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Kenny Williams reacts to Saints audio recording

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Kenny Williams reacts to Saints audio recording

The audio recording of former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams telling his players to go after the San Francisco 49ers' heads has led to some interesting reactions around the sports world.

Kenny Williams, the general manager of the Chicago White Sox and father of 49ers wide receiverpunt returner Kyle Williams, had some choice words for the man who instructed his players to target his son. Here's what Kenny had to say about Gregg (in a statement):

To answer the questions directed specifically to me, as a father first and foremost, I am glad to report Kyles concussion tests have been extremely positive and we are grateful he is ready and anxious to get back to competition. Personally, suspension or not, its probably best Im never in a room with Gregg Williams and wonder if such an order crosses the lines of the aggressive, competitive spirit we all know and love about the sport and leans closer to a criminal act and therefore litigious matter.

And here's what Gregg told his team about Kyle before their divisional round playoff game against the 49ers that prompted Kenny's reaction:

We need to find out in the first two series of the game, that little wide receiver, No. 10, about his concussion. We need to fing put a lick on him right now. He needs to decide. He needs to fing decide.

After the audio recording of Gregg Williams went viral early Thursday, Kenny Williams wasn't the only one to speak out. 49ers safety Donte Whitner said the Saints' actions were "really disgusting" and Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin said he "almost threw up" when he heard the recording.

In January, 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco was told by NFL senior vice president of communications Greg Aiello that there was nothing suspicious about the New York Giants' hits on Kyle Williams in the NFC Championship game a week after the 49ers beat Gregg Williams' Saints.

After the loss to the Giants, Jacquian Williams told the team's official site that the players "knew he had four concussions, so that was our biggest thing, was to take him outta the game."
Rael Enteen is a web producer with CSNBayArea.com. Follow him on Twitter @RaelEnteenCSN.

49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve

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49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve

The 49ers signed LB Mark Nzeocha from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad to a one-year deal, the team announced.

In order to make room on the roster, the team has placed DL Tank Carradine on the Injured Reserve List.

Nzeocha (6-3, 240) was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the past two seasons (2015-16), he appeared in eight games and registered four tackles. He was waived by the Cowboys on September 3, 2017 and signed to the team’s practice squad on September 5.

A 27-year-old native of Ansbach, Bavaria in Germany, Nzeocha attended the University of Wyoming. He appeared in 39 games (26 starts) and finished his career with 207 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Nzeocha will wear number 46.

Carradine (6-4, 270) appeared in each of the team’s first three games this season (two starts), where he registered seven tackles and one sack.

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Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

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Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — President Donald Trump says his objection to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race."

Instead, Trump says it has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."

The president made these comments during an impromptu news conference as he boarded Air Force One to return to the nation's capital. Trump says "our soldiers, our first responders" should be treated with respect.

Trump said Friday at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

NFL players and owners around the league condemned his statement, and more than a hundred players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

But Trump reiterated Sunday NFL owners "should do something" about the protests.