NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell heard suspension appeals today from New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, assistant coach Joe Vitt, and general manager Mickey Loomis. All three were suspended because of a defensive bounty system.
Goodell made a clear action by upholding the suspensions. The NFL is continually working hard on improving player safety, as they need be.
Former Saints and current St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was suspended indefinitely, did not appeal. In a team meeting leading up to a game against the San Francisco 49ers, Williams’ vulgar pregame speech was recorded.
Notable quotes from the speech include:
“Kill the head and the body will die.”
“Little 32, we want to knock the [expletive] out of him.”
“The little wide receiver, No. 10… about his concussion. We need to [expletive] put a lock on him right now.”
“He becomes human when we [expletive] take out that outside ACL.”
“We don’t apologize.”
A transcript of the speech is viewable here.
“Little 32” refers to 5’7” running back Kendall Hunter, who was a rookie in 2011. “No. 10” is Kyle Williams.
Former NFL QB Kurt Warner said Williams deserves a second chance, but that is extremely outrageous for obvious reasons. Williams had a malicious intent and posed a serious concern to the short-term and long-term health of players.
Williams does not deserve a second chance in any way, shape, or form
Anyhow, none of the suspensions should have been reduced. It was a solid move by Goodell, a sent a message to the rest of the league.