Recording Bares Saints' Brutal 'Bounty' Program

Gregg Williams heard referring to torn ACLs, head injuries

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 6, 2012 9:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – In a newly released recording in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams can be heard telling his players to go after the San Francisco 49ers prior to a Jan. 13 playoff game this year. Though Williams is not pictured, documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon—who recorded and released the audio—claims that at one point, Williams rubbed his fingers together as a signal implying that Saints players would be paid for injuring 49ers, noting that the "first one" is on him.

The most-definitely-NSFW clip features a cursing Williams telling players, among other things:

  • "He becomes human when we f--king take out that outside ACL," a reference to 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.
  • He urges players to "clip (tight end) Vernon Davis' ankles over the pile" and deliver a shot to quarterback Alex Smith, signaling a hit under his chin. "Go lay that motherf--ker out," he says.
  • "Go and get that motherf--ker on the sidelines," a reference to Kendall Hunter. "Little 32, we want to knock the f--k out of him."
  • "Kill the head and the body will die." This line, repeated many times, is likely just tough motivational talk, USA Today notes. But other references to the heads of 49ers players do appear to refer to head injuries, and in one section he notes that Kyle Williams could be vulnerable due to a recent concussion.
The recording could complicate things for head coach Sean Payton, the Los Angeles Times notes; he is currently appealing his suspension over the scandal. Yahoo! Sports first reported the recording, and a full 12-minute version is available on The United States of Football. Click for some reactions to Williams' tirade.

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of the New Orleans Saints looks on prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of the New Orleans Saints looks on prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.   (Getty Images)
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NOT SAFE FOR WORK: According to The United States of Football, this is Gregg WIlliams speaking at a New Orleans Saints defensive meeting January 13, 2012. TheUSOF.com has the entire 12-minute recording.   (SeanPamphilon)

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