Sunday, March 25, 2012

New Orleans Saints Screw Up Big Time!

When I first heard about the New Orleans Saints football team paid players $1,500 for knocking a player out of a game, and $1,000 for a "cart-off,'' or a player helped off the field I was shocked, angry and upset to say the least.  For playoff games, the incentive increased.

A team source familiar with the investigation told that Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma offered $10,000 to any defensive player that knocked Favre out of the 2009 NFC Championship Game.  (Source:  ESPN-NFL at New Orleans Saints Defense Had "Bounty" Fund

I think this is just terrible and it's apparently been going on for the last three seasons!  The Saints defense called it a "pay for performance" program but was actually a "bounty" pool that players contributed to. 

This is real life folks. not a book or movie.  Football is NOT war--it's a game!  It's bad enough when players get badly injured accidentally and that's the risk they are willing to take when the play; however, to have players intentionally inflict game-ending injuries is animalistic.  To play with a total disregard for the rules is inexcusable!  Where is the personal integrity?  Where is the human decency?  Where is the sportsmanship?  Where is respect in this?  Does greed and the love of money really become the motivation above all else? 

I think the coaches who implemented this practice and condoned it should lose their jobs and be kicked out of the league as well as the players who contributed to the "bounty" fund.  Furthermore, the players who intentionally hurt their opponents should pay all medical bills incurred.  Fortunately, the NFL commissioner is trying to clean up football by banning their coach Sean Petyon and their defensive coordinator is suspended indefinitely.  It is thought that some of the players will be suspended too to send the message that this practice is not going to be tolerated.    

I understand football is a contact sport and those who play expect to get hurt, but it should be within the confines and rules of the game.  To intentionally play to injure someone is just not right.  Those players who do that should switch to boxing or full metal jousting instead!  I think the Saints and the players who did this deserve everything they have coming to them. 

What are your thoughts on this?  Do you think the players are getting a bad rap and being made to look like thugs as the cornerback said?  I think they made themselves to look that way!

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Sandee said...

Everyone that was involved in this needs to be kicked out of the league and all the money that the players have left in their contracts should go away. That's what I think. Shame on all of them.

Have a terrific day. :)

Ann in the UP said...

How do I feel about it. I think the commissioner is right on with punishing the coaches.

You're right. If maiming people is the goal, take up boxing or those other one on one extreme sports where everyone knows what's in store for them when they "take the field".

BeadedTail said...

It is terrible that they had this bounty thing going on and they should be punished but I doubt much will happen to the players. It's unfortunate but money rules and if the players are money makers, they will still be around. I just hope there isn't retaliation or something to cause more injuries during games.

Mrs4444 said...

I agree with you, and the word "animalistic" is a perfect choice. I have to wonder....Do you really think they're the only team doing this? I sure hope so, but I have to wonder....

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