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Time now is 1124 hours. Today's date is September 10th, 2008. My name is Detective Terry Jones, my code number's #6354. This interview is of Mr. Briante Williams. It's regarding File #08-197 and we are currently at PRP High School, 5601 Greenwood Road.
Jones Williams Jones Williams
Mr. uh, Williams, can you identify yourself? Uh, yes, sir. Briante Williams, uh, birthday . And... Address? ...which is July 16th, and my address is 4616 Greenwood Road. Phone number, which is my nu...father's number. Okay. Okay...Sir, this statement is being taperecorded. Does it meet with your approval? Yes. I'm taking this statement in reference to the events on August 20th, 2008, that occurred during the PRP football practice. Please describe the events of August 20th, 2008, from beginning to the end of practice.
Jones Williams Jones
Page 2 of 9 Statement: Briante Williams / Case #08197(e) September 10, 2008
From the beginning of practice, we come out and soon as we get on to the practice field, uhm, the water (inaudible) so you can feel free to water yourself down, right before we start practice, lot of us are sittin' under the shade tree. And until everyone gets out, I'm at the locker-room, once in the field ready to get practice goin', under the shade tree until they blow the whistle and call us under to meet under the goal post. And then we break down and we get in to our lines, which consist of stretching and uh, light...light jogs, just to stride and stretch your legs out...lunges and other exercises and such, and uh, after we're done stretching, uhm, we get out in to far broader line, striding, stretching it out all the way down the field and we continue to stretch some more to make sure we're very stretched out. Get ready for that. And then afterwards, we go on the water break, to water down before we actually kick things off and get in to uhm, our practicing of running and technique and the major movement that really gets you going. So after we're done watering down, after our stretches, we turn back on to the field and we go to what we call team take-off. The defense goes on one side, offense goes on the other side, and we go through our drills, uhm, running our plays. And then after that, which was about uh, ten, ten-minute period, we go back over there to the uhm, to the water fountains and we water ourselves down again, to stay hydrated, and then repeatedly the same thing back to the practice field, and we go to our position coaches, which is called individuals, that uhm, you go to the coach at the part of the field that is for your specific position-wise, that you practice on, and uhm,
Page 3 of 9 Statement: Briante Williams / Case #08197(e) September 10, 2008
the linemen were one coach, defensive guys with uh, the defensive coach, and the offenses guys with the offensive coach, which is Coach Stinson himself, and uh, we practice on our techniques in our separate positions. Uhm, that's directly for us, that fits our, our positionwise or our job, or what we have to do on the field. And then after that, which is about 15, 20 minutes that we do that, he sends us over there to uh, get water, we come back and we maintain to do the same thing for about another 15 to 20 minutes, and then we go get watered down again before we do our seven on seven drill, which consists of everybody except the linemen, which is the defensive and the offense up against each other. But uh, no contact, just, just touch, running through plays, motion. And uhm, after we do that for about uh, for about 20 minutes, he continues to uh, send us back over to the water to water ourselves down to continue to stay hydrated. And afterwards we come back and we go in to what we call is our base period, where it's 11 on 11...11 defensive guys, 11 offensive guys...no full contact, just wrapping up...not take 'em to the ground or anything like that, but still running our plays, and we do that, we have our first group go up and they go in and they do that for about ten, about ten minutes...ten or 15 minutes...and then he calls in our second group. And while the second group is rotating in, the ones, which is the first group, is free to go over to the water fountain and hydrate themselves...while the second group is in. And vice-versa. When the first group is called back in, the second group is obligated to do the same thing. Jones I see. Okay. And is that the extent of the
Page 4 of 9 Statement: Briante Williams / Case #08197(e) September 10, 2008
practice? Uh, the daily practices? Or the prac...the practice that occurred that day? Williams Jones Uh, daily practices….. on a regular.. Okay. And, and on that...on, on the uh, 20th uh, after receiving your last water break, what time was that? Uh, no specific time 'cause uh, players, we don't have the, the time on the field, just the coaches' watches, I do not know the time. Okay. So after receiving...if you can recall your last water break, what did you, what kind of training took place after that? Conditioning, which is our uhm, sprints, for us to stay in shape, as far as on the field-wise, and uhm, after our base period, which was what I was just talking about, we do, we water ourselves down...everybody gets to go over to the water one time, and then after we water ourselves down real good we all come over to the practice field on the sideline to get ready to go in uh, what we call is our gassers... ...Um-hmm... ...our sprints and our conditioning, which is our running. So... Okay. ...we do that for that day...that day, that particular day, we did that for about 30 to 35 minutes...
