After a lengthy investigation that began in 2010 the NFL has revealed that previous New Orleans Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams and numerous players during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons maintained what is now being called a "bounty" system where defensive players were rewarded in cash for deliberately attempting to hurt an opposition player during the game. Violating the NFL's "Bounty Rule". The rewards were scaled up in relation to how severe the hit was and whether or not the opposition player had to be taken off the field. A memo with the findings have since been distributed to the NFL teams and the NFL itself has not yet determined how the New Orleans Saints or Gregg Williams (now the Defensive Coordinator for the Saint Louis Rams) will be punished. Roger Goodell in the memo made the nature of the allegations clear, saying "The payments here are particularly troubling because they involved not just payments for 'performance,' but also for injuring opposing players." Gregg Williams has since released a statement, via his new team, apologizing for his role in the system. It has also been revealed by former Washington Redskins Defensive End Phillip Daniels that during Williams' time in Washington (2004-7) he ran a similar scheme. Whether or not the Redskins shall share punishment with the Saints remains to be seen. The NFLPA is reviewing the findings and is yet to issue a statement, regardless of how exactly the union treats the findings this revelation flies in the face of their previous insistence on player safety as a primary motivator during last year's collective bargaining agreements. How seriously should the NFL and owners take their views on player safety when their own members attempt to injure one another for a cash reward outside the rules of the game?