Saints Receive “Death” Penalty For Bountygate

20120523-141847.jpgWritten by: Chance Bond

Sean Payton suspended for an entire year. Gregg Williams suspended indefinitely. Mickey Loomis suspended eight games. Assistant head coach/LB coach Joe Vitt suspended six games. The New Orleans Saints will lose second-round picks in 2012 and 2013. Johnathan Vilma, Scott Fujita, and up to 20 other current and former Saints players will receive some sort of league punishment depending on involvement. The focus of this has been on the Saints Organization not on the crime. With the exception of gambling allegations there is no higher violation in the NFL. The “player code” the unwritten rule of respect for one another. Those who play the game, play it with the understanding of its brutality and violence. Every player commits to giving it all, and laying it on the line. Playing for “the guy next to you” Any play could be their last. The Saints don’t see the code the same. What if the men your playing with have an agenda to end your career on purpose? Playing the game with the intent to “take you out” not by the words of saying it for intimidation sake, but for the monetary price that was put on your head. Playing the game not to win it, but to supplement income by pursuing targeted predetermined players. The league has an obligation to all that perform on the field a safe enviroment free of “known” hazards. The players union has an oligation to expose any “known” hazards to the league. What if the “known” hazards are the participants? The very entity the league and union are trying to protect. What you get is what the league has done. Hit hard, hit swift, and make it hurt. The Union has to decide how far to go with the players in violation. What is the punishment for the crime of violence against the players they are in place to protect. This makes the argument of OTA’s and training camp look silly, maybe the coaches do care about the players more than then the players care about themselves. The Saints have set the Player’s Union back. Instead of looking at player safety from the point of equipment. They are looking at player safety from the point of player conduct. It will take some time to work this out to get back to concussions and equipment improvement. The question now should be. Did the Saints get punished enough?

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