Mar 19, 2012
The New Orleans Saints’ professional football players and at least one assistant coach maintained a bounty pool of up to $50,000. This money went over the past three seasons to reward players who inflicted game-ending injuries on opposing players. The best-known targets were quarterbacks Brett Favre and Kurt Warner.
The NFL said the bounty pool contained the most money in 2009, the year the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl. “Knockouts” were worth $1,500 each and “cart-offs” were worth $1,000, with payments doubled or tripled in playoff games.
The NFL said more than 20 players were involved, administered by the Saints’ defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, with the knowledge of the head coach. Another coach said he knew of similar bounty programs in Tennessee.
NFL officials act shocked. And sources say it will likely fine the Saints – now that this information is public.
But does anyone really believe that in the NFL, no one knew this was happening? You can see the intent to injure every week in televised games. Not only with the Saints, but with almost every team.
Injuries are big bucks!