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Saints punished for Bounty Hunting

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This week the Saints head coach Sean Payton had been suspended for an entire season without pay and fined $5.8 million for “Bounty Hunting.”

Bounty hunting is when coaches will pay their players extra if they are able to hit harder than necessary and actually try to injure other players. In this case $1500 for knock-outs, and $1000 for a cart-offs.

It was reported that four quarterbacks were named with a price if they were hit: Aaron Rogers, Cam Newton, Kurt Warner, and Brett Favre. Back in 2010, defense captain Jonathan Vilma offered $10,000 to any player who knocked Favre out of the NFC Championship game.

These are some of the punishments that the Saints will undergo

  • Defensive coordinator (now in St. Louis) Gregg Williams is suspended indefinable.
  • Head coach Sean Payton will pay $5.8 million and will not coach this year.
  • And the Saints will lose their second-round pick in the 2012 and 2013 NFL draft pick.

I get it, it’s a game and you want to win. But that does not mean players should try to injure someone so badly that they can never play again. Safety is the NFL’s number one priority. And people that try to hurt other people’s careers should not be allowed to play.

Right now, the Saints are suffering the consequences of what happens when you lie and cheat. It is not because people don’t like the Saints, they are just the first ones to get caught. If this were any other team the punishment would still be the same, no matter the team.

There is a reason that bounty hunting is illegal: to protect the players. Not only that, it’s about respect, respecting that the people you are playing against work just as hard at getting stronger and faster so that they can play the game they love, and understanding that they are trying to take care of their families.

Play for the game, play for the victory, but don’t sabotage other people in the process. Play fair, don’t play dirty.

Here is my source article with all of the investigation and punishments for the Saints from the NFL.


Written by maddiedeckers

March 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm

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