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Senator calls hearing on bounties

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Five years ago, former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter tried unsuccessfully to get Congress engaged in the Spygate controversy.  Now, another Senator plans to push for Congressional exploration of the Saints’ bounty fiasco.

Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has announced that a hearing of the Judiciary Committee will be convened on the topic.

“Many sports involve human contact and the chance of serious injury. But when an injury is by design and is paid for, we’ve moved beyond any definition of sport,” Durbin said in a statement released by his office.  “I’m happy that the NFL acted swiftly once a bounty program was discovered.  But questions remain about what the NFL and other professional and collegiate sports organizations are doing to protect their players and the integrity of their sports.

“After consulting with Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Crime Subcommittee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse, I will convene a hearing to explore the prevalence of this bounty practice and determine whether existing sports bribery laws should be expanded to include a prohibition on bounties.”

The question of whether existing laws should be expanded overlooks the question of whether creative application of existing laws would encompass the behavior in which the Saints were engaged.

“Let’s be real basic about it here,” Senator Durbin told Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press.  “If this activity were taking place off of a sporting field, away from a court, nobody would have a second thought [about whether it's wrong].  ‘You mean, someone paid you to go out and hurt someone?’

“It goes way beyond the rules of any sporting contest, at least team contest, to intentionally inflict harm on another person for a financial reward.”

Senator Durbin announced the hearing Thursday, on the floor of the Senate.  Representatives from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and NCAA will be invited to testify.

We fully expect a wide assortment of comments articulating the notion that Congress has better things to do right now.  But Congress routinely gets involved in matters that speak directly to the public interest.  And given the prevalence and importance of sports in American society, this is a matter that strikes at the heart of the integrity of the games.

Throw in the fact that bounties encourage the intentional infliction of injury, and the failure of Congress to explore the situation would represent a failure of our government to protect its citizens.

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131 Responses to “Senator calls hearing on bounties”
  1. steelcityrapist says: Mar 22, 2012 3:13 PM

    First

  2. udtfrogmanvet says: Mar 22, 2012 3:15 PM

    Throw in MMA, as well.

  3. skitd says: Mar 22, 2012 3:15 PM

    That’s why they call him Dick!

  4. bpd1968 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:15 PM

    Dont they have other things to do. ..

  5. medtxpack says: Mar 22, 2012 3:15 PM

    oh dear, here it comes.

  6. myspaceyourface says: Mar 22, 2012 3:16 PM

    Dude – go fix the economy and leave the NFL alone

  7. ravensgrl says: Mar 22, 2012 3:16 PM

    Oh Lord…. how about you call a hearing on the friggin gas prices rising every day instead!

  8. muckfodell says: Mar 22, 2012 3:16 PM

    Hey Turbin, concentrate on improving your 12% approval rate in Congress.

    Leave football alone…

  9. toddm6d says: Mar 22, 2012 3:16 PM

    Watch in 5 years we’ll be saying, “Thanks Saints for ending the game of football.”

  10. karma189 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:17 PM

    ALL Government (Big Brother) officials need to stay out of the “entertainment” industries and businesses in general. pfff Dictators!

  11. md228010 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:18 PM

    STUPID… Let the NFL handle their own business…. Anybody watch Tiger today? I think he takes it.

  12. jlb10 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:18 PM

    try addressing the state of this country. specifically the economy. how about a hearing on corporation paying little or no taxes due to loopholes? how about a hearing on unemployment and creating much more jobs?
    idiot!

  13. hehateu says: Mar 22, 2012 3:18 PM

    wow politicians are worse than wr’s always looking for the spotlight

  14. rbirving says: Mar 22, 2012 3:18 PM

    exactly. He wasn’t sent to Washington to stick his nose into football. We have bigger fish to fry.

  15. winningisabrees says: Mar 22, 2012 3:19 PM

    Another no name politian trying to get his name in the paper.

    Shouldnt he be focused on the deficit, the national debt, poor infrastructure, poor education system, and health care issues.

    Oh but these are to complex to understand and difficult to attempt to solve.

  16. aardvark4gb12qb15 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:19 PM

    The NFL and the Commissioner have thrown the book at the Saints and Greg Williams. I think the other teams have gotten the message. We don’t need Congress to “explore the situation”. Let the NFL and the NFLPA “protect its citizens”.

  17. sonvar says: Mar 22, 2012 3:23 PM

    The only senators who feel they really need to get involved in this are the ones who don’t deserve to be in congress. The only part of the gov’t that makes any sense to look into this is the IRS because of the undocumented income these players received

  18. Philadelphia says: Mar 22, 2012 3:23 PM

    Stop trying to make a name for yourself, DICK!!!!

    And do something useful, like….fix the Economy maybe?
    How about Unemployment?

