NFL notebook: Williams apologizes for Saints’ bounty scandal
BY Associated Press
Friday, February 08, 2013
2/08/13 at 5:55 AM
Gregg Williams thanked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstating him and apologized, taking "full responsibility" for his role in the New Orleans' bounty scandal.
The NFL reinstated Williams on Thursday morning, and the Tennessee Titans hired him as a senior defensive assistant.
"I take full responsibility and apologize for my previous actions, and I've used this year to reorganize my life and put focus on positive energy," Williams said, reading from a statement.
The league issued a statement saying that Goodell cited several reasons for reinstating Williams, including Williams accepting responsibility for his role in the bounty program, his commitment to never be involved in any pay-for-performance system and pledging to teach safe play and respect for the rules.
Williams, suspended indefinitely last March, is the last person involved in the scandal to be reinstated by league. New Orleans coach Sean Payton had his suspension lifted Jan. 22.
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