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Dewan Smith-Williams, wife of former New Orleans Saints’ offensive tackle Wally Williams, alleges that former Saints coach Jim Haslett and an attorney for the National Football League urged her not to go to the media about allegations of abuse from her husband in 2001.
Smith-Williams’s allegations are the centerpiece of a Washington Post story by Simone Sebastian and Ines Bebea, “For battered NFL wives, a message from the cops and the league: Keep quiet”
Smith-Williams, who is separated from Wally Williams, has been on various talk shows talking about alleged abuse from her husband, which consisted of pushing and grabbing during their 16-year marriage.
Smith-Williams says in the story that police officers appeared to help cover up the player’s abusive actions: ” ‘When the cops would come, they just said we needed some time apart, and they would talk to [Wally] about football…. ‘The police tell you, ‘You don’t want this in the news.’ I have things that happened in my life that there is no record of.’.”
Who are the 1-3 New Orleans Saints after their 38-17 loss at the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday?
Peter King of Sports Illustrated has a good idea, and he doesn’t hold back in his “Monday Morning Quarterback” column released on Monday.
Here is what King said:
“I think we vastly overestimated the Saints. Not only on defense—Rob Ryan’s unit isn’t even mediocre; it’s bad—but the offense is not nearly as reliable as a normal Drew Brees offense. The worrisome thing I saw Sunday night was the continuation of a trend that’s plagued the Saints often during the Payton years: They’re awful on the road. Since the start of the 2013 season, New Orleans is 9-0 at home and 4-9 away from the Superdome. The pass-rush isn’t there as it was late last year, and the Saints haven’t had consistent play in the back end around cornerback Keenan Lewis; plus, ace safety Kenny Vaccaro is still recovering from late December ankle surgery that ended his 2013 season. He doesn’t look the same. The Saints can rebound from 1-3, because there’s not a super team in the NFC South. But the ugliness of the first month won’t be easy to overcome.”
The good news for Saints fans is that King doesn’t completely write them off this season.
Still, it’s clear that the veteran NFL reporter doesn’t think Saints fans should be making Super Bowl reservations either.