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More proof of criminal intent.

Post by rodevos1 on Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:09 pm


The Saints reportedly put a price on Brett Favre's head in the 2009 NFC title game.

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Gregg Williams never coaches again in the NFL. That has to be the
first consequence of the nauseating bounty system he oversaw in New Orleans
-- and apparently with the Bills and Redskins too -- but not the
last. Nor should that be the greatest concern today of Williams or
his supporters, assuming he has any.
After being
barred for life from the NFL -- I mean, don't even let him into
the stadium as a fan -- Williams should spend the next several
years worrying about criminal charges. Jail? Sure. Until the statute of
limitations expires, Williams should spend the next several years
worrying about jail.
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Because what he did was more than unacceptable, worse than unethical.
What he did was criminal. Suspect lol!
Those were crimes his players committed at his behest, and there's
no room here for debate. Not according to a retired judge of
nearly 15 years who was a criminal defense attorney for more than a
decade before that, and a law professor specializing in criminal
law for a decade before that.
"No might be
about it," the retired judge told me Sunday, when I called him to
ask if Gregg Williams' bounty system "might be" criminal.
"There's no question, this was criminal. If a player was hurt, and
he was hurt by players playing outside the rules -- with intent to
injure, and 'intent' is the key word here -- that makes it a battery.
No one in the NFL consents to being hit in such a way that is
intended to injure them. This was criminal."

The retired judge? My father, Robert Doyel. But Gregg Williams has more
to worry about than me and my father saying harsh things about
him. Gregg Williams should worry about Martha Holton Dimick and
Leon A. Cannizzaro, the district attorneys of Minneapolis and New
Orleans -- the people who could, if they so choose, pursue a
criminal case against him.
According to study the vicinage clause of the Sixth Amendment,
"the accused shall enjoy the right to a [trial by jury] of the
State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed."
Williams' crimes were committed in football stadiums throughout
the NFL, which means the vicinage clause would allow district
attorneys around the country to pin their ears back, in meathead
football parlance, and try to get to Gregg Williams.

I'm thinking there's a 99.8 percent chance that Gregg Williams won't
face legal charges, but it's that 0.2 percent that should keep him
up at night. "Vicinage" is a word I want Williams to ponder for
the next several years. Dimick and Cannizzaro? Those are the names
I want him to mutter when he tries to sleep. But those aren't the
faces I want him to see. I want him to see Brett Favre,
because Williams' bounty system helped chase one of the best
quarterbacks in NFL history into retirement. You can argue Favre
should have retired anyway at age 41, but that's another matter.
Right or wrong, Favre couldn't walk away -- didn't walk away --
until he could barely walk away thanks to the brutal pounding the
Saints administered. Sleep
Favre didn't retire until a
year later, but the beating he took in that game reduced him to a
shell of himself for his final, injury-shortened season. It was so
brutal, so unusual even in the context of professional football,
that it dominated conversation for days and remained a topic of
discussion for months. The following August -- more than a year
before news broke of Gregg Williams' bounty system -- CBSSports.com's
Clark Judge visited the Vikings' training camp and posed the question to coach Brad Childress:
Do you think they tried to hurt Favre?
"Yes drunken ," Childress said. "As I look through 13 different clips lol! ... I
just know they orchestrated some things that weren't within our
rules." Suspect
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson
told Judge the same thing in August 2010: "They definitely tried
to hurt [Favre]," Peterson said. "They definitely went out of
their way."
A little more than a year later, they
tried to hurt Peterson, too. That was in December 2011, when
Peterson said Saints safety Jabari Greer
twisted his previously injured ankle at the bottom of a pile. At
the time, Peterson's complaints seemed more silly than shocking.
Greer twisted his ankle? Who does that sort of thing, Curley from
the Three Stooges? But after news broke last week of the $50,000
bounty pool in New Orleans -- with players receiving extra money for
knocking opposing stars out of the game -- Peterson's complaints from
December look prescient. Ominous.
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe
took to Twitter last week to say, "You're talking about paying
someone to intentionally injure someone else. They put people in
jail for that."
Yes, they do. But I'm not sure the
players should be held accountable by the law. By the league? Oh
heavens, yes. Any player found guilty of participating in Gregg
Williams' bounty scheme should be suspended for months, possibly
the entire 2012 season.
Not to be maudlin about it,
but this stuff is literally life and death. Don't tell me it's
not, not when middle-aged former players are dying from
football-caused dementia or committing suicide, as Dave Duerson and
Andre Waters did, to avoid that fate. Given the lifelong destruction
involved, it's monstrous that a coach would oversee -- and players
would participate in -- a bounty system designed not just to win a
game, but to destroy an opponent. They destroyed Favre on Jan.
24, 2010. They destroyed Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner one
week earlier. huh??? scratch study Wrong,...the Saints played the Colts in the SB. king
And think about the vicious, neck-wrenching hit in 2006 by the Washington Redskins -- Washington's defensive coordinator in 2006: Gregg Williams -- that tore off Peyton Manning's helmet, injured his neck and could well have been the catalyst for the career-threatening issue that cost him the 2011 season.
If the NFL determines Manning was the victim in 2006 of a
bounty-collecting hit, a massive suspension should be administered to
the players who did it. As for Gregg Williams, the mastermind not
just of NFL defenses -- but of something much more nefarious?
It's like what Chris Kluwe said:
They put people in jail for that. cheers
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