New Orleans Saints ownership adversely affected by Bountygate?

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How bad is the “Bountygate” scandal? It’s far-reaching all the way to the top. Yes, there are 22-27 players under investigation, but the fallout doesn’t end on the field. Or with the defensive coordinator, or head coach. It reaches beyond Gregg Williams and Sean Payton, all the way to the owner’s box.

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has also taken a hit in the pocket book.

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Stl. Rams Coordinator Gregg Williams apology statement to team, fans, league

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St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has apologizing to the NFL, to Rams coach Jeff Fisher, the organization and NFL football fans in general for managing a bounty pool while he held the same position with the New Orleans Saints.

Williams was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday by the NFL, and the Rams say he’ll be eligible for reinstatement after this season.

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New Orleans Saints bounty program: the FULL NFL findings report

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Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the New Orleans Saints today of the discipline that will be imposed on team management for violations of the NFL’s long-standing “bounty” rule that endangered player safety over a three-year period.

Discipline for individual players involved in the Saints’ prohibited program continues to be under review with the NFL Players Association and will be addressed by Commissioner Goodell at a later date. The program included “bounty” payments for “knock-outs” and “cart-offs,” plays on which an opposing player was forced to leave the game. At times, the bounties even targeted specific players by name.

The NFL’s extensive investigation established the existence of an active bounty program on the Saints during the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons in violation of league rules, a deliberate effort to conceal the program’s existence from league investigators, and a clear determination to maintain the program despite express direction from Saints ownership that it stop as well as ongoing inquiries from the league office.

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Bountygate: Roger Goodell trancripts on Sean Payton, Saints punishment

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Huge huge day for NFL news. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton gets suspended for an entire season- costing him $7.5 million. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is banned from football indefinitely.

From Los Sports Blog:

When news broke in early March 2012 that the New Orleans Saints had instituted a bounty system dated as far back as 2009, the immediate question was how severe the penalties would be.

Saints GM Mickey Loomis will be suspended 8 games and fined $500,000 individually while the Saints franchise will be fined $500,000 and will lose second round draft picks for 2012 and 2013.

The bounty system was apparently put in place by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was hired by the Rams in January and reportedly has been suspended indefinitely by the league as well.

One of the most significant incidents of the system has been Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma allegedly placing a $10,000 bounty on injuring then Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.

Here’s what the Commissioner Roger Goodell had to say through his propaganda platforms NFL Network and ESPN today:

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Commissioner Roger Goodell warns all NFL teams to eradicate any bounty programs

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In addition to announcing discipline on the New Orleans Saints and individual employees for the operation of an illegal bounty program, Commissioner Roger Goodell also instructed all clubs today to certify that no such program exists at any NFL team.

In a memo to NFL clubs, Commissioner Goodell directed the principal owner of every NFL team to meet with the head coach and confirm that the club does not operate a similar pay-for-performance or bounty program and to instruct his coach that no such program is permissible and that if such a program exists, it must be terminated immediately.

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