NFL finds that Saints violated “bounty rule”

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  1. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I'm surprised nobody has seen this.


    The league announced Friday afternoon that the Saints violated the “bounty rule” in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Specifically, the NFL has concluded that between 22 and 27 defensive players along with at least one assistant coach maintained a “bounty” program. It was funded primarily by players, with $50,000 or more available during the 2009 playoffs.

    “The payments here are particularly troubling because they involved not just payments for ‘performance,’ but also for injuring opposing players,” Commissioner Goodell said in a league-issued release. “The bounty rule promotes two key elements of NFL football: player safety and competitive integrity.

    The N.O. Saints are in a heap of trouble.
  2. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    good thread. I think this is going to seriously blow up and Goodell is going to spank the Saints hard. I'm sure other teams do it...I wouldn't be surprised.

    But I sure bet Brett Favre's ankle is screaming, "DO YA THINK!?!" in reference to the blatant late hit he took in the minny - NO NFC champ game a few years ago. Love him or hate him (Favre), that was a late hit and a blatant attempt to injure. I've always felt that and now this story only confirms it imho.

    I'm not a fan of either team btw so my opinion isn't biased.

    But this story isn't over yet.

  3. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Reminds me of the famous bounty bowl between Dallas and Philadelphia when they were under Buddy Ryan. This is going to be really interesting and I can't wait to see how the league handles this.
  4. SteveAbootman macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2008
    Will be interesting to see how this plays into the Drew Brees contract negotiations. Even though he's on the offensive side of the ball and probably had no involvement in this, the team is likely to lose draft picks and have players suspended (if still with the team). What that does to New Orleans ability to draft well and surround Brees with a team capable of winning the Super Bowl in the coming years will be something that weighs heavy on his and the teams decision.
  5. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
    this could easily become the biggest issue of the 2012 season and we're not even to the draft yet. The saint are probably got two lose each of their top three pics of two drafts, greg williams will be suspended at least a few games and fined, and multiple players will be fined/suspended. This is going to be a big deal and make spy gate look like almost nothing.

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