he said constituted whining. Niner-hate is not appropriate here.

  37. mullman76 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:39 PM

    Simple explanation: Mara, Rooney and Kraft run this league and Goodell is their puppet.

    The giants, steelers and especially the patriots are treated differently than the other 29 teams in the league.

    Go RAIDERS

  38. zaggs says: Jan 30, 2013 12:40 PM

    Maybe they did, by reviewing the game film. They saw that Williams (contrary to his crying) didn’t get hit in the head. So the NFL concluded that either A) No one on the Giants was actually targeting his head or B) the Giants sucked so badly at tackling that even if they did target someone, they couldn’t hit them so there was no need to worry.

  39. granadafan says: Jan 30, 2013 12:47 PM

    Williams was also heard saying, “They targeted me. I was simply holding the ball and they kept hitting me. When I fell down, a whistle blew, and they got off of me. They kept doing this whenever I touched the ball. *sniffle*”.

  40. ninerdynasty says: Jan 30, 2013 12:48 PM

    A major market team like in NY or Boston area getting investigated? thats unheard of to my knowledge.. is always the small market team that gets the hammer.. they need to big markets to win games so they can bring in more $ ..

    plain and simple economics

  41. SeenThisB4 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:51 PM

    Goodell’s a hypocrite and a liar, and a lousy commish. Of course he’s not going to investigate, much less punish, his league pets, never going to happen.

  42. bigwayne75 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:53 PM

    All this guy will be forever known for is those fumbles and his whining, what a legacy.

  43. maximusprime107 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:53 PM

    Maybe it has something to do with you being a non factor

  44. nebster21 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:53 PM

    when will you guys realize that Goodell will NEVER let anything happen to his beloved Giants. Not only do the Giants have Goodell on their side but they have Mara who would sell his daughter to make sure nothing happens to his team. To include throwing other teams under the bus to make sure his team has the best “Chance”

  45. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:58 PM

    They’ll find something new to whine about after they lose Sunday.

  46. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 30, 2013 1:00 PM

    nebster21 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:53 PM

    when will you guys realize that Goodell will NEVER let anything happen to his beloved Giants. Not only do the Giants have Goodell on their side but they have Mara who would sell his daughter to make sure nothing happens to his team. To include throwing other teams under the bus to make sure his team has the best “Chance”
    ————

    I could do nothing but laugh at this foolishness.

  47. rugdaniels says: Jan 30, 2013 1:04 PM

    The only thing the Giants were targeting was Williams’ inability to be a capable kick returner. Also ‘bounty’ indicates that a reward was paid in exchange for an act against a player. The Giants kicked your second-string butt for free Kyle.

  48. yem123 says: Jan 30, 2013 1:05 PM

    The Giants never mentioned having MONEY on anyone’s head. That is what Bounty means. Targeting a player is not the same as a bounty. That’s why this is not even newsworthy, there is absolutely no analogy to be drawn here.

  49. bigwayne75 says: Jan 30, 2013 1:06 PM

    I love all this hatred for the Giants, I bet all the haters are blaming the Giants for Sean Peyton’s getting suspend too. Without Mara, the lock out could be on but no one wants to give him any credit for stopping that.

  50. armchairqb says: Jan 30, 2013 1:20 PM

    You lost. Deal with it. What a tool.

  51. raiderrob21 says: Jan 30, 2013 1:20 PM

    Really??
    How about you just do your job. Catch the ball, make as many yards as you can without LOSING the ball.
    And most importantly, keep your trap shut when you dont do your job and cost your team the game.

  52. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 30, 2013 1:22 PM

    mrlaloosh says: Jan 30, 2013 12:27 PM

    Gotta laugh at all the Giants apologists. Everone know there is no way the NFL would investigate anything to do with Mara. He could commit murder on the 50 yard line and Goodell would turn a blind eye.
    ————-

    Only thing funny here is you inferiority complex types.

