BUFFALO, N. Y. (WKBW) – Some are referring to it as “Bounty Gate”. It’s a system adopted by Coach Gregg Williams that rewards players for certain actions on the field. Williams allegedly used this technique when he was with the Bills back in 2001-2003.
A two year investigation by the NFL show that Williams offered financial compensation for big defensive plays including sacks, interceptions and knocking the other players out of the game which is illegal.
Many team members say with safety and health currently being such a big issue in the NFL, something has to be done to stop this type of behavior. They also worry that young fans may be getting the wrong idea of how football is played.
“He was one of my favorite coaches of all time. He still is to this day. He's a great motivator and leader. Did he get carried away? Yes. He was wrong and he admits to that now and all the players that bought into that philosophy of maliciousness were at fault, too. Now, that we know all that goes on with brain trauma it pertinent that we put an end to this type of behavior,” Former Bills Defensive Back Coy Wire said.
Williams made a statement about the issue.
“I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again,” Williams said.
Bills CEO Russ Brandon released a statement to the Buffalo News denying knowledge of the alleged “Bounty” program during Williams’ tenure with the team. He said that type of activity would not be tolerated.
Williams is expected to meet with NFL officials as early as Monday to discuss the issue.