NFL wife Dewan Smith-Williams says the league fumbled badly when she called them for help during a terrifying encounter with her hulking husband, who was raging mad and armed with a baseball bat.
Wally Williams, then an offensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints, was reeling from a drug suspension in 2002, and the couple was fighting over his substance abuse, she told the Daily News Monday.
“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 recalled in an exclusive interview.
“(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.”
Smith-Williams said she called the NFL in her moment of need because a couple of years earlier, she had a bad experience with the local police.
“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. They persuaded her not to file a report, she said.
Smith-Williams remains married to her husband, but they live in separate states. The mother of four said she left her husband and moved to Ohio to get her master’s degree in mental health nursing.