Tom Benson was diplomatic in his statement regarding the Saints’ bounty hunting. Gregg Williams was not, as the former Saints defensive coordinator was refreshingly candid, expressing regret and taking full responsibility.
Here’s his full statement (via the New Orleans Times Picayune):
“I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans for my participation in the ‘pay for performance’ program while I was with the Saints. It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again.”
There’s no dodging there, and no denial. Just guilt, and the admission of a mistake that spiraled to the point that Williams–the coaching leader on the defensive sideline–couldn’t even control it.