Our story: Former New Orleans Saints and current St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been in the news recently for allegedly running a variation of a bounty system with the Saints. Players were believed to be paid various sums of money for knocking opposing players out of the game. Williams apologized, saying it was “wrong,” before it was found that New Orleans wasn’t the first place Williams helped fund and coordinate a bounty system. A similar system allegedly also took place in Buffalo and Washington when Williams was coaching there. Williams has been called to the NFL’s offices in New York to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell, and he (and the Saints, and whomever else) face potentially serious repercussions.
Our song: These allegations against Williams go back a number of years, so we had to also. From the Def Jam Music Group circa 1995, it’s “Mama said knock you out” by LL Cool J, back when LL Cool J put on a hood and spit rhymes into a Nady PCM-200 Classic mic instead of spending his days shirtless and hosting awards shows.
Key lyric: “Me to the rest that’ll all get sliced and diced, competition’s payin the price, [chorus] I’m gonna knock you out, Mama said knock you out.”