Don't be shocked. Don't be surprised. Don't even ask how. Football, the false American dream, has struck again. That's all.
In 2009, we thought the New Orleans Saints were the cuddly, feel-good story of the NFL, winning the Super Bowl for a town that needed something to cheer for after Hurricane Katrina.
Turns out, according to an NFL investigation released Friday, that was the year that between 22 and 27 players and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams began maintaining a bounty pool of up to $50,000 -- awarding players cash rewards for hurting opponents. A thousand bucks for a knockout, $1,500 for a cart-off.
The report says that Saints head coach Sean Payton didn't help to put the system in place, but did nothing when he found out about it.
Nothing. Didn't stop it. Didn't look into it. Didn't tell anyone that they shouldn't do it.
If that's true, then Sean Payton should be fired.
Already, players are looking back, wondering publicly if they were victims of the bounty system...