Gregg Williams Meets With NFL Amid Bounty Probe, Washington Post Reports

The coach at the center of a program that paid bounties for injuring opponents met with National Football League officials yesterday, the Washington Post said, citing a person familiar with the case who requested anonymity.

Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the NFL, declined to confirm the meeting in an e-mail last night.

The league last week said that about two dozen New Orleans Saints players were paid to injure rivals during Gregg Williams’s 2009-11 stint as defensive coordinator.

Players received $1,500 for a “knockout,” in which an opponent was unable to return to the game, and $1,000 for a “cart-off,” in which rivals were carried off the field. Payments doubled or tripled during the playoffs.

“It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it,” Williams said last week in an e-mailed statement. “Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role.”

Williams, currently defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, was head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2001-03 and defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins in 2004-07, the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008 and Tennessee from 1997-2000.

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