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Louisiana Senate calls for NFL to reconsider bounty sanctions

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With appeal hearings to be held on Thursday regarding the penalties imposed so far against the Saints, coach Sean Payton, G.M. Mickey Loomis, and assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt, the Louisiana Senate has chimed in on the situation.

According to Ed Anderson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs passed a resolution urging the NFL to reconsider the punishment.

The resolution cites “widespread public opinion throughout the state of Louisiana and beyond that the penalties imposed upon the Saints are too harsh and should be reconsidered.”  Though the public opinion beyond Louisiana isn’t necessarily widespread, the penalties are indeed harsh.

Regardless of whether the league will change the discipline imposed, it necessarily will reconsider it.  The procedure that the NFL has instituted for matters of this nature gives Commissioner Roger Goodell the authority to punish, and the duty to review the punishment on appeal.

The NFL handles the appeal because, well, it can.  But should the NFL take advantage of its supreme bargaining power to force any and every non-player employed by the league and its teams to defer to a process that entails no external oversight?  Sure, every business would love to be fully insulated from outside scrutiny, but how can an organization learn from its mistakes if it is never in position to acknowledge them?

I said more stuff about this on Wednesday’s PFT Live.

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177 Responses to “Louisiana Senate calls for NFL to reconsider bounty sanctions”
  1. jimmysee says: Apr 4, 2012 9:50 PM

    Another country heard from.

  2. fjtardy says: Apr 4, 2012 9:50 PM

    Somewhere, Nancy Kerrigan is giving the finger to the Louisiana Senate.

  3. pfii63 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:51 PM

    Dear Louisiana,

    Go to Hell.

    Sincerely,

    NFL Fans in 49 other states

  4. pacificamjr says: Apr 4, 2012 9:51 PM

    Thousands of failing schools.
    Millions suffering from out of control student loan debt.
    Scores of homeowners underwater in their mortgages.
    Out of control obesity and health care costs.

    And congress sits back and concerns themselves with a few millionaires that play a game for a living! PATHETIC!

  5. justanotherdummy says: Apr 4, 2012 9:51 PM

    A state legislature with some of the worst schools in the nation has better things to do than stick up for a group that lied in the face of the comissioner. Shut your pie holes and find some funding to help kids learn to read, idiots.

  6. purpleguy says: Apr 4, 2012 9:52 PM

    That’s rich, a state known for its corrupt political systems asking the NFL to reconsider the actions of it’s corrupt NFL team.

  7. jcspiggle says: Apr 4, 2012 9:52 PM

    Apparently there are quite a few people in Louisiana that are allergic to responsibility.

  8. buckarama says: Apr 4, 2012 9:52 PM

    Horse pucky! He got caught and now he’s out. He’s lucky that’s all he got!

  9. DCBlueStar says: Apr 4, 2012 9:53 PM

    LOL… Wow. Saints Fans, Staff, Players and Coaches: You are NOT the only team in the NFL. You are, however, required to act within the Guidelines of the NFL just like every other NFL team. You didn’t. You deserved the punishment you got.

    Stop trying to act like you wouldn’t be as furious about finding out there was a bounty on Brees… and that you wouldn’t be that thrilled to see this happen to another team… Especially like the Buccaneers, Falcons or Panthers.

    Build a bridge. Cry me a river, then get over it.

  10. mushroommike says: Apr 4, 2012 9:55 PM

    I’m stunned.

    Most of the people in Louisiana think the punishment is to harsh.

  11. horsecore says: Apr 4