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Saints penalties had nothing to do with bounties

Posted on: March 21, 2012 1:48 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2012 1:51 pm

New Orleans Saints are pretty much screwed for at least 1 year, but let's not get this situation twisted into some type of "anti-violence" campaign by Roger Goodell. That wasn't the message the NFL commissioner was trying to send by bringing the hammer down on the Saints organization.

Roger Goodell and the NFL knew that the Saints had bounties and asked them to stop. New Orleans didn’t stop, and that’s the reason for the following penalties.


- Head coach Sean Payton suspended for 1-year (Payton just said he’s “stunned”)

- GM Mickey Loomis suspended 8 games and fined $500,000

- Saints franchise fined $500,000 and lose 2nd-round draft picks in 2012 & 2013

- Assistant coach Joe Vitt suspended without pay for 1st 6 games of 2012 season


Harsh penalties, but the misconception here is about the message sent by Roger Goodell. This is not about ending bounties, though that will be the major media spin. Goodell knew about the Saints bounty program and politely asked them to stop. The message sent through these penalties is simple: When you’re dealing with Roger Goodell, honesty is not the best policy, it’s the only policy.


Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: March 22, 2012 8:27 am

Saints penalties had nothing to do with bounties

I see nothing wrong with Roger Goodell reigning in a rouge program and puinishing - harshiy - those that are dishonest with him. If he is responsible for, among other things, the integrity of the game, then he needs to be able to let his teams know in no uncertain terms that there is leadership in the NFL that is strong enough to provide direction, establish standards of conduct, and enforce those standards. Even if the only issues involved were the lying, this is an important step for Goodell to take if the NFL is to maintain any integrity at all.

The bounty issue itself should also be an issue. The NFL is certainly dangerous enough and the chances of career ending injuries are part of the risks that every athlete signs on to when he enters the NFL, but to adopt a policy of intentionally injuring players is inexcusable and, in this bloggers personal opinion, perhaps even criminal, even though the ability to prove such would be virtually impossible. Intentionally targeting players for injuries should have no place in the NFL and those players who consistentely do so and those coaches who create policies of encouraging it should, with a second offense, be banned for life.

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