Gregg Williams gets permission to attend NFL games; why changed so sudden?


August 12, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams during the first half of a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

In a Twitter post almost twenty minutes ago, Adam Schefter tweeted that former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been given a major privilege regarding his indefinite suspension from the bounty investigations.

Schefter is reporting that Williams has been given permission to attend NFL games from the league, or more accurately NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  Schefter said that this is “something he is expected to do for the first time since his suspension today, when the Rams host the Seahawks.”

Part of the suspensions for Williams as well as Saints head coach Sean Payton, linebackers coach Joe Vitt, and general manger Mickey Loomis is that they are not allowed to have any contact with their respective clubs or to attend any games in the NFL.

Saints fans will likely go crazy with this announcement considering that they feel the suspensions were unfair to begin with.  Payton was allowed to attend the Saints preseason Hall of Fame induction ceremony in August, but not their game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Why the sudden change in the heart of Goodell in the matter is somewhat puzzling, conspiracy theorists will like jump on one factor that is not so far fetched or improbable.

Williams just recently signed a declaration stating that linebacker Jonathan Vilma did indeed offer a $10,000 bounty on former NFL quarterback Brett Farve.  Vilma claims that Williams was forced or “bullied” into signing the declaration by the league in order to be reinstated to continue coaching in the future.

While that is possible, this now could also be a concession given to Williams for his cooperation in helping the NFL maintain the “integrity” of the game.  While no details have been given yet on why he is being allowed to attend NFL games, the dots don’t seem to be that hard to connect.