NFL suspends 4 players in wake of Saints bounty scandal
Add four players to the already suspended accused who knew and supported the New Orleans Saints bounty program scandal. Head coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis and former defensive coordinator Greg Williams were given their punishments more than a month ago, now it’s the players turn.
Anthony Hargrove was given an eight-game suspension after the NFL said that he, too, targeted Favre in the NFC Championship Game. The NFL says that Hargrove eventually admitted his role in the team’s bounty program, but that at first “Hargrove also actively obstructed the league’s 2010 investigation into the program by being untruthful to investigators.”
Will Smith was suspended four games. The NFL says he worked with former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in setting up the bounty program.
Browns linebacker Scott Fujita is no longer in New Orleans, but he was given a three-game suspension for his role in the bounty program when he played for the team.
Jonathan Vilma, has been banished for all of 2012, effective immediately and through the Super Bowl, for his role in the bounty scandal. Vilma reportedly put $10,000 cash on the table in the team’s meeting room and said the cash would go to anyone who could knock Brett Favre out of the NFC Championship Game in January of 2010.
I’m wondering how they only came down to only four players. Maybe it would have been too much of a headache to name whole defensive units.
Whether you agree with the punishments or not, or make the argument that this has been going on in the NFL for years, its of no matter. These players and coaches were messing around in an area they had no business messing around in in today’s NFL.