Former NFL Wife Says League Was No Help When Husband Became Violent, Fears Next DV Victim Will “End Up In A Body Bag”
The wife of former New Orleans Saints player Wally Williams, Dewan Smith-Williams, says the league offered little assistance when her husband became violent. In fact, she says she was advised not to call the police on him. The pair had been fighting after his 2002 drug suspension when he came after her with a baseball bat.
“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 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,” she said. “That never happened.”
Dewan adds that she actually called league reps instead of the police because she had a negative experience with officers in the past, which allegedly ended with officers persuading her not to press charges.
“It was after his neck surgery. Wally threw my phone and tried to choke me. I called the police, and they stood there chatting about football and who would be picked in the draft,” she alleged.
Dewan argues that the league and star-struck bystanders “turn their heads to everything until something horrible is exposed.”
“I’m afraid the next woman is going to end up in a body bag,” she said. “These men play a violent game and become stars based on their aggression on the field. And it can carry over,” she expressed.
Although she is still legally married, the former football wife currently lives in a different state from her husband. However, Dewan says that she certainly understands why Janay Rice decided to stay with now-suspended NFL star Ray Rice after he hit her.
“Right now she’s on an island. She feels she has to protect her family, the man she says she loves and her life as she knows it,” she said.
As for whether or not she believes that Ray should be reinstated, Dewan says yes, but only under the right conditions.
“My heart tells me, hell no, he does not deserve to play again. But I know there are two sides to every story, and we’ve all made poor choices in life and deserve a second chance,” she said.
NFL reps did not immediately respond to Dewan’s allegations.