NFL tells reporters Williams “rolled the dice with player safety”

AP

What we don’t know is how much of the evidence the NFL shared with reporters Monday was also shared with players three days ago.

But what we do know is some of their media presentation included facts which haven’t yet been reported.

Jim Varney of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that the league’s presentation included the fact former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams told investigators his program “rolled the dice with player safety and someone could have been maimed.”

Varney reported that former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White led the presentation at league headquarters.

Much of the presentation seems to be the same information we had here earlier today. (While reading the raw copies earlier without the guidance of the league, I assumed Jonathan Vilma and Charles Grant were paid $10,000 each because of a different notation than Mike Ornstein and Joe Vitt’s contributions, but the league said the players contributed those amounts to make a $35,000 Brett Favre bounty pool. Assumptions, there you go).

They were also shown a video presentation in which former Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove said, “Hey, Bobby, give me the money!” to teammate Bobby McCray after Vitt, in a sideline huddle with the unit, tells the Saints he thinks Favre has a broken leg and will be replaced.

18 responses to “NFL tells reporters Williams “rolled the dice with player safety”

  1. Players never, ever, ever joke around on NFL sidelines. Thanks, Roger!

    “It’s football. I don’t think anything else of those guys.” – Brett Favre, despite PK desperately wanting his interview to result in tears and “they stole my title” handwringing

  2. They were also shown a video presentation in which former Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove said, “Hey, Bobby, give me the money!” to teammate Bobby McCray after Vitt, in a sideline huddle with the unit, tells the Saints he thinks Favre has a broken leg and will be replaced.
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    The players say this was just a joke also. Anything that can be considered evidence of a bounty program to Saints players and fans was just a joke. The JOKE is everybody naive enought to think there wasn’t one, even though players from all the other teams Williams coached said they also had bounties.

  3. According to the concussion class-action lawsuit, the NFL has been “playing dice” with player safety for 40 years. In fact, the concussion lawsuit says that for years, the NFL tried to cover up studies saying that concussions caused various ailments later in life. Of course, the NFL denies this.

    Perhaps both the NFL and Greg Williams have a history of “playing dice” with players’ health and trying to cover it up.

  4. If you play football isn’t that a roll of the dice with your safety according to the old time player. Sorry I still find this a witch hunt. The more that comes out the moreot seems that way. The commish is trying to show he is touch on safety by twisting words. I’ve been saying it since the story broke. The more I see this was just a program to play better. They still have yet to show money changing hands. Vitt was probably telling th farve was hurt to get ready for the next qb

  5. These are horrible accusations. Too bad Goodell has no proof and made them up because he did like some rant a defensive coordinator made. Also, its amusing that Mary Jo is a paid presenter now, really makes her initial analysis seem all that much more objective.

  6. I love how Saints fans come up with all these hard to believe alternative excuses for the evidence.

    They did it and got caught… Lets move on please

  7. Remember when players had class? I recall a program about Joe Namath where he describes respect amongst players. He said he could have been flattened, hurt, career ended, but defensive players pulled up if the ball was out or let him down easy if not yet thrown. Play is over, who cares what is legal. Beat a team at their best, with their star player. That is football. That is true competitive spirit.

    The game is violent, but gotten more so over the years. NFL needs respect, not evidence, legal proceedings, divas.

  8. And to all the “let’s move on” people, move on. Why keep posting on the saints stories. Seeing a lot of people who are “sick and tired” of these stories stick around. Ur just as astounding as the fans who make the excuses.

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