  19. minormillikin says: Mar 22, 2012 3:24 PM

    ” …someone paid you to go out and hurt someone?”

    Boxer? MMA fighter? Defensive back?

    Gambling in Casablanca?!

  20. nineroutsider says: Mar 22, 2012 3:24 PM

    Exactly what government should be doing, a real champion of the people. I hate political grandstanding like this…

  21. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 22, 2012 3:24 PM

    Another Democrat that can’t just do YOUR job. Leave the NFL to Godell before he suspends congress for a year without pay!

  22. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 22, 2012 3:25 PM

    and this is where my tax dollars are going.So these useless blowhard Senators can live fat and waste the government and the citizens time with ridiculous investigations like this.No wonder our economy is in the toilet and gas prices are through the roof.Well done Senator.

  23. chrisvegas says: Mar 22, 2012 3:26 PM

    Goverment doesn’t like competition. Only our government is allowed to put bounties on people and get away with!

  24. cserisey says: Mar 22, 2012 3:26 PM

    The reason they are sticking they’re nose into sports is, because they have no idea how to fix the real problems in our country, so they do this s**t to try to make it look like they are doing SOMETHING
    Politics; Hollywood for ugly people

  25. zillabeast says: Mar 22, 2012 3:26 PM

    I know I’m in the minority here…but actual laws SHOULD be put into place to keep this out of our High Schools and Colleges as well. All for it.

  26. jwcarlson says: Mar 22, 2012 3:27 PM

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  27. thepatriotsaregay says: Mar 22, 2012 3:34 PM

    are we seriously going to put somebody on trial in a court of law for something that happend on a football field, this is the beginning of the end of the NFL if they let this progress any further.

    Citizen in Illinois (Bears fans) need to call his office and tell him to stop this foolishness

  28. romeisburningtfb says: Mar 22, 2012 3:34 PM

    But Illinois is in massive debt and Chicago has a ridiculous gang problem. But thanks Dick…glad that we put you in office to do something worth while.

  29. lombardihero says: Mar 22, 2012 3:34 PM

    Spend millions of more dollars we do not have and end up housing a couple hundred thousand documents.

    And people wonder whats wrong with this Country.

  30. mctyboy35 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:36 PM

    Another thing, I know that if I’m signing up for any contact sport whatsoever, that I’m at risk of injury or death…just saying. It’s physics, should we make rules for “running too fast” or for “getting too strong?” Again, I want to know where it all ends. We are destroying our games. When there is no more football to nourish the nations pockets what will Congress think of themselves then?

  31. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 22, 2012 3:36 PM

    Just what we need, the pencil neck geek government officials, trying to regulate everything and anything they can. How about spend more time fixing the economy, and getting these ridiculous gas prices under$4.00 /gal. The Nfl already has it’s own overpaid dweeb, that very adept at micromanaging, and throwing down the hammer of justice!

  32. aoc57 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:36 PM

    If they regulated gas prices (like Mexico) our economy would get an instant boost. More $ in our pockets = more spending = more jobs. But you’re right…the NFL is where you should focus…

  33. wicky888 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:37 PM

    Its nice to see that healthcare reform, oil prices, national debt, terrorism, unemployment and world hunger are no issues. Now congress can focus their attention on football …….

  34. crabboil says: Mar 22, 2012 3:37 PM

    Looks like the other 31 teams will be getting a little looksy… And not just the cursory glance Goodell gave them before determining that there were no other bounty programs in the NFL.

    Better get your ducks in a row.

  35. emoorm says: Mar 22, 2012 3:38 PM

    Gee, 15 trillion in debt and this is the best this senator can do? The NFL can take care of this. No government involvement needed.

  36. stanklepoot says: Mar 22, 2012 3:39 PM

    For those of you wondering why Goodell felt the need to come down on the Saints so hard, I give you exhibit A.

  37. buccaneer4ever says: Mar 22, 2012 3:40 PM

    THIS is why the penalties were so severe, Drew. Because paying someone to purposefully injure someone else is criminal behavior. Fire Payton.

  38. bearsfan4life says: Mar 22, 2012 3:40 PM

    Dear Mr. Durbin,

    The president claims he can murder anyone anywhere for any reason. Your people authorized this in the National Defense Authorization Act. There is no oversite, there is no jury, there is no evidence required, there are no witnesses in defense, there is no judge.

    Stop with the grandstanding.

    If you want to do something productive educate the good citizens of our beloved Republic about the tyranny your cronies have put in place to rule us absolutely.

    Thanks,

    The American Public.

  39. hwentworth says: Mar 22, 2012 3:40 PM

    If only congress had this sort of drive and focus for things that actually matter. Sure bounties are bad, but perhaps professional sports should rank somewhere below national defense and our crumbling economy. How the NFL has any presence in the daily discussions of our congress is completely beyond me…

  40. rr2000k says: Mar 22, 2012 3:41 PM

    How about balancing the frigging budget!!!

