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.

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Gerald Hodges is in search of a new team and he's looking at a division rival of the 49ers.

The unrestricted free agent is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Acquired in October of 2015 from Minnesota for a sixth-round pick, the four-year pro played in 25 games over the past two seasons with the 49ers.

In his time with San Francisco, the former fourth-round pick recorded three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

But he was not considered a fit for the new 49ers under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Hodges was deactivated for a game late in the season at Atlanta for breaking team rules. He did not offer an explanation or apology

The 49ers have signed three linebackers through two weeks of free agency: Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle and Dekoda Watson.

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

On the same day the FBI director announced members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are under investigation for colluding with Russia to influence the election, Trump turned his thoughts to Colin Kaepernick’s status as an NFL free agent.

And Jim Harbaugh, appearing on Pro Football Talk, suggested teams that are not showing interest in Kaepernick are making a mistake.

“I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player,” Harbaugh said Tuesday morning.

“He’ll have a great career and be a great quarterback, win championships.”

On Monday evening, during a rally in Kentucky, Trump made remarks about Kaepernick. In the lead-up to the November election, Kaepernick called Trump “openly racist” and said he would not vote for Hillary Clinton, either.

“And you know, your San Francisco quarterback? I’m sure nobody ever heard of him,” Trump said.

“There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that. I said if I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report reported an AFC general manager told him there were three reasons Kaepernick has not signed. Some believe, according to the anonymous source, that Kaepernick can no longer play at a high level. Others “genuinely hate him” for kneeling during the national anthem as part of his protest of racial inequality in America.

And, “some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him,” according to the report. “They think there might be protests or Trump will tweet about the team. I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.”

Kaepernick’s teammates voted him the winner of the Len Eshmont Award for courage and inspiration last season. It is historically the most prestigious award among 49ers players. But the 49ers have already signed veteran quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

General manager John Lynch acknowledged last week on KNBR the odds of the 49ers bringing back Kaepernick are slim.

“I think the likelihood of that happening has gone down significantly. But we’re not going to close our mind or out options on anyone, including him,” Lynch said.

Even though there has been no reported interest in Kaepernick from any team around the league, Lynch said Kaepernick nearly signed with a team earlier during the free-agent signing period.

“I don’t know what happened to that market,” Lynch said. “He was, in everyone’s mind in this league, very close to signing a deal with a team at a really good number. And it fell through, apparently.”