Bounty Gate!

Posted on March 7, 2012


The NFL released information Friday regarding the New Orleans Saints bounty hunting program that rewarded players for knocking targeted opponents out of games, initial reports showed that players were paid about $50,000 over the past three seasons.

Apparently, from 2009 to 2011 between 22 and 27 defensive players, as well as at least one assistant coach, maintained an illegal bounty program that included payments to players for inflicting game-ending injuries on competitors.

Former Saints defensive coordinator Greg Williams apologized for his involvement with the program amidst reports that he implemented the same system while serving on various coaching staffs including the Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and during his time as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

Saints head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis released a joint statement Tuesday, taking “full responsibility” for the violations. An investigation conducted by league officials shows that, “knockouts” were worth $1,500 and “cart-offs” $1,000 — with payments doubled or tripled for the playoffs. The NFL said the pool amounts reached their height in 2009, the season the Saints won the Super Bowl.

So they were all in on it huh? I’m sorry but that’s just terrible!

The NFLPA is set to conduct its own investigation of “Bounty-Gate.” In a statement released on Wednesday the union promised to “vigorously protect the rights of all players.”

The thought of placing a bounty on men who already play an extremely violent game is just disgusting. I thought Commissioner Roger Goodell had gone mad with his strict policies regarding the way players hit each other but something tells me that we aint seen nothing yet!

Head hunting is just down right dirty! Everybody involved should be penalized; players too.

I love hard-core, smash-mouth football and I know that injuries come with the territory but anytime anyone intentionally sidelines another player or attempts to end his career, we’ve got a problem.

It’s not only unethical but it jeopardizes the integrity of the sport we love so much.

Goodell has his work cut out for him, unfortunately for fans that could mean that the yellow penalty flags may fly faster and more often next season and this time we can’t accuse him of overreacting.


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