Hours before members of the New Orleans Saints’ coaching staff and front office werescheduled to have their appeals heard by the NFL regarding the team’s bounty scandal, an incriminating audio recording surfaced of former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams seemingly exhorting his players to injure opponents during a fiery pre-game speech.
Yahoo’s Michael Silver spoke with documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, who recorded the speech at the team’s hotel the night before the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. In Pamphilon’s recording, Williams can be heard instructing his players to injure several of the 49ers players, notably making explicit references to “taking out that outside ACL” of 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
Pamphilon informs Silver that Williams put a bounty on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith when he made the cash sign with his fingers and said, “We hit fuckin Smith right there, I got the first one. I got the first one. Go get it. Go lay that mother fucker out.”
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