Calls for former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to receive a lifetime ban from the NFL reached a fever pitch this week after audio surfaced of his now infamous "kill the head" speech prior to a January playoff game against the 49ers. One former NFL player, a target of the Saints' bounty program no less, says that Williams deserves a second chance.
Kurt Warner tweeted this message on Saturday:
All this talk about Gregg Williams receiving a "LIFETIME" ban from NFL... I disagree, we all deserve a 2nd chance! What r ur thoughts? #fb— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) April 7, 2012
When a follower noted that Williams had a second chance when the league warned the Saints, Warner stuck to his belief:
@Garylendsmoney A continuation of mistake... Guys that have gone 2 prison? Failed multiple drug test? Taped practices? All got 2nd chance!— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) April 7, 2012
Warner's stance on the matter is not a complete surprise. Like many players, Warner is open about his faith. Unlike many players who where that faith on their sleeve, Warner's actions have always been consistent with his beliefs.
Whether the NFL feels the same way is another matter entirely.