OAN’s James Meyers
1:22 PM – Thursday, September 21, 2023
The Chicago Bears have denied that their team practice facility, Halas Hall, and former defensive coordinator Alan Williams’ home were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Williams said on Wednesday that he was stepping back to “take care of my health and family.”
Rumors started to spread via social media on Wednesday afternoon, claiming that Williams’ home and the practice facility of the NFL team were raided by the FBI.
“The rumors on social media are offensive and one hundred percent untrue,” said Andrew M. Stroth, Williams’ personal attorney, per NBC. “Coach Williams resigned (Wednesday) because of personal health challenges and personal family issues. There was no raid on Halas Hall, and no raid on his home.”
Brandon Faber, the vice president of communications for the Bears, confirmed to NBC that there was no raid.
The 53-year-old missed the team’s game last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with head coach Matt Eberflus saying before the game that Williams would be out for “personal reasons.”
Eberflus stepped into the role of calling the defense.
However, according to The Pat McAfee Show, they claimed that the FBI raid did happen at Williams’ house.
Additionally, Bears podcaster Bill Zimmerman posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday, saying: “The story I’m hearing around Alan Williams, if true, is shocking. I would not expect him to ever return to the Chicago Bears. It has nothing to do with his coaching performance.”
Chicago Bears Tribune reporter, Brad Biggs, also said it is a real possibility that the raid happened.
“Lot of speculation about the status of #Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams,” Biggs wrote. “I can tell you for the last 3 days we’ve been operating under the belief that his absence has not been related to health or a family matter.”
Meanwhile, Williams stepped away after only two games into his second season with the Bears.
He has over 30 years of coaching experience and the veteran defensive play caller reportedly intends to return to coaching after taking some time away, according to both Stroth and Williams’ resignation statement.
Stay informed! Receive breaking news blasts directly to your inbox for free. Subscribe here. https://www.oann.com/alerts