49ers running back Frank Gore said he has no issues with Jonathan Vilma or Gregg Williams and the bounty scandal. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore says he has no problem with former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams mentioning him in the now infamous audiotape before the 49ers-Saints playoff matchup in January. In fact, he thinks it is a sign of respect. Williams' part in the bounty episode got him suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
"We've got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore's head," Williams said on the tape. "We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways."
"When you hear another team call your name, that means respect," Gore said to the Sacramento Bee. "That's a lot of respect, and you're doing something right for your team. So it don't bother me at all."
Gore said he also didn't have an issue with former high school and college teammate Jonathan Vilma. Vilma was suspended for the entire 2012 season for his role in the bounty scandal.
Gore had 1,211 rushing yards and eight touchdowns last season and had 13 carries for 89 yards and seven receptions for 38 yards in the 49ers' 36-32 win over the Saints.