As Saints top brass -- Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis -- get ready to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to appeal their suspensions for their roles in the Saints bounty scandal, new audio has surfaced of a blistering pre-game speech made by then-defensive coordinator Greg Williams from 2011.
In a report by Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, a documentary filmmaker released the audio of Williams' speech -- which is laced with profanity. The filmmaker who released the audio says it is clear Williams was putting a bounty on quarterback Alex Smith.
"Kill the head and the body will die," Williams is heard saying to his players.
In the audio, Williams makes specific references to injure numerous players like Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis on the San Francisco 49ers before the showdown in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, which the Saints lost 36-32.
"Williams also referenced the prospect of his players inflicting a severe knee injury upon San Francisco wideout Michael Crabtree and exhorted them to 'put a lick on' backup receiver Kyle Williams in an effort to 'find out' if he was still suffering from the effects of a late-December concussion," writes Silver. (See full story) (Hear the audio of the speech. Warning: the speech has profanity.)
Williams is currently under an indefinite suspension for his role in the bounty scandal, which had monetary bonuses to injure and knock opponents out of the games.
As for how did recording surface? Apparently, many are feeling that the filmmaker Sean Pamphilon betrayed the trust Steve Gleason and the Saints. Gleason was the subject of a doumentary that Pamphilon was working on. According to Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith, "Williams was thinking Pamphilon was with the Saints to make a private recording for former Saint Steve Gleason and his family. The men in the Saints’ locker room had no idea Pamphilon was ever going to make what he saw and heard public." (See full story)
Pamphilon released a statement as to why he released the audio:
"If this story hadn’t broken and been made public, I would not have shared this it. (sic) I would not have compromised my personal relationships and risked damaging Steve Gleason’s relationship with the Saints. I would have crafted these words and sentiments for another forum, perhaps years down the road.
"If it weren’t for the fact I feel deeply that parents of children playing football MUST pay attention to the influence of men who will sacrifice their kids for W’s, I would not have written this." (See full statement.)