BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Did the Buffalo Bills put out "bounties" during games when Gregg Williams was the head coach?
Fans are describing it with words like, "disgusting," "ridiculous," and "just plain wrong." Former Head Coach Gregg Williams has apologized, for offering his players cash rewards, to knock opponents out of games.
Williams is being accused of paying his players, for injuring opponents. The National Football League announced on Friday that it has been investigating Williams for two years.
According to the NFL, Williams organized an "bounty" system, giving his defensive players extra money for interceptions, sacks and serious hits that left opponents unable to play.
Harvey Barnes, of Buffalo, said, It's kind of just disgusting. It's making this game, which is a violent game, but it's turning it into a barbaric kind of sport. It's just not good."
Buffalo resident Chris Hammond said, "These players have families; they have kids. A shot to the head or the neck could paralyze a person. It could be tragic for not only that person, but their family."
Williams was working as a defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints at the time of the league's investigation.
The Buffalo News quotes four former Bills as saying Williams also promoted illegal hits during his time as Buffalo's head coach.
Bills CEO Russ Brandon said Friday was the first the front office had heard of Williams' alleged wrongdoings.
Barnes said, "Ever since I've known the Bills and been a fan, basically my whole life, it's been a very classy organization. So it would be kind of disappointing to find out that that would be happening here."
Williams apologized Friday, telling the Associated Press, "It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again."
Thus far, the NFL has not disciplined Williams or the Saints organization. However, Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to come down on them, hard.
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