The New Orleans Saints are in some serious hot water today after the NFL announced on Friday that the team’s players and coaches have been offering monetary rewards for knockouts and bounties for injuries.
The league announced that the team was in violation of the “bounty rule” over the course of the 2009, 2010, and 2011 campaigns. The NFL’s headquarters also stated that between 22 and 27 players participated in the program, and that the pool was primarily player-funded. The knockout fund reached nearly $50,000 during the 2009 postseason in which the Saints eventually captured Super Bowl XLIV. One assistant coach, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, has also been implicated in the investigation as the architect of the plan. Continue reading Practice What You Preach: Saints Investigated for Bounty Pool »