Thursday, April 05, 2012

Focus should be on the substance of Gregg Williams audio, not how it was acquired

The audio of former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams urging his team to hunt and hurt players on the San Francisco 49ers is shocking, even knowing what we already knew about the Saints' so-called bounty system.
Putting the focus on injurying somebody's brain, especially at a time when it has been so well-documented how the lives of NFL players, past and present, have been severely hindered by brain trauma, is deplorable. So is everything else about Williams' rant.
What I don't understand is why there is so much emphasis on how the audio was acquired, and why that is bothering people.
If NFL coaches are talking like that behind closed doors, I'm glad somebody had the guts to release something like this audio so it can stop. Players who are outraged by this violation of the locker room are missing the point. They are the victims of people like Gregg Williams, not those who have brought this issue to light.


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