In an outward showing of paternal instincts, Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams directed harsh words toward former New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in a statement Thursday.
The GM’s ire is in response to the release of audio in which Gregg Williams directed his players to target Kyle Williams -- Kenny’s son and a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers -- during a playoff game this past January. At the time of the recording, Kyle Williams was recovering from a concussion.
“Personally, suspension or not, it's probably best I'm never in a room with Gregg Williams and wonder if such an order crosses the line of the aggressive, competitive spirit we all know and love about the sport; and leans closer to a criminal act and therefore a litigious matter,” Kenny Williams said in a statement.
Kyle Williams was one of several players Gregg Williams instructed his players to target, saying, "We need to find out in the first two series of the game, that little wide receiver, No. 10 (Kyle Williams), about his concussion. We need to f------ put a lick on him right now. He needs to decide. He needs to f------ decide."
The recordings are the latest controversy surrounding Gregg Williams, who is suspended indefinitely by the league for his role in the Saints’ bounty program.
As for Kyle Williams’ response, his father doesn’t expect one.
“As you have seen, Kyle Williams is a man’s man and has shown himself more than capable of answering on his own behalf. He has definite feelings on the subject but has chosen to remain committed to providing all his answers to any questions on the field next season. Knowing this young man’s intestinal fortitude, I doubt anyone will get him to waver from his position.
After a relatively quiet rookie season for the 49ers in 2010, Kyle Williams was a contributor for San Francisco on both special teams and in the passing game, catching 20 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns, this past season. He notoriously muffed one punt and fumbled in San Francisco’s NFC Championship Game loss to the New York Giants.