Ex-Saints coach caught on tape instructing players to injure opponents

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  April 5, 2012 09:28 AM

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A documentary filmmaker has released excerpts of recordings he made of former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams instructing players to try to injure opponents.

A Yahoo! Sports report exposed the new evidence about the depth of the Saints' bounty scandal. In the recording, reportedly made before the Saints' playoff game vs. the 49ers, a person identified as Williams delivers a speech in which players are told to target 49ers players, including running back Frank Gore, quarterback Alex Smith and receiver Michael Crabtree.

“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," Williams can be heard saying.

You can listen to the audio on the web site of Sean Pamphilon, the filmmaker who recorded it, or on YouTube. WARNING: The audio includes countless profanities and is definitely NSFW. According to Yahoo, Pamphilon had access to the Saints activities during the 2011 season to facilitate a film he is making.

Williams has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL. Saints coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant coach Joe Vitt are scheduled to have appeals of their penalties in the Bountygate scandal heard on Thursday.

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