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NFLPA issues statement on Saints bounties

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[Editor's note:  The NFL Players Association initially responded to news of the Saints' three-year bounty system by vowing to study the NFL's report.  The NFLPA issued a more detailed statement on Wednesday.  The full text appears below.]

The NFLPA negotiated vigorously to protect our players from coercive actions that compromise health and safety. The current CBA contains detailed rules on what clubs and coaches can and cannot do in terms of practice schedules and places limitations on the amount of contact. These rules include how clubs and coaches can be punished for violations of those safeguards. The statements made by New Orleans Saints management and coaches confirm that they engaged in improper and coercive activities.

We will vigorously protect the rights of all players. Until the facts are known, judgment based on reports in the media is speculative. That is why the NFLPA is undertaking a comprehensive review of the circumstances surrounding these reported violations of League rules. As part of this review, the NFLPA has requested that the NFL help facilitate interviews with members of New Orleans Saints management and coaching staff that were employed by the club in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

We recognize that this investigation was conducted over the course of many months. Accordingly, we have requested that the NFL provide us with sufficient time to complete our internal review as counsel to the players.

If the facts prove that players voluntarily and willingly participated in conduct that jeopardized health and safety, we will work with them and the league to put in place additional safeguards to prevent this in the future.

Dangerous play and acts on the field by players intended to injure have no place in football. We must do better to ensure that this activity is not a part of our game.

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26 Responses to “NFLPA issues statement on Saints bounties”
  1. udtfrogmanvet says: Mar 7, 2012 6:00 PM

    I love the picture of De Smith. “Insert Johnson here.”

  2. bigjdve says: Mar 7, 2012 6:01 PM

    What safeguards are you going to put in place?

    You’ve been blaming the NFL for safety concerns, while your members have been intentionally trying to damage other member’s safety.

    This should be good.

  3. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 7, 2012 6:04 PM

    They’ll get on it right after they finish up dealing with the hgh problem.

  4. reebs33 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:05 PM

    Cannot stand this lawyer-speak. If the player’s union is trying to position this as a program that the coaches instituted purely on their own and that the players were merely following orders, then they should hang their heads in shame.

  5. ajsjr40 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:08 PM

    The organization, coaching staff and management team will get very harsh penalties. Players will be hand slapped.

  6. f16fighterjet says: Mar 7, 2012 6:09 PM

    Yeah… next year I hear their going to do away with tackling, their going to call it flag football.

  7. capslockkey says: Mar 7, 2012 6:16 PM

    Much more interesting when you read it in your head to the voice of Jackie Chiles.

  8. staugslugga says: Mar 7, 2012 6:18 PM

    Haha so they’re going to come out and say that they violated salary cap rules and such. Player safety wasn’t compromised by legal hits. Sorry media and your agenda.

  9. cured76 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:20 PM

    They represent the players; as noted on this site they are representing both the players injured and those getting paid for the big hits. It’s a tight rope for them in that regard. But the coaches and other team staff that had their part in it will be the ones caught in the NFLPA cross-hairs. That means Loomis, Payton, and Williams can expect to get the brunt of all the punishment, notwithstanding the forfeiture of draft picks the Saints could be looking at.

  10. whatigot8 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:23 PM

    “If the facts prove that players voluntarily and willingly participated in conduct that jeopardized health and safety”

    Since the inception of football, as reported by players, players have funded players’ making good football plays.

    Calling it a bounty system has been a media thing. It’s nothing but a pay for performance system that has happened forever. Punish the Saints for that, not for what everyone calls a ‘bounty system’

  11. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 7, 2012 6:24 PM

    That mouth is begging – someone please stuff a large kilbasa between my gums.

  12. nineroutsider says: Mar 7, 2012 6:25 PM

    ajsjr40 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:08 PM

    The organization, coaching staff and management team will get very harsh penalties. Players will be hand slapped.
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    As it should be. I think the league does a great job of dealing with player misconduct. In the case of the Saints though, I feel the players should receive the least amount of punishment for this coach instituted program. Williams, Peyton, and Loomis, should be the ones who receive the harshest discipline along with the entire organization.

  13. vbe2 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:26 PM

    Both Payton and Williams should be banned for life for sponsoring and allowing this to take place.

    They can NEVER be trusted in the NFL again.

  14. crabboil says: Mar 7, 2012 6:28 PM

    Flag football.

    $1000 bounty if you act like you’re going for the flag but then “accidentally” pants the quarterback.

