Gregg Williams Violates NFL Bounty Rules

Former Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was at the head of a NFL probe into the New Orleans Saints violating the NFL's "Bounty" rule. The NFL issued a press release Friday:

The investigation showed that the total amount of funds in the pool may have reached $50,000 or more at its height during the 2009 playoffs. The program paid players $1,500 for a "knockout" and $1,000 for a "cart-off" with payouts doubling or tripling during the playoffs.

The investigation included the review of approximately 18,000 documents totaling more than 50,000 pages, interviews of a wide range of individuals and the use of outside forensic experts to verify the authenticity of key documents.

Williams, now with the St. Louis Rams was with the Redskins from 2004 to 2007 and was thought to be the heirapparent to Joe Gibbs.

The bounty program was administered by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams with the knowledge of other defensive coaches. Funds were contributed on occasion by Williams.

So the first question that arises is... did this happen in DC? Also, can this extensive investigation trickle over to the Redskins?

The Saints along with Williams are, likely, set to face stiff penalties from the NFL.

Commissioner Goodell has advised the Saints that he will hold further proceedings to determine the discipline to be assessed against individuals and the club. This will include conferring with the NFL Players Association and individual player leaders regarding appropriate discipline and remedial steps.

The discipline could include fines and suspensions and, in light of the competitive nature of the violation, forfeiture of draft choices. Any discipline may be appealed as provided for in the Constitution and By-Laws and Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any appeal would be heard and decided by the commissioner.

Commissioner Goodell also advised the Saints that he is retaining jurisdiction and reserving his authority to impose further discipline if additional information comes to his attention.

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