  41. mvp43 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:41 PM

    Here we go!

    Another reason to applaud Goodell. When he took over as commish he knew that the society we now live in (like it or not), will not put up with stuff like this. Anything that remotely has to do with the NFL’s lack of action when it comes to player safety (or perceived lack), will open them up to lawsuit after lawsuit, crippling the league.

    If God forbid, a player is ever killed on the field or dies even years down the road, the NFL will be shut down…period. People are lawsuit happy today and the NFL has billions of dollars. They will be a target for sure.

    Goodell is setting the framework for the NFL to defend themselves if need be by making all these changes and punishing those who break the rules.

  42. ravenspit says: Mar 22, 2012 3:41 PM

    This guy is the perfect example of why the state of Illinois is broke-with high taxes. Spends money on stuff that really has no bearing on the betterment of the state, yet cost them millions to execute. Please Illinois, throw this clown out at the first chance you get-don’t care if repub, another democrat or libertarian

  43. jazzytrav says: Mar 22, 2012 3:43 PM

    Wait, what about boxing?

    Even as a liberal, Durbin drives me nuts. If there had been light punishment, I can understand Congress wanting to make a point, but Goodell made the point very clear (and I applaud him for doing so). Save for the coming player punishments, I see no reason to drag this on.

  44. sadviking says: Mar 22, 2012 3:43 PM

    What’s the point? If anything, the players and coaches could/would/should be tried for assault and conspiracy to commit assault (I’m sure they have a better name for that – I’m no lawyer). It’s not like we need national hearings for this, or even worse laws specifically for athletes when there are already laws on the books that cover these behaviors. See – Nancy Kerrigan

  45. techstar25 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:43 PM

    It’s the job of our Congressmen to address issues that are important to our citizens. The fact that you are on this website reading this article right now (and not watching C-SPAN), says that NFL football is the most important thing to you, as it is with most Americans.

  46. lifelong says: Mar 22, 2012 3:43 PM

    You may think this is none of Congress’ business, but the very existence of the NFL depends on TAXPAYER funded stadiums and a federal anti-trust exemption that the NFL absolutely must have in order to generate these gigantic TV revenues.

    Therefore, the NFL made everything it does Congress’ business.

  47. anarchopurplism says: Mar 22, 2012 3:44 PM

    Precisely why those already guilty need to keep their mouths shut.

    Nobody wants to hear you whine when the feds start sticking their nose into this.

  48. conormacleod says: Mar 22, 2012 3:44 PM

    Who said MMA or Boxing? Those sports have weight classes and more specific rules, such as standing 8 counts for boxing, or the ability to “tap out” in MMA. Those are stupid analogies.

    If your analogy said that after a guy taps out in MMA, much like the whistle blowing in the NFL, and THEN the opponent tried to hurt somebody, and it was also discovered that this was the plan prior to the match/game, then THAT would be a good analogy.

  49. gallopingghost says: Mar 22, 2012 3:46 PM

    I agree with zillabeast. The commish came down hard on a couple scapegoats, how about the gov’t comes down on the franchise for, you know, breaking the law.

    Of course Dick Durbin and I are probably biased because the Saints ended Gabe Carimi’s season and cut Earl Bennett’s in half. … not necessarily due to a bounty

  50. derfshambeaux says: Mar 22, 2012 3:46 PM

    Anyone who comments that “these guys should have better things to do” need to keep in mind that the only thing “these guys” care about is their own political positioning and getting re-elected. If you really think they have better things to do, THEN CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN!

  51. stanklepoot says: Mar 22, 2012 3:47 PM

    AlohaMrHand says: Mar 22, 2012 3:25 PM

    and this is where my tax dollars are going.So these useless blowhard Senators can live fat and waste the government and the citizens time with ridiculous investigations like this.No wonder our economy is in the toilet and gas prices are through the roof.Well done Senator.
    ________________________________
    Look, I get that you’re upset that Congress is wasting it’s time and getting involved in something it might need to be involved in, but you’re overselling your argument to it’s own detriment. Why?

    1. This kind of thing has nothing to do with our economic woes. We’re in the situation we are know because of a LACK of oversight and regulation of our financial institutions, not because Congress over reached in its authority.

    2. Gas prices have risen so much because the supply of crude is controlled by a cartel called OPEC, and because a large amount of the world’s supply of oil comes from areas that aren’t the most stable places in the world

    Just saying, you’d do better to simply state that there are bigger problems, and that there’s no need for Congress to waste it’s time with this..especially considering the steps the league has taken to punish those who participated in the bounty program.

  52. rcali says: Mar 22, 2012 3:52 PM

    How about somebody offering up some prize money, or bounty, for digging some dirt on this guy? I mean, he is from Illinois who proudly have their last two governors in jail.

