Personally, suspension or not, it's probably best I'm never in a room with Gregg Williams and wonder if such an order crosses the line of the aggressive, competitive spirit we all know and love about the sport; and leans closer to a criminal act and therefore a litigious matter…Ken Williams, father of son Kyle Williams. Gregg Williams was taped asking his players to "put a lick" on Kyle Williams to determine if the 49er had lingering effects of a concussion.
Was Gregg Williams fired from the New Orleans Saints or did he leave for a new job with the St. Louis Rams?
Sports Illustrated reported this regarding David Cornwell statement. Cornwell represents Saint suspended coach Joe Vitt’s attorney :
Cornwell said Payton viewed Williams' comments on the recording as "a rogue coach about to get fired."
"He was fired two days later," said Cornwell, the executive director of the NFL Coaches Association. "He was on the way out."
But when Williams left New Orleans for the Rams in January, nobody with the Saints characterized it as a firing. At the time, Payton said it was apparent shortly before the season ended that Williams, with his contract expiring, was likely going to join new St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher, an old friend. The Saints and Williams never discussed an extension, Payton said then.
Then, this from Fox 8, WVUE TV in New Orleans. A memo from the NFL players union indicating the NFL has not been cooperative.
“ FOX 8 has obtained a document from the NFL Players Association, outlining its meeting with top NFL brass about the bounty scandal. The group says the NFL basically is refusing to give them any information.
The document was obtained as the Saints brass presented their appeal to Commissioner Roger Goodell in the bounty scandal case Thursday. Head coach Sean Payton, assistant coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis looked to have their unprecedented sanctions reduced.
The document says, in part, "When repeatedly pressed by the NFLPA for specific evidence linking their allegations to specific players, the NFL stated ‘the focus is not on whether any particular guy had intent, but whether a guy participated in the performance program enthusiastically.'"
It also said, "The NFLPA left the meeting with profound concerns about the manner in which the NFL's investigation was conducted," and that Association officials had "more questions than answers."
If the players union is at odds with the NFL over this issue, you can expect quite a bit of litigation resulting as New Orleans Saints players would begin to question whether they have sufficient due process once the NFL begins to sanction some of the Saints players.