The above audio was released just hours before New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, head coach Sean Payton, and assistant head coach Joe Vitt were to appear before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to appeal their suspensions for perceived involvement in Gregg William’s bounty program.
Williams speech was said to take place the night before the Saint playoff games against the 49ers, and clearly you can hear Williams singling out quarterback Alex Smith, running back Frank Gore, wide receiver Michael Crabtree, and tight end Vernon Davis.
Williams has already been suspended by the NFL indefinitely, and it seems his chances of getting back into the league get slimmer everyday. But the NFL could have already been aware of the audio,
Of course the timing of the release of this new evidence is beyond peculiar, and suddenly several conspiracy theories have emerged as fans and analysts await to hear the outcome of the appeals hopefully later this afternoon.
The first and most prominent theory is that the Saints approved the release of the audio themselves in an effort to showcase that Gregg Williams was acting alone and not under the direction of Sean Payton or Mickey Loomis.
Second is that film maker Sean Pamphilon, who recorded the original audio, found Williams actions that day to be extremely objectionable. But why wait until the day of the Saints appeals to release the audio?
Pamphilon also claims that Williams made a money gesture, rubbing his thumb over his fingers, just at the point where Williams says “The first one is one me” when referring to sacking quarterback Alex Smith.
Whether Williams actually made the gesture or not may never be known.
Just how it affects the outcome of today’s appeal is not known, but the general consensus is that audio file is extremely damaging to the Saint chances of getting the suspensions reduced — which was already considered to be a very small chance.
Stay tuned to Whodatdish.com as we continue to bring you breaking news about the Saints, and their appeals throughout the day.