Wally Williams is a 6'2'', 320-pound former offensive lineman who played for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and New Orleans Saints during a ten-year NFL career. During that time he had problems with substance abuse, injuries, and domestic violence, but his wife Dewan Smith-Williams says the league discouraged her from seeking help.
Smith-Williams came forward this week to say that during an incident 2002 when her husband became violent, an NFL representative told her to not call the authorities, but took no action themselves. She says that when Williams was suspended from the Saints for drug use, the couple began arguing.
“He went and got a baseball bat and was hitting the walls and doors. I ran into a room, shut the door and called his NFL liaison to say I was really afraid,” she told the New York Daily News. "[The liaison] said, ‘Don’t call the police, we’ll handle it.’ They said I should let Wally leave and they’d call me back to check up on me. That never happened."