  53. phillyforlife says: Mar 22, 2012 3:53 PM

    Like I said in a post when this story first broke. This practice of hurting a person purposely weather on the field or on the street is felony assault and battery. Now conspiring and getting paid to intentionally inflict grave bodily harm on another person well that has RICO written all over it.

  54. clayton43 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:53 PM

    ok lets be blunt here… since I am from Durbin’s home state of Illinois… I can say this …. This measure by Durbin is only because he is trying to get his name out there nationally because he wants to run for office in 4 years. He is a Democrat ( very buddy buddy with Pres Obama) and any type of issue going on he tries to get his name out in fron of. If you pay any attention to Illinois politics in any way, you know that Illinois politicians are the worst in every way in corruption and favor giving ect ect.

    This was announced a few days after beccause it was already set up between Goodal and Durbin and is why the punishment was so high..Goodall had to show that NFL was going to be serious baout stopping it because dumb a*ses like Durbin were going to probe into it. Mkae no mistake though, this is a dog and pony show for Durbin !!

  55. seanb20124 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:54 PM

    Like Obama, another Illinois D bag

  56. glac1 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:57 PM

    He should worry about repealing our health care law, our unemployment, our sagging housing market, our runaway gas prices and focus on our deficit spending instead of running the National Football League.

  57. smartanis says: Mar 22, 2012 3:58 PM

    Be sure to thank Dick Durbin the next time you have to cut a $12 check to your bank for the privilege of having an account with them each month. Were it not for his “Durbin Amendment” to Dodd-Frank that cannibalizes banks’ income to line the pockets of Walgreen’s execs, those bank fees wouldn’t exist.

  58. radrntn says: Mar 22, 2012 4:00 PM

    thats is what happens when the american voters elect nothing but attorneys to office……you have attorneys trying to run a business….that is why we get nowhere as a country

  59. hooahitsnotatomthing says: Mar 22, 2012 4:03 PM

    Things way more important than the stupid NFL bounties. I am an illinois resident and Durbin brings shame to illinois on a yearly basis.

    Listen up Dick. This is the NFL and should be at the absolute bottom of the list of concerns. Why don’t you get cracking on the more important things.

    We already someone doing a good job of screwing up the NFL. We don’t need to bring in heavy hitting pros like you.

  60. santolonius says: Mar 22, 2012 4:05 PM

    they should call on joe horn to testify.

  61. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:06 PM

    I said in other threads these guys committed felonies and should be arrested, now it will happen.

    Saints coaches and players, better get ready for the jail time you’ll be serving.

  62. rushbacker says: Mar 22, 2012 4:06 PM

    Oh, for God’s sake. Do your job! It’s the economy, stupid!

  63. thepatriotsaregay says: Mar 22, 2012 4:07 PM

    bearsfan4life says:
    Mar 22, 2012 3:40 PM
    Dear Mr. Durbin,

    The president claims he can murder anyone anywhere for any reason. Your people authorized this in the National Defense Authorization Act. There is no oversite, there is no jury, there is no evidence required, there are no witnesses in defense, there is no judge.

    Stop with the grandstanding.

    If you want to do something productive educate the good citizens of our beloved Republic about the tyranny your cronies have put in place to rule us absolutely.

    Thanks,

    The American Public.

    ————————————————–

    that guy the President “murdered” was a terrorist in Yemen who was a member of Al-Queda. Sorry if killin’ terrorist offends you

  64. fwippel says: Mar 22, 2012 4:08 PM

    Give me a break. Durbin is part of an entity that has mismanaged itself into $16 trillion in debt, and couldn’t balance a budget to save its life. The government thinks they can run every aspect of our lives, and now they want to stick their noses into the NFL?

    Hey Dick, get your own house in order. When you can finally outlaw Congressional insider trading (currently legal), balance a budget, and actually stop blocking job creation and domestic energy production, THEN you can start lecturing the NFL.

    Until that happens, sit down and shut up. Our nation would be doing a lot better if Congress ran itself as well as the NFL conducts its own business. A government with a $16 trillion debtload is the LAST entity which should be calling the practices of other businesses into question.

  65. catfish252 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:08 PM

    Excuse me Dick not Arlen, but you stay out of it too. Go do something to fix America. All of our leaders are sooooo worthless.

  66. tradog36 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:09 PM

    Here we go with this crap!!!!!!! The politicians need to keep out of situations dealing with sports. Worry about these high ass gas prices, create JOBS, fix the homeless problem, fix health care!!!!!!!!!! This scandal has nothing to do with politics and government (unless the IRS wants to get involved due to the cash payouts to players). You know they want their cut too!!!!!! Butt out politicians!!!!!!!!!

