Second Round Of 'BountyGate' Suspensions Handed Out

Second Round Of 'BountyGate' Suspensions Handed Out

New York City : NY : USA | May 02, 2012 at 9:44 AM PDT
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Goodell Says Saints Players Embraced Bounty Program

The NFL handed out the second round of suspensions today for the players that were involved in 'BountyGate.' From the investigation, the bounty program set up by the New Orleans Saints proved that the players intended to hurt opposing players based upon how much money they put up for bonuses on hits and based upon the structure of the bounties.

The NFL suspended four players without pay that were on the 2010 Saints defense. Starting Saints MLB Jonathan Vilma was suspended for the entire 2012 season without pay. Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, who is now with the Green Bay Packers, was suspended eight games without pay. Starting DE Will Smith was suspended four games without pay. LB Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, was suspended three games without pay.

Although this bounty program is unfair, the NFL should have handed these suspensions out before the NFL Draft. Now, Green Bay and Cleveland are penalized even though they weren't involved in the structured bounties placed on players' heads. Those two teams probably would have drafted differently.

For the Saints, losing their best linebacker for the season and their best pass-rushing defensive end for a quarter of the season will be devastating to their defense. The defense sucked royally last season, and that was with the incentives of the bounty program. For next season, the offense will be pressured to score on every possession.


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Jonathan Vilma of the New Orleans Saints is pictured talking with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams
Jonathan Vilma of the New Orleans Saints is pictured talking with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams
Adrian Holman is based in Joliet, Illinois, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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