Gregg Williams corroborates claim that Jonathan Vilma offered a $10k Favre bounty
As if the Saints bounty program scandal hasn’t already taken up enough limelight already this off-season.
At Monday’s appeal hearing regarding the bounty case, outside counsel for the NFL, Mary Jo White, said that three members of the Saints defensive coaching staff (including Gregg Williams) corroborated the claim that Jonathan Vilma offered a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre in the 2009 NFC title game:
“Mr. [Gregg] Williams and Mr. [Mike] Ornstein and another member of the Saints defensive coaching staff, all of whom were present at the meeting, all stated to NFL investigators that Mr. Vilma pledged $10,000 to any player who knocked Brett Favre out of the next week’s NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings. All three witnesses stated that the amount of this bounty was $10,000.”
Vilma is currently facing a one year suspension. However, the NFL did not allow Williams or the other members of the coaching staff to be the witnesses that testify, so as of now we’re all supposed to take the NFL’s word for it. Williams and Co. could easily just be cracking under pressure in an attempt to save their careers, whether or not Vilma actually put up the ten grand in question. So who is telling the truth? Only time will reveal.