  67. chawk12thman says: Mar 22, 2012 4:10 PM

    The Senate hasn’t filled it’s Constitutional Mandate of passing a Federal Budget the past 3 years. Do they really need to spend their time on this? I think not.

  68. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 22, 2012 4:11 PM

    What about every time hockey players throw down their gloves and pound each other silly? Is that not also “intentional infliction of injury” as the author says?

  69. duece5 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:11 PM

    What is so embarrassing are guys like Woodsen and Golic who early on said this doesn’t taint the Super Bowl for the saints. Even Sapp STILL is saying it……the ex-players need to WAKE UP.
    This is a societal issue, and an overwhelming majority, not including biased saints fans, is that this is one of the biggest scandals with an “eff you” attitude to the NFL with Payton, Williams, and Loomis all lying together (till they were caught lying–DOH!)…..yes the saints 2009 sbowl is totally tainted, and all players on that team will be asked the question, or questioned about it for the rest of their life……it’s that big of a turning point in NFL history……the bad part of history.

    So, you got the Lombardi trphy saints fans, problem is, it gets duller by the day.

    Doesn’t even seem worth it when it disgusts people so much.

  70. mnsportsguy79 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:12 PM

    Oh don’t worry about your lost home equity Mr. Taxpayer…we’re going to make your Sundays much better for you to be able to forget all your troubles!

  71. despinosa8 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:14 PM

    Really? Are you really going to waste of our tax dallors so you can geta head line? What are you trying to prove? I personally think this whole thing is a joke. Football is a game of men knocking the snot out if each other. The bounties played no part in a outcome nor drew any unnessary roughness fouls that the commiss can point to. This whole thing is bs…

  72. burrito12 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:19 PM

    The NFL should have a hearing on how the government has overstepped it’s authority over and over with professional sports!!

  73. patriotinvasion says: Mar 22, 2012 4:22 PM

    Once again, shows that spygate was a baby crime. Taping hand signals in plain view of 70,000 people in the stadium is no where near under the table bonuses for causing injury to players (circumventing the salary cap). The Saints are the real “CHEATERS”. Trying to steal signs with a little more help than a pad and a pen is nothing more than gamesmanship taken a bit too far. Stealing a sign or two has much less impact than financial rewards for blowing up Favre’s ankle or knocking Warner’s face off. Sorry Patriot-haters, but BountyGate will always overshadow spygate.

  74. geo1113 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:22 PM

    If you follow politics, you know that Dick Durbin is a grandstander. I was not one bit surprised when I opened the article and saw he was the senator.

  75. slugdc says: Mar 22, 2012 4:26 PM

    Hey don’t we have some problems with national unemployment, a down economy, a weak housing market, and….nah yeah, you’re right..football players getting hurt is super important…get right on that, Mr. Senator.

  76. purplehayseuss says: Mar 22, 2012 4:26 PM

    muckfodell says: Mar 22, 2012 3:16 PM

    Hey Turbin, concentrate on improving your 12% approval rate in Congress.

    ***

    That’s exactly what he is doing here. Even though there is some merit to his words, it smacks of ‘those that know better’ telling us what’s good for us. Pisses me off.

  77. guppies66 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:27 PM

    Ok tough guys (actually cowards), you lied to the league; now I dare you to lie to Congress. I can’t wait to see what they think of your barbarism.

  78. toad8572 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:28 PM

    US Senate: Leave the NFL alone and go pass a budget!!

    It’s been years since you’ve done your jobs!

  79. upyoursnfu says: Mar 22, 2012 4:29 PM

    Glad,he is worried about the economy and rising gas prices

  80. baddegg says: Mar 22, 2012 4:30 PM

    It’s funny that they are all over the bounty situation but strangely quiet when the NFL basically admitted that it was guilty of collusion, which you would think would truly raise eyebrows in Congress.

  81. canedaddy says: Mar 22, 2012 4:34 PM

    Wonderful, Little Dick Durbin arrives on the scene to complete the circus. Good to know that if Goodell doesn’t succeed in killing off the NFL we have the geniuses in Washington on the case.

  82. dkeyser says: Mar 22, 2012 4:35 PM

    buccaneer4ever says:Mar 22, 2012 3:40 PM

    THIS is why the penalties were so severe, Drew. Because paying someone to purposefully injure someone else is criminal behavior. Fire Payton.
    ———————————————————
    This coming from a guy whos teams RB sucker punched a guy AFTER a game. Whos star DB is more than likely prison bound after shooting at a man. The SS just got back off a year long suspension.. Yeah bunch of winners down in TB….

  83. hooahitsnotatomthing says: Mar 22, 2012 4:37 PM

    thepatriotsaregay says:
    Mar 22, 2012 4:07 PM
    bearsfan4life says:
    Mar 22, 2012 3:40 PM
    Dear Mr. Durbin,

    The president claims he can murder anyone anywhere for any reason. Your people authorized this in the National Defense Authorization Act. There is no oversite, there is no jury, there is no evidence required, there are no witnesses in defense, there is no judge.

