Football for me has always been a kind of faith. But now the audio of former New Orleans Saints defensive coach Gregg Williams instructing his team to injure players is testing that faith. As a lifelong NFL fan, I need to know that I’m not financing cruel blood sport.
The audio recordings – of former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams urging his players to injure opposing players – were made public without Steve Gleason's permission. Gleason, a former Saints player who's the subject of a documentary film project, says the filmmaker released audio without consulting him.
The NFL penalties against the New Orleans Saints football team for purposely injuring other players may not be enough to curb the game's excessive violence – or those fans who enjoy it.