  53. ravensfaninnova says: Jan 30, 2013 1:22 PM

    Don’t you know that in ANY competition, your opponent will go after the weakest link? You Mr Williams, were the weakest link. Quit crying

  54. mi6agent says: Jan 30, 2013 1:26 PM

    True sport fans never want any player gets hurt, especially from an illed intention. Jaw strained from talking too much is an exception.

  55. sisqsage says: Jan 30, 2013 1:27 PM

    Williams isn’t whining about anything. He’s just asking about the NFL’s seemingly inconsistent way of handing out discipline.
    He manned up about the messups in the game and answered every reporter’s questions about the mistakes for days afterward, earning a lot of respect.
    This year he was actually a very effective returner (see the Vikings game where he nearly returned two for TDs. One went for 90 yards).

    He is a very good slot receiver and might be the Niners’ No. 1 return guy fulltime next year with Ginn getting older and not being of much use as a receiver.

  56. heyooo says: Jan 30, 2013 1:31 PM

    Excuses, excuses. You lost. Get over it. The 49ers defense admitted to trying to knock Eli out of the game afterwards but that news story did not get any publicity like the Giants story did. Either way, what the Giants said had nothing to do with those fumbles. Next time hold onto the ball a little tighter there buddy.

  57. nineroutsider says: Jan 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    NY Giants fans feel important now. Enjoying the off-season NY? It’s already been a month, I’m sure you are up on the latest draft news, watched the Senior Bowl, etc. You eagerly await free agency, yes?

    Congrats on last year though!

  58. 4thqtrsaint says: Jan 30, 2013 1:42 PM

    I’d also like to add… From the Vitt transcripts… That Greg Williams texted Vitt, saying 20 other teams asked him to take the fall for them… Whoever posted about this earlier was dead on… The transcripts will open your eyes… I encourage people to read all of it…

  59. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 30, 2013 1:43 PM

    nineroutsider says: Jan 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    NY Giants fans feel important now. Enjoying the off-season NY? It’s already been a month, I’m sure you are up on the latest draft news, watched the Senior Bowl, etc. You eagerly await free agency, yes?

    Congrats on last year though!
    ——————

    You’ll eagerly await it also, with the same “consolation”, since your whiners are going to lose Sunday. Will anyone care that you were runners up and not winners?

  60. mungman69 says: Jan 30, 2013 1:48 PM

    Stop all the crying. You win some and you lose some.

  61. goodellsadouche says: Jan 30, 2013 2:01 PM

    NY has a media that might ask questions unlike the New Orleans media

  62. gcsuk says: Jan 30, 2013 2:10 PM

    mrlaloosh says: Jan 30, 2013 12:27 PM

    Gotta laugh at all the Giants apologists. Everone know there is no way the NFL would investigate anything to do with Mara. He could commit murder on the 50 yard line and Goodell would turn a blind eye.
    ———————————————————–
    Don’t forget to laugh at the Niners/Saints paranoid conspiracy theorists while you’re at it.

  63. lflib69 says: Jan 30, 2013 2:14 PM

    In response to the loser titled “dtr3e”: If you are going to make ridiculous accusations please state your proof (factual…not your opinions) that the Patriots are the only team to get any special rules. Until then…stop being so jealous of a winning team and try to enjoy the game of football.

  64. zaggs says: Jan 30, 2013 2:38 PM

    Video or he never got hit in the head.

  65. kev86 says: Jan 30, 2013 3:37 PM

    If Eli wasnt so tough, we wouldnt be talking about it. Man did he take some shots in that game. Eli is the MANN.

  66. bigwayne75 says: Jan 30, 2013 6:01 PM

    There were a lot of very question illegal hits on Eli during that game, I don’t see him crying, you know why because Eli has class and not a whiner.

  67. noring4youstill says: Jan 30, 2013 6:09 PM

    That’s because only the Saints have a bounty program

  68. lamontjoe says: Jan 30, 2013 8:21 PM

    Hold onto the ball crybaby!

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