    Stop with the grandstanding.

    If you want to do something productive educate the good citizens of our beloved Republic about the tyranny your cronies have put in place to rule us absolutely.

    Thanks,

    The American Public.

    ————————————————–

    that guy the President “murdered” was a terrorist in Yemen who was a member of Al-Queda. Sorry if killin’ terrorist offends you
    ——————————————-
    Who was he declared a terrorist by? I am sorry if constitutional rights bother you. You can’t just kill American citizens with out a trial. Sorry if you don’t know your own rights.

    This is from a vet and I spent two years in Afghanistan.

  84. artvan15 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:37 PM

    Dick doesn’t know anything about handling the countries economic problems so he has to stick his nose in the NFL. Why do we listen to any of these idiots?

  85. rmc1995 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:39 PM

    Look out Cobra Kai, the government is coming after you for all of your sweep the leg and body bag comments.

  86. hatesycophants says: Mar 22, 2012 4:39 PM

    Bs. This doesn’t strike at the heart of the integrity of the game. Congress should in no way expend taxpayer dollars on a fruitless exhibition. Your argument that it should is self-serving at best and demonstrates a broad level of ignorance of politics and civics.

  87. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 22, 2012 4:40 PM

    “You mean, someone paid you to go out and hurt someone?”

    You mean you get paid to butt into inconsequential football drama? Get lost.

  88. jayniner says: Mar 22, 2012 4:40 PM

    So how long until the government intervenes on the manner in which we use our bathrooms….
    (See recent South Park episode)

  89. ohiodarin says: Mar 22, 2012 4:40 PM

    Little Timmy gave $1 to Curtis to punch Johnny in the nose at recess today…. Quick call a Congressional hearing on the recess bounty programs within our public school systems.

  90. nightrain42 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:43 PM

    Don’t they hve more important things to worry about……like our country?

  91. croghan1919 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:43 PM

    patriotsaregay says:
    Mar 22, 2012 3:34 PM
    are we seriously going to put somebody on trial in a court of law for something that happend on a football field, this is the beginning of the end of the NFL if they let this progress any further.

    Citizen in Illinois (Bears fans) need to call his office and tell him to stop this foolishness.

    _______________________________

    I’m not a lawyer, but felony conspiracy to commit battery by Williams seems to SOUND about right.

  92. diehardtwinsfan says: Mar 22, 2012 4:44 PM

    I’m surprised it took this long to be honest, though I agree this Senator has no business with this. Honestly, this needs to be dealt with by the local district attorneys where the crimes allegedly took place. I suppose it’s too much to ask the New Orleans DA to do the right thing and prosecute those who did this, but if any of this happened on visiting turf, those DAs really should be investigating this and punishing offenders accordingly.

    I know this, if I offered someone 10k to hurt another person, I’d be in jail, as would the person who accepted the money. It wouldn’t take a congressional act either.

  93. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 22, 2012 4:45 PM

    Dick Turban has US military personnel to persecute, taxes to raise, and parts of the US economy that have not yet been wiped out; Why would he go after the NFL??

    It is part of the US economy not yet destroyed by the left wingers.

  94. geo1113 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:45 PM

    upyoursnfu says:
    Mar 22, 2012 4:29 PM
    Glad,he is worried about the economy and rising gas prices

    ———————-

    Since you put it like that, I am actually glad he is worried about the NFL bounties. Every time they come up with a plan to fix the economy, it adds another trillion to the national debt.

  95. nemysys23 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:46 PM

    And here the morons go again…

  96. gb4mn0 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:46 PM

    This is all about the Dummycraps extorting money from the NFL to line the pockets of their their cronies in the American Trial Lawyers who will in exchange give enormous contributions to the campaign coffers of these tyrannical twits.

  97. bobhk says: Mar 22, 2012 4:46 PM

    patriotinvasion says:
    Mar 22, 2012 4:22 PM
    Once again, shows that spygate was a baby crime. Taping hand signals in plain view of 70,000 people in the stadium is no where near under the table bonuses for causing injury to players (circumventing the salary cap). The Saints are the real “CHEATERS”. Trying to steal signs with a little more help than a pad and a pen is nothing more than gamesmanship taken a bit too far. Stealing a sign or two has much less impact than financial rewards for blowing up Favre’s ankle or knocking Warner’s face off. Sorry Patriot-haters, but BountyGate will always overshadow spygate.
    ———
    I knew that low self image pats fan would come out about spygate. This article has got nothing to do with it.

    Let me get this right. You are saying that just because someone committed murder, it’s ok for you to do grand theft auto. How brilliant.

    Belicheat cheated and the Pats “championships” are forever tainted, just like Saints.

