Here's Billick's comments on bounties and nfl.com has
Payton's reaction. He is utterly shocked, of course.
Maybe Goodell will do something about mal-funtioning
score boards on final drives next-lol. I always hated
I'm glad Payton and the rest got the book thrown at them. Shameful to the max, allowing a bounty system to injure players. What if someone had been paralyzed or otherwise permanently injured? If Flacco had gotten injured against the Saints I would hit the roof now.
Goodell said the investigation has gone on for 2 years and started in 2010. They didn't have much evidence then.
He said now they have plenty of evidence from multiple
sources. They have released that evidence. They were also lied to and mis-led during the investigation which added to the punishment. That along with a serious infraction of the rules and policies to purposely injure people caused such a serious punishment.
They are going for the players involved now and are waiting for the union to get back to them on their recommendations on how to deal with them.
It was the union during the lockout that demanded safety for their players and this comes under it.
If Shockey snitched, he wasn't the only one.
Say what you will about Goodell, but the dude is a MAN OF ACTION.
This early into his tenure he's already done more than Tags did his entire career.
Even though I may not like all of his decisions, I will say that I feel he's honestly acting in the best interests of the players in the long run.
Now that everyone knows they'll be held responsible for their actions, I'm sure there will be a drastic change in seedy behind the scenes shenanigans that have been going on forever.
#91 the biggest ahole on that team.
Vilma will be gone for good also
If Shockey truly was the informer, it might have been out of spite, more than anything. It didn't end well for him in New Orleans.
The more I am thinking of this, the more I see why the Pats got the punishment they got and the Saints got something much worse.
It's debatable, but both Spygate and the Bounty nonsense go towards the integrity of the game. One team was relatively cooperative, got picks taken away from them and fined. The other lied and tried to cover up their misgivings. They too got picks taken away and fined, but then it extended to the folks who, I am assuming, covered it up -- Payton, Williams, etc. As a result, Goddell went after the people trying to cover up the crime with suspensions.
Moral of the story? Don't lie to the Commish. It may very well cost you your job.
'Spygate' could have also had an impact on this decision, because of how many people viewed the punishment that the Patriots received. Roger Goodell had to come down hard this time and make sure there was no question about the penalty.
Now the Senate is getting involved. I kinda thought what the Senator said was true, if you were paid to hurt someone off the field, it would be a crime.
Their model franchise turns out to be cheaters!! Say it ain't so Tom!
It would have changed everything.
That is why the evidence was burned.
No way to ever dig that stuff up again against them.
Look, give Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Joe Flacco and whoever is playing center, the check offs and online calls for all the opposing teams before we play them and see what happens.
We could have wideouts playing corner, too, and win.
How do those trophies look now?
I can tell you this...if evidence had come out that the Ravens were cheating instead of the Pats, there would have been an ungodly uproar and the 2000 title would have been called into question.