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ESPN podcast host Pat McAfee has said sources told him the home of Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams has been raided by the FBI.
Williams resigned suddenly Wednesday for personal reasons, saying he was taking time to focus on his family.
Rumors surfaced yesterday that Halas Hall – the team’s headquarters – had been raided by the FBI and that the raid involved former Bears player and current FBI agent Charles “Peanut” Tillman.
While rumors of the Halas Hall raid and Tillman’s involvement were dispelled by NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, McAfee said he was told the FBI had raided Williams’ home.
“There has been speculation and (Williams’) attorney has come out and said no crime occurred and has answered those questions unequivocally by saying, ‘Nothing has gone wrong with my potential client,'” McAfee said. “But every time you hear about an FBI raid, you assume that (if) there’s smoke, there’s a fire.”
Pat McAfee claims his sources told him the FBI did indeed raid Alan Williams’ home
Williams, a former coach with the Chicago Bears, unexpectedly resigned on Wednesday
McAfee continued, saying, “We will say — I mean we’ve been indicted on a lot of things — but our sources have told us there was an FBI raid on (Williams’) home.
And I think as soon as you hear that, everyone immediately thinks, “What have you heard about houses that have been raided by the FBI before?”
He added, “Nevertheless, he quickly resigned from the Chicago Bears. He was removed and all the conversation around him was very distant.”
McAfee continued: “I would like to say that as someone who played on a team where Alan Williams was coach, I could never have expected what some of these results from him could be. But I don’t think anyone would ever expect that from someone who is successful and might get caught up in a situation where their house is raided by the FBI.”
Williams’ attorney, Andrew M. Stroth, told NBC: ‘The social media rumors are offensive and 100 percent untrue… Coach Williams resigned (Wednesday) due to personal health and personal family issues. There was no raid on Halas Hall, nor his home.”
Williams was the defensive backs coach for the Indianapolis Colts from 2002 to 2011, during which McAfee was the Colts’ punter.
Kyle Van Noy, a guest on the Pat McAfee Show, was with the Detroit Lions at the same time Williams was also that team’s DB coach.
‘I’m in the same boat as you. I didn’t expect something like this to come out either,” Van Noy said.
Ex-Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, whose time in Indianapolis fell just after Williams’ first stint and just before his second stint with the team, echoed a similar sentiment.
NFL veteran Kyle Van Noy (L) and ex-Colts coach Chuck Pagano (R) were shocked by the news
“Good coach, great reputation,” Pagano said.
Williams retired as a defensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001 before first coming to Indianapolis in 2002.
After serving there for nine seasons, he became defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings in 2012. He was there for two seasons.
From there, he was in Detroit from 2014 to 2017 before rejoining the Colts from 2018 to 2021.
The Bears hired Williams as their defensive coordinator under head coach Matt Eberflus in 2022.