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Page 5 of 9 Statement: Briante Williams / Case #08197(e) September 10, 2008
Okay. ...about 35 minutes, that we conditioned that day and uhm, after we got done with our conditioning process, we went back and watered ourselves down after practice, like we always do... ...Okay... ...we feel free to do that, to try addressing that. Okay. Uh, I've got a few questions to ask of you. Uh, how are water breaks given? Individually or as a team? Uh, as a team. Uh, individual groups... ...Okay... ...but not as individual, not individually as players. Okay. Individually as the group that you're in (inaudible) groups... ...As you describe the groups that are broke down. Yes. Yes... ...from the team. Okay. On august 20th, 2008, how many water breaks did you take? Took about five or six water breaks.
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Page 6 of 9 Statement: Briante Williams / Case #08197(e) September 10, 2008
Okay. Af...after the last water break, what did the practice consist of? After the last water break it consist of conditioning and then you can feel free, which, after conditioning, the practice is over with and you can go, feel free to get water afterwards. And were you uh, the conditioning you describe is running the sprints, or the gassers? ...Yes. Okay. Uh, why was the team running uh, sprints? To stay conditioned. Okay. And in shape. How many sprints did your group run? Altogether we ran about 10 to 12 sprints. Okay. And what group were you in? Uh, the smaller, smaller size players, which are, we have two groups...we have the smaller guys, which are everybody that plays a certain position besides the linemens and the bigger guys are for the more heavier set... Okay. Bigger, taller guys. All the big guys.
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Page 7 of 9 Statement: Briante Williams / Case #08197(e) September 10, 2008
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How many sprints did you run before taking off your gear? About six gassers...five to six gassers before we took off our gear. Okay. And after, how many did you run after taking off your gear? Two or three gassers after taking off our gear. Okay. And that's helmet and shoulder pads? Helmet and shoulder pads. Okay. 'Cause you did a sequence...helmet... Shoulder pads came off first, then we ran uh, ran with our just helmets and pants on and our cleats and then after uhm, that, after that gasser, or two of those, we take everything off, and we just have on our pants and our cleats. So (inaudible)... So, and bear-chested. Yeah, bear-chested. Okay. Sometimes bear-chested. How long, how long do you think the team was running sprints? About 30 to 35 minutes. Okay. Did you or any of your teammates ask
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Page 8 of 9 Statement: Briante Williams / Case #08197(e) September 10, 2008
for water breaks or try to get water during the running of the sprints? Williams Jones Williams Yes. Some did, some few did. Okay. And those were who? Uh, Brendon Dunn, David Englert, then uh, Chris, which we call uh, "Stick". I don't know his last name, but "Stick" is what we call him, that's his nickname on the football team. Okay. Did you or any of your teammates become ill during the running of sprints? Uhm, no, just Antonio Calloway and Max Gilpin, the two that were, the fell down that day, that were, received hospital treatment. And both of which were doing the end of the sprints drills or... ...End of the sprint drills. Okay. During any practice this year have you personally seen or heard of any teammates being injured or quitting the team? Uh, no. Have anyone influenced you in any way to withhold information or change any of the facts that actually occurred during the, the practice? No, sir. Is this statement truthful?
Jones Williams Jones
Page 9 of 9 Statement: Briante Williams / Case #08197(e) September 10, 2008
Williams Jones Williams Jones
Yes. Do you have anything else to add? No. Okay. With no further questions for uh, Mr. Williams, we will conclude the tape. Time now is 1134 hours.
END OF STATEMENT File #08197ejones-ks