A sampling of coverage of the New Orleans Saints’ Bounty Rule violation. Today, the NFL announced that NFL Security had conducted a two-year investigation into an alleged pay for performance scandal involving about two dozen Saints defensive players.
A lot of information has already come out regarding BountyGate and the Saints. But we’re only just getting started. One of the details that has emerged relates to the 2009 NFC Championship game where the Saints bruised and battered Brett Favre all night long.
Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has publicly apologized, hours after the NFL announced that Williams had violated league rules by orchestrating a system of bounties during his time on the staff of the Saints. “I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans…”
On one hand, an NFL player shouldn’t need the incentive of an extra $1,000 in order to play hard and aggressively when a berth in the Super Bowl is riding on the outcome of a game. On the other hand, the fact that Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams felt compelled to have a bounty program [...]
Former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, who absorbed a big hit during a playoff game against the Saints in his final NFL game, has responded to the news that the Saints were using a bounty system at the time. “It’s definitely disappointing, but I won’t say that I’m completely surprised,”
Several players who played for former Saints DC Gregg Williams elsewhere -- such as Washington and Buffalo -- said privately that there were never any formal "bounty" programs on those teams.
According to the investigation, the players regularly contributed cash into a pool and received improper cash payments of two kinds from the pool, based on their play in the previous week’s game. Williams administered the program with the knowledge of other defensive coaches…