    By the way, the Vikings still won’t win ****!

  15. jenniferxxx says: Mar 7, 2012 6:31 PM

    NFLPA = dirtbags. The same guys who do their best to block PED testing now want to cover for players causing intentional injuries. Priceless …

  16. bloodybean74 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:36 PM

    Gotta love how the nlfpa tries to put the blame on the coaches and management but not the players that tried to hurt opponents. Sounds like b.s. to me.

  17. whatigot8 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:37 PM

    where is the evidence that they caused intentional injuries? show me the link maybe?

  18. steviemo says: Mar 7, 2012 6:38 PM

    You left out the last paragraph: “Meanwhile, we are fighting tooth and nail to ensure that our players can use HGH for several more years.”

  19. katrinasafterbirth says: Mar 7, 2012 7:09 PM

    Isn’t Brees a union leader? His rep is even more tarnished…just another hypocrite…he’s never cared about his “fellow” union members, all talk.

  20. chachanola says: Mar 7, 2012 8:37 PM

    The claim is the people lied. Well didnt the Colts hire the old Ohio State Head Football Coach. People yell integrity but that dude lied in the NCAA. So why would you hire that type of person int your league of integrity. Pete Carroll. so try not to get it to right but you better not get it too wrong either.

  21. cleanskip says: Mar 7, 2012 8:56 PM

    The Saints as a team should forfeit the Super Bowl,there is no place in sports for paid hit men. That is exactly what it comes down to. The personnel involved should also face criminal charges,along with members of coaching staff should be black balled from ever coaching at any level. Members of Pro sports teams are set up on a pedestal and need to be punished like any other person.

  22. whatigot8 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:06 AM

    No cleanskip, they shouldn’t

    Legal hits… Legal. Hits.

  23. vetdana says: Mar 9, 2012 3:57 PM

    I am amazed at how many people think this behavior is a ok! Most former players say it has been going on forever and is just the nature of NFL play. A seemingly majority of people don’t even try to differentiate between plays designed to intentionally cripple a player and plays which are legal according to the rules !It seems that the ends justify the means regardless, of the legality of the play.With this kind of mindset, the current emphasis over the last few years on concussions and player safety seem like a joke !You can be sure Roger Goodell is not laughing !

  24. boobsmcgoo says: Mar 10, 2012 7:48 PM

    cleanskip says:
    Mar 7, 2012 8:56 PM
    The Saints as a team should forfeit the Super Bowl,there is no place in sports for paid hit men. That is exactly what it comes down to. The personnel involved should also face criminal charges,along with members of coaching staff should be black balled from ever coaching at any level. Members of Pro sports teams are set up on a pedestal and need to be punished like any other person.

     ………………

    Child, please! Fines, loss of draft picks, suspensions, yes. No criminal charges and the Lombardi Trophy stays right where it is.

  25. phuto says: Mar 12, 2012 1:29 AM

    @cleanskip…Then you need to take the pats SBs wins away too they cheated to win and the games were shown to be tainted. I would however would like to see the players list that where players were taken out of the game and changed the outlook of the games. Where as what the pats did had a HUGE out come of the games. Since bellidick learned to read or were told the rules they havent won a SB,so one can say by them cheating was a HUGE advantage and should have their SBs taken away.
    Now for what the idiot coach did he should be fined and gone for a year,Payton – fined and gone for 4 games.I am NOT a fan or dislike the saints.

  26. louisianakid says: Mar 16, 2012 10:25 PM

    The New Orleans Saints is a very elite team after getting a smart coach and a good defensive coach to teach a team like the New Orleans Saints from years of let downs. To a team that learn how to hold their own on the field knowing how to play aggressive ball like all the other NFL teams. Now the other teams have a problem with the team they always run over every season, now they done rebuild every team is saying they are trying to hurt other players. Complainting to the NFL commissioners because the New Orleans Saints is the WHO DAT NATION meaning who dat say they going to whip them Saints. The NFL and all the WHO DAT haters open your eyes if the Saints were bounty hunters or head hunters if this was the case the Saints should have been playing in the Super Bowl also have the worse defense in the lead. Mr. Goodell knows how far the New Orleans Saints come to be where they at today and the pass years we as Saints fans we understand everybody has a job to do but do it earnestly if the NFLPA want to do they own investigation there’s nothing wrong with that if the NFL just want to make and example out of the Saints because they are one of the top teams in the lead.

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