If YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans thought they had heard the last of the infamous bounty programs, allegedly run by defense coordinator and assistant coach, Gregg Williams, they should think again. This time, however, the question is about the defense program at the Washington Redskins.
In Washington, DC, the Redskins are asking a judge to dismiss a former player’s lawsuit. In the suit, the player makes the accusation that the club ran a bounty system that rewarded players for injuring opponents.
Barret Green, the former player, claims he was singled out by Washington’s defense during a game in December of 2004. Green, then playing for the New York Giants, was hit, and the knee injury ended his career. Between the 2000 and 2005 NFL football betting seasons, Green played for the Giants and the Detroit Lions.
Green’s lawsuit is also against Robert Royal, the Washington player that took him out of the game.
The Redskins have dismissed Green’s claims, calling them ”utterly baseless.”
Even if Green’s accusations are true, the Redskins lawyers say the lawsuit is pre-empted by the NFL collective bargaining agreement, and the papers were filed too late. The legal team told a YouWager news source that the statute of limitations for this type claim is up to three years after the injury. Green said he was hit in 2004, they said, and he could have pursued the matter at the time.
Washington coaches and players told YouWager’s source in 2012 that Williams did offer players cash rewards for big hits, a direct violation of the National Football League rules. Williams was overseeing Washington’s defense from 2004 to 2007.
As YouWager’s serious NFL football bettors will remember, Williams was suspended, indefinitely, by the league last year, as the mastermind behind the bounty program at the New Orleans Saints. Williams was the defensive coordinator for the Saints from 2009 to 2011. The club won the Super Bowl in the 2009 NFL football betting season.
Williams is currently a senior defensive assistant coach with the Tennessee Titans. Williams began his NFL career with the Titans/Oilers franchise, coaching for NFL 11 seasons. Williams was also was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills for three seasons, and a defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars for one year.
According to YouWager’s source, Judge Peter J. Messitte, set a hearing in the case for September 24th, but he may possibly decide the case, based on the documents, before that date.