Good morning Niners Nation, how are we all doing? I assume most of you, like me, are hungry for breaking developments from the 49er front office, but it's going to be a few days before we hear anything about Alex Smith and likely another week-plus before we hear reliable sources regarding any outside free agents. In the meantime, there has been a breaking news development in the NFL with the bounty program in New Orleans ran by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
According to league sources, Williams met with NFL officials in New York Monday regarding the despicable program that had a paper trail 50,000 pages long. The punishments to be handed out are believed to be pretty severe, going beyond Spygate where Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and the team lost a first round pick and an extra $250,000.
Personally, I believe for someone like Belichick or someone like Williams, attacking their finances is something that they can overcome. The real punishment should rightfully be a suspension, and I don't mean a few games like people like John Clayton and Adam Schefter have suggested. But for now, all we can do is wait --- but I've begun thinking beyond league punishments.
I'm starting to believe that these acts extend into violation of U.S. law, given the all the paperwork and malice involved. Yes, football is a violent sport but are most guys out for blood like Greg Williams had directed his guys to be? No. When I break down the information I've received from ESPN, Twitter and all the dot coms, I've come to understand that for the better part of a decade, Gregg Williams orchestrated premeditated acts of violence that go beyond league rules.
Just because it happened on the gridiron, it may get a pass. But wrongdoing in the work place shouldn't be ignored because the nature of where it occurred.
To put it in perspective, if someone on Wall Street had wrongfully and against company policy, come across some stock tips and used them to their advantage, not only would they be fired but they would be prosecuted. And say that same trader had been accused of it once before at another company and denied it, but lo and behold, a paper trail a mile long has surfaced that has him beat after he tried to hide out at yet another company.
From what I've heard, what Williams has done sounds an awful lot like conspiracy but I am not a qualified legal analyst by any stretch of the imagination. Hopefully Fooch could shed some light on the issue. This is just how I feel and I don't think it's unreasonable.
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