NFL: Saints’ Bounty Program Paid Defenders, Targeted Opponents For Injury

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says that New Orleans Saints players maintained a bounty program over the last three seasons that targeted opponents with the intent to injure them.

The league disclosed the findings of an investigation Friday, saying between 22 and 27 defensive players and at least one assistant coach were involved. No punishments have been handed out yet, but they could include suspensions and fines.

Commissioner Roger Goodell says he is troubled because the system “involved not just payments for `performance,’ but also for injuring opposing players. The bounty rule promotes two key elements of NFL football: player safety and competitive integrity.”

The league’s investigation shows the pool for the bounty program may have surpassed $50,000 at its height during the 2009 playoffs. New Orleans won the Super Bowl that season.

  • ginny

    Why no names included in the story? I say to the other NFL teams, turnaround is fair play. Name the players and place bounties on their heads….wonder how they would like that. And why suspensions and fines, more like terminate them from the league fo life.

  • Bob

    Another one of the fine life lessons we are teaching our children. If you can’t win based upon your talent,ability,or sense of fair play, mane the other guy!!
    Is this what our American society is all about now?? If so we are rapidly sliding down a slippery slope to ruination…

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