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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Gregg Williams apologizes -- again

By Pat Yasinskas

Gregg Williams, the man at the heart of the New Orleans Saints bounty program, has apologized a second time for his involvement.

The NFL said Williams, the former defensive coordinator for the Saints, orchestrated a bounty program that rewarded players for injuring opponents over the course of three seasons. Williams has been suspended indefinitely and the league said his status will be reviewed after a year.

Williams left the Saints soon after last season ended. He immediately joined Jeff Fisher’s staff in St. Louis as defensive coordinator.

In his statement, Williams said he hopes to return to coaching in the future. Here’s Williams’ statement:

"I'd like to again apologize wholeheartedly to the NFL, Coach Fisher, the entire Rams organization and all football fans for my actions. Furthermore, I apologize to the players of the NFL for my involvement as it is not a true reflection of my values as a father or coach, nor is it reflective of the great respect I have for this game and its core principle of sportsmanship. I accept full responsibility for my actions. I highly value the 23 years that I've spent in the NFL. I will continue to cooperate fully with the league and its investigation and I will focus my energies on serving as an advocate for both player safety and sportsmanship. I will do everything possible to re-earn the respect of my colleagues, the NFL and its players in hopes of returning to coaching in the future."