Saints, Williams Likely to Receive Harsh Punishment for Bounties

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 in Celebrity Justice, Legislation, Local Issues

Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and the current Saints organization are expected to be severely punished following a NFL investigation that discovered Williams offered ‘bounties’ of $1,000 or more for brutal hits that left opposing players injured or unable to return to the field during games.

The investigation also suggested that Saints’ management, such as owner Mickey Loomis, were aware of and condoned the behavior.

Insiders believe that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will levy fines exceeding those against the Patriots for their 2007 ‘Spygate’ scandal, which totaled $750,000 and a first-round draft pick.

According to a person familiar with Goodell’s thinking, the commissioner views the Saints’ case as a critical opportunity to underscore the league’s burgeoning emphasis on safety and need to change a culture that sometimes promotes injuries, another sign a significant penalty could be coming.

In a USA Today online pole, 56% of respondents said Williams deserved a life ban for his role in offering bounties and encouraging overly violent play. What’s your take on this? We want to hear from you!

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