  98. bikerhal says: Mar 22, 2012 4:46 PM

    “But when an injury is by design and is paid for, we’ve moved beyond any definition of sport,”

    So what do you call BOXING, bird brain?

    They can’t run the economy or fix gas prices, but they will stick their noses into football!

  99. joshh967 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:51 PM

    I definitely just sent an email to him and I encourage whoever else to email or write him if you are as pissed off as I am that our countries resources are being used like this.

  100. ksranger85 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:51 PM

    This DICK don’t get it, I guess they don’t have anyting better to do. How about passing a DAMN FRIGGIN budget. Do what you were sent up there to do instead of the flavor of the day.

  101. 00reo says: Mar 22, 2012 4:51 PM

    Little bit of political grand standing to round out your week.

  102. marthisdil says: Mar 22, 2012 4:52 PM

    ravensgrl says: Mar 22, 2012 3:16 PM

    Oh Lord…. how about you call a hearing on the friggin gas prices rising every day instead!

    Or, you know, how about they do something about the speculators not being forced to take delivery of oil shipments when they buy the contracts being the majority reason.

    Also, let’s tie the price of oil form OPEC to the price of food and other goods we sell to them. When they wanna pay $120 for a bushel of corn, let’s see who wins.

  103. mikel119 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:52 PM

    Dick Durbin-D- for dickhead

  104. bmoreb says: Mar 22, 2012 4:53 PM

    To the people that say this has nothing to do with our economic state, gas prices, unemployment:

    It has everything to do with it! Jerks like Senator Dick are wasting time and energy on issues that have no relevance (sports) to the things that really matter, i.e, jobs, the economy, gas, etc.

    Sports organizations can take care of themselves and Tyrant Goodell proves it each and every year.

    Senator Dick, please go find some other stupid ass cause to throw out to the media.

    Bottom Line
    This is just a smoke screen to divert attention away from Obama’s upcoming election anyway. But this is the one sport he shouldn’t mess with. We’re pretty passionate about our footbal Senator Dick.

  105. marthisdil says: Mar 22, 2012 4:53 PM

    Who was he declared a terrorist by? I am sorry if constitutional rights bother you. You can’t just kill American citizens with out a trial. Sorry if you don’t know your own rights.

    This is from a vet and I spent two years in Afghanistan.

    I’m sorry, but when you renounce your citizenship, our constitution no longer applies to you, doubly so when you’re a leader of a terrorist organization.

    Cry me a river.

  106. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:54 PM

    “2. Gas prices have risen so much because the supply of crude is controlled by a cartel called OPEC, and because a large amount of the world’s supply of oil comes from areas that aren’t the most stable places in the world”

    If you want to talk politics fine. Gas prices have not risen because of this, they have risen because of Wall Street scumbag speculators. We are currently net exporting gas and oil so the speculators can shorten supply here and drive the price up. You want to fix the gas price problem declare oil a protected resource that may not be speculated on and return it to a supply and demand system.

  107. autumnwind999 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:54 PM

    Oh, good lord. Does Congress really need to stick its nose in on this? Just go away already. Focus your efforts on things that may be less headline-grabbing, but may actually improve this country and be relevant to the job you have been hired to do.

  108. lennymct says: Mar 22, 2012 4:57 PM

    Another waste of taxpayer dollars by the nanny state….

  109. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:58 PM

    “What about every time hockey players throw down their gloves and pound each other silly? Is that not also “intentional infliction of injury”

    If they are being paid bounties to do so it is not just a fight but a crime.

  110. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Mar 22, 2012 4:58 PM

    Oh my god. Shut the hell up Congress. Believe it or not, the NFL leadership handled this without your input. Get back to work and solve real issues. Issues that affect more than a dozen or so athletes, who are already some of the most privileged people on the planet. God I want to leave a steamer on the steps of the Capitol right now….

  111. breakmyrustycage213 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:58 PM

    How about working on our broken-@$$ economy and let the people who actually know something about football worry about football.

    This is freaking ridiculous. Politicians have no place in the sports world.

  112. dowhatifeellike says: Mar 22, 2012 5:00 PM

    I already spend too much money on the NFL. I don’t need my tax dollars spent on it also.

  113. pastabelly says: Mar 22, 2012 5:12 PM

    It’s very clear by Goodell’s actions that the league can adequately police itself. What can Congress do that Roger can’t?

  114. frankiemontana says: Mar 22, 2012 5:16 PM

    Do your jobs and stay out of the NFL / Sports , worry about the economy and fuel prices that seem to go up every other day..

  115. Herb Deluxe says: Mar 22, 2012 5:44 PM

    I actually think Durbin is one of the good guys in the Senate, but this is a bridge too far. Nobody is going to hand down the kind of sanctions that Premier Goodell is already levying.

