Via The United States of Football comes the video below, which features audio of Gregg Williams’ rather disturbing pregame speech before the New Orleans Saints playoff game last year against the San Francisco 49ers.
The audio was recorded by Sean Pamphilon, who is working on a documentary about Steve Gleason. Pamphilon was understandably disturbed by the audio and passed it along to Michael Silver of Yahoo, who wrote about it today.
This should go without saying, but the language is VERY NSFW, so be careful where you listen. I’ve posted a few excerpts below in case you can’t listen.
From Silver’s article:
“We’ve got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore’s head,” Williams told the players. “We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways.”
Then, referencing backup halfback Kendall Hunter, Williams continued: “Little 32, we want to knock the [expletive] out of him. He has no idea what he’s in for. When he’s on the sideline, we’ve gotta turn that [expletive] over, turn their coaches over, turn the spectators over. Go and get that [expletive] on the sidelines.”
“We need to find out in the first two series of the game, the little wide receiver, No. 10, about his concussion,” Williams said to the Saints’ defenders. “We need to [expletive] put a lick on him, move him to decide. He needs to decide.”
Then Williams continued that theme in reference to Crabtree, the 10th overall pick of the 2009 NFL draft: “We need to decide whether Crabtree wants to be a fake-ass prima donna or he wants to be a tough guy. We need to find that out, and he becomes human when you [expletive] take out that outside ACL.”
Read the entire piece by Silver as he recounts how Pamphilon describes the scene and how disturbed he was by it. It’s rather chilling.
All I will add is…Gregg Williams, you are one sick and twisted dude.
I realize football is a brutal sport and by its nature can breed personalities like this; but my goodness is this over the line and unnecessary. And don’t tell me it’s just football. I grew up in football locker rooms. Some really questionable stuff goes on in there. But not this.
This is barely above barbarism. It’s malevolence and malice towards one’s fellow man. Even in football, that’s uncalled for.
Williams, currently on an indefinite suspension, should probably polish his non-football resume. I don’t think he’ll be coaching anywhere other than as a nondescript assistant at a small college or high school. Not with this out there.
Thank goodness baseball is back today since college basketball just ended. I need a non-NFL sport to focus my attention on. The NFL is really turning off this offseason.