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Sean Payton: Sean Payton & ‘Bounty Gate’

March 7, 2012 by staff 

Sean Payton: Sean Payton & ‘Bounty Gate’, Goodness me, the New Orleans Saints have landed themselves in quite the juicy pickle. The NFL is basically, at this moment, winding up Popeye style to deliver a debilitating haymaker right in the Saint’s kisser. Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, is this week meeting with his minions to decide the punishment for the Saints ‘bounty’ scheme, where they paid out extra dollars to players who injured and or sidelined opposition players.

After a Mulder and Scully like investigation the NFL has uncovered in a damning report that the Saints paid ”$1,500 for a “knockout” shot and $1,000 for a hit that results in a player being carted off the field” . The sensational NFL report found between 22 and 27 defensive players on the Saints, as well as former assistant coach Gregg Williams, ”maintained a bounty system for inflicting injuries on targeted players.” Payments under the scheme doubled or tripled for the playoffs.

The Saints appear to be offering zero resistance thus far, and indeed Williams called his role in the pool a “terrible mistake” when he issued a public apology late last week. Williams, in particular, has a lot to answer for. Williams was the Redskins’ defensive coordinator from 2004 to ’07. The below hit on Peyton Manning took place in that time-frame, and the good people of Indianapolis would like to talk to Gregg about it.

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