New Twist On NFL ‘Bountygate’ Scandal

March 3, 2012 by staff 

New Twist On NFL ‘Bountygate’ Scandal, How’s this for scrutiny on The Bounty? NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should raise the New Orleans Saints up the yardarm and administer punishment that befits the crime. Lashings all around.

Eighteenth-century sailing-ship allusions aside, the Saints should not avoid debilitating penalties for the latest sports-world scandal to be affixed with the dreaded “-gate” suffix — Bountygate.

On Friday afternoon, the NFL announced that a two-year investigation has found the Saints defence ran a “bounty” program from 2009-2011, funded primarily by players. Some 22 to 27 defenders were rewarded with under-the-table cash payments for such achievements as “cart-offs” and “knockouts.”

The league has a long-standing rule forbidding such non-contract bonuses.

In 2009, Saints defenders earned $1,500 for knockouts and $1,000 for a cart-off. Those figures doubled or tripled during the playoffs, when the bounty pool might have reached $50,000 as the Saints rolled toward their Super Bowl championship.

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