  116. ravenspit says: Mar 22, 2012 5:48 PM

    Talk about giving Repubs ammunition about government overstepping their boundries during an election year.

  117. bullcharger says: Mar 22, 2012 5:49 PM

    Gimme a break. There are plenty of sports (MMA, Boxing) where injuring the other guy is exactly the point. More KOs mean a better fighter for example. Hockey has fist fights too. All competitors know what they are getting into and they do it anyway. There is risk of concussion and brain damage etc. They can still do it if they want to. The Government doesn’t do anything about those sports. The NFL has no legal issues. They just have rules that were broken. The Senator needs to stay away.

  118. the420bucsfan says: Mar 22, 2012 6:04 PM

    Typical DEMOCRATS, think they have the right to do whatever they want to whoever they want. Get to work on the economy, before people wake up and VOTE YOU OUT OF OFFICE !!

  119. dhillca says: Mar 22, 2012 6:21 PM

    Focus on running the country better ya….Dick.
    You couldn’t catch a frisbee if it was handed to you so stay out of sports, mind your business!!

  120. xtb3 says: Mar 22, 2012 6:32 PM

    Durban a longtime leftist appeaser of terrorists is offended by rough NFL play? Give me a break!

  121. TheWizard says: Mar 22, 2012 6:34 PM

    It’s worth it if it distracts them one day from spending the money of our grandchildren.

  122. tabasco65 says: Mar 22, 2012 6:37 PM

    This is why the country’s in the shape it’s in…and they wonder why we think their idiots !!!

  123. Deb says: Mar 22, 2012 6:47 PM

    What can be gained by Congressional intervention? Laws governing assault and criminal conspiracy are already on the books. If he chose to do so, Favre probably could pursue a criminal complaint under the current statutes. It doesn’t seem likely that Congress can add anything, so why should they waste precious tax dollars interfering in something that’s already been addressed–as it should be–by the Commissioner of the sport?

  124. honkerdawg says: Mar 22, 2012 7:04 PM

    We’ve got more then enough problems in this country (and with this government) that we dont need to waste taxpayers money on this subject. If they want to hold hearings and waste even more time, let the congressmen pay for it out of their own pockets and on their vacation time NOT OURS!

  125. themonster49 says: Mar 22, 2012 7:18 PM

    Ok everybody, I agree elected (speaking for you and I) officials have better things to do.

    So, then, you’re ok with the FBI getting involved? This was across state lines. FBI, this is your show now. People are going to P for Prison if the FBI gets involved. People are going to be publicly dismantled if the FBI gets involved. It was a crime across state lines.

    Here is a little lesson in business: No business can ever break a law, in any way, shape or form. They can set higher standards for themselves, or attempt to set lower standards for themselves, but the law is always the bottom line and the law was broken with attempts to intentionally inflict injury. NFL Wavers don’t cover that, and that’s the only fighting chance the League or anyone really would have had in defending the perpetrators from the Law. Unfortunately for the perpetrators, it crossed state lines, and it was a crime.

    So, do you want the Senate having pointless hearings where maybe one or two people will get in trouble and maybe owe some money or spend a little time locked up, or do you want the FBI getting involved and almost everyone involved goes to prison for a lot longer than a little bit?

    The NFL protects it’s players, even the criminal ones. Those players just crapped all over the NFL’s attempts to protect them. Granted they’ve apparently been doing it for a while, but doesn’t change the fact.

  126. purplengold says: Mar 22, 2012 7:36 PM

    …a failure of our government to protect its citizens?

    Our government passes laws that violate our constitution and reduce our freedoms as a matter of routine. The good senators have an excellent healthcare package, but many of their constituents do not and football is the topic that consumes them?

  127. havok82 says: Mar 22, 2012 7:58 PM

    He screwed up the credit card industry, so why not screw up the NFL, too?

    Seriously? Fix gas prices, reduce the federal debt, and occupy your time doing something else. Good lord.

  128. tokr91 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:22 PM

    Baghdad Dick. I will never forget him standing in Iraq just before military action defending Saddam and condemning a president before the world. I politically despise he and his ilk. Now he wants to put his snout in football. Pass a budget!

  129. tokr91 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:25 PM

    Baghdad Dick. I will never forget him standing in Iraq just before military action defending Saddam and condemning a president before the world. I politically despise he and his ilk. Now he wants to put his snout in football.

  130. uncletuna says: Mar 23, 2012 1:09 AM

    Why doesn’t this Adam Henry work on term limits and cutting governement spending to reflect the poor economy and the pay cuts many of us are experiencing…

    Typical Illinois politician – someone put this guy out of office…

  131. stonymark says: Mar 23, 2012 2:31 AM

    Protect the citizens huh? While your at it, you might take some time and protect us from a real threat, namely Big Oil. Rather than taking money from them under the table.

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