New Orleans

5:20am

Sat April 7, 2012
Sports

Pregame Speech Reignites NFL Bounty Scandal

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is Weekend Edition from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

The bounty scandal of the National Football League got even worse this week. A documentary filmmaker released audio of New Orleans Saint's former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams giving a locker room speech to his players before a game against the San Francisco 49ers and commanding them to inflict specific disabling injuries on their opponents, including running back Frank Gore.

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11:55am

Thu April 5, 2012
The Two-Way

'Kill The Head, The Body Will Die,' NFL's Gregg Williams Heard Telling Players

Gregg Williams, then a coach with the New Orleans Saints, in August 2011.
Bill Haber AP

Former New Orleans Saints defensive coach Gregg Williams is heard telling his players to target specific opponents and he goes so far as to mention the types of injuries those opponents might be vulnerable to in an audio recording posted online by a documentary filmmaker.

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5:29pm

Wed April 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Long Prison Terms For Former Police Officers In Katrina-Related Shootings

A federal judge has handed down lengthy sentences for several former New Orleans police officers for their roles in the shooting deaths of two people and the wounding of four others in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in September, 2005.

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11:05am

Mon April 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Clang! Three Reasons Why Many Shots May Miss Tonight

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 12:52 pm

Anthony Davis of Kentucky during Saturday's victory over Louisville.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition'

Two "powerhouse" programs — Kansas and Kentucky.

Rosters full of potential NBA stars.

All the hype you would expect from an NCAA men's basketball championship.

But, alas, don't be surprised if there aren't as many "silky smooth jumpers" and other great shots as you might expect during tonight's big game, NPR's Mike Pesca reports.

Three things are working against the teams:

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11:05am

Wed March 21, 2012
The Two-Way

NFL Slams Saints Over Bountygate; Coach Suspended For 2012 Season

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 12:03 pm

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, and then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in August 2010.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been "suspended for one season without pay for his involvement in the team's bounty program," NFL.com reports.

The team's former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, "has been suspended indefinitely." He ran the program that paid players bounties for hits that knocked opponents out of games. Williams left the Saints after last season to join the St. Louis Rams.

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