If you’ve been asleep the past 24 hours you may have missed the development of one of the most recent, almost-irrelevant controversies this offseason. The New Orleans Saints’ former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was revealed by the NFL as having a “bounty” or “pay-for-play” system. This system awarded as much as $8,000 for a single hit according to sources.
New Orleans Saints players and at least one assistant coach maintained a bounty pool of up to $50,000 the last three seasons to reward game-ending injuries inflicted on opposing players, including Brett Favre and Kurt Warner, the NFL said Friday. “Knockouts” were worth $1,500 and “cart-offs” $1,000, with payments doubled or tripled for the playoffs.
The NFL said the pool amounts reached their height in 2009, the year the Saints won the Super Bowl.
The league said between 22 and 27 defensive players were involved in the program and that it was administered by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, with the knowledge of coach Sean Payton.
Williams apologized for his role, saying: “It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it.” – HuffingtonPost.com
As if the story with the Saints wasn’t enough, now the Washington Redskins have been implicated as using this system when Williams was in DC.
From 2009 to 2011, the Saints’ “program” paid $1,500 for a “knockout” hit and $1,000 if an opposing player was carted off the field, the NFL said. The system worked the same way in both New Orleans and Washington apparently, in which Williams would fine players $500 for being late to practices and meetings before redistributing it. He would contribute some of the money from his own pocket. – WashingtonPost.com
Now the news of Williams and his ways has made ESPN. Here was their most recent update from their YouTube page.