Bounty scandal: Something's missing

Posted by GARY ESTWICK on October 9, 2012 

If what the NFL says is correct, why aren't more players suspended? Four guys doesn't seem like much of a pot.

So the NFL claims that players have admitted the Saints bounty scandal was real, that wasn't some made-up conspiracy. That the Saints defense set out to injure opposing players - although at least one player connected to the scandal argues the goal was to knock players out the game for a play or two, not to purposely injure. Semantics maybe, not not.

Either way... Here's my objective question: If what the NFL says is correct, why aren't more players suspended? Four guys doesn't seem like much of a pot. That's not great pot odds.

If the NFL is going to suspend and re-suspend Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma, as well as former Saints Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove, shouldn't it suspend more players - that's if everything the NFL stated in its bounty investigation is true...

Suspend all (involved) or none. Remember, the NFL said today that it found no evidence that Fujita directly contributed to the bounty pool, but still chose to suspend him because... he "supported and endorsed it" as one of the defensive leaders. 

Today, we know more about the bounty scandal than we ever have - if everything the NFL states is correct. But, there's still a lot we don't know.

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