Audio: Gregg Williams’ bounty speech (explicit language)

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

  • cycledan

    My contention is that it is a violent enough game and people will get injured. But when players set out to intentionally cheap shot and injure other players on an organized basis, that is way over the line. You are talking about ending players’ careers, maiming them and disabling them for life – and that is not part of the game or at least shouldn’t be.

    I think Goodell got it right by coming down so hard on the Saints. I am sure there were similar actions by coaches on other teams last year. I am pretty sure there won’t be this year.

  • marcomarco

    Any comparison to Spygate effectively dies with this audio clip.

  • Cprimo

    This a speech given by any defensive coordinator around the country on any given Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Don’t be shocked, I’m not because I played the game. The reference to money is the only negative thing about all of this. NFL players get ungodly amounts of money to play a violent sport, so what is $1000, strip club money to these guys! Was it wrong? Players go out and try their damnedest to take others out of a game mentally or physically every down. Intentional, no, but part of the game. Everyone needs to get of their high horse and accept the game of violence, or don’t watch, support, or buy the stuff that pays for it. Go give your money to a police officer, fireman, or ambulance medic, because they don’t play a game. It’s for real when they are involved. I love football and will always support my team.

  • Sportmentary

    This is thw evidence Aints fans wanted and they got it. To say that before you get out of the pile, you take a shot to the head of the player, that’s being a disgusting sissy!