Originally posted on No Guts, No Glory  |  Last updated 3/2/12
The news flying out of New Orleans today is hot and heavy. None hot and heavier than the NFL’s announcement that they have been investigating the New Orleans Saints for a bounty program to injure players under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.But that’s not all. The NFL’s investigation found Gregg Williams wasn’t running this program in secrecy. Sean Payton knew. GM Mickey Loomis knew. And once owner Tom Benson found out, he instructed Loomis to end the program, but Loomis did not.So yeah, this looks extremely ugly. After a lengthy investigation conducted by the NFL’s security department, the league announced Friday that 22 to 27 defensive players on the New Orleans Saints maintained a “pay for performance” program that included “bounty” payments administered by then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons. The program runs in violation of league rules, and the investigation showed that Saints players received $1,500 for a “knockout” hit and $...
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