Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 4/5/12

It’s not not surprising, but Roger Goodell is taking more flak than usual this week, particularly in regard to his handling of BountyGate, the Saints’ whirlwind scandal. It started with protestors marching outside the Superdome Sunday, criticizing Goodell for the punishment he levied upon the organization.

Now, it’s ramped up a bit as one of the more outspoken Ravens (are there any other kind?) has taken aim at him.

Speaking on KILT-AM in Houston (via SportsRadioInterviews.com), safety Bernard Pollard took a shot at Goodell, saying the commissioner’s ultimate goal is to have players “running around with helmets and flags on.”

It’s getting out of hand. This is not powderpuff football, this is not flag football,” Pollard said. “This is a violent sport. And it’s a fun sport — we all love playing this game. And we’re blessed by God to even go out there and display our talent to the world, but at the same time you can’t sit there and say, ‘We want guts, we want glory, we want heart.’ You can’t give a player heart but at the end of the day you tell him, “Well, hold on but be careful when you go to make that hit.’ We wear helmets and shoulder pads. That means you’re supposed to go knock somebody around. We ain’t wearing flags.”

Then, touching on the topic of bounties, Pollard said he “doesn’t care if you do a bounty or not,” adding it’s “outrageous” to suspend someone — in this case, Saints coach Sean Payton — for an entire season as it’s a “violent” sport.

“This is a game, this is a violent game. You can’t take this away. You suspend a man for a whole year? You suspend a man for a whole year and now you’re looking for players to suspend? This is outrageous,” Pollard said. “You’ve gotta be kidding me. He said he was gonna take a dollar (during) the lockout, I guarantee you he didn’t take a dollar that year. I guarantee you he got every bit of that (inaudible) mill.”

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