The NFL already handed down their punishments to members of the New Orleans Saints for their role in the bounty scandal, most notably the organizer of it, Gregg Williams. Now there is audio that was released having been recorded as recently as the day before the Saints playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers where we hear Williams giving a speech to his defensive players to inflict injury. According to the man who recorded, filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, when Williams instructed his players to hit Alex Smith on the chin to knock him out of the game, he gave a hand motion signaling a monetary payment.
Pamphilon is best known for his documentary on Ricky Williams, “Run Ricky Run.” He was following the Saints around as he recorded a documentary for former Saints special teams play Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS. He released the audio on his website and says that there is no doubt that Williams gave a bounty.
For those that are unable able to listen to the audio until later, here are key moments in the recording according to Pamphilon:
Said Pamphilon: “At one point Williams says, ‘We hit [expletive] Smith right there’ – then he points under his chin [and continues] – ‘remember me.’ Then he rubs his thumb against his index and middle fingers – the cash sign – and says, ‘I got the first one. I got the first one. Go get it. Go lay that [expletive] out.’
“Kill the head, the body will die”
“We’ve got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore’s head,” Williams told the players. “We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways.”
“Little 32, we want to knock the [expletive] out of him. He has no idea what he’s in for. When he’s on the sideline, we’ve gotta turn that [expletive] over, turn their coaches over, turn the spectators over. Go and get that [expletive] on the sidelines.”
“We need to decide on how many times we can meet Frank Gore’s head. We need to decide how many times we can bull rush and we can [expletive] clip Vernon Davis’ ankles over the pile … respect comes from them fearing us.”
Pretty damning evidence that I am sure the NFL was made aware of late in their investigation. They had already told the Saints a week earlier before their game against Detroit that the activity better be stopped.
More evidence will probably continue to be leaked to the media and different outlets as the weeks and months go by, but this is probably the closest thing we will get to the actual smoking gun for the activity. Some may try to argue that a lot of things said are common expressions used in NFL locker rooms, but Pamphilon’s account also tell us what he saw, which is the gesture that Williams made with his hand. But, more importantly, is the foundation that was already set by Williams with the transgressions the NFL already had investigated.
h/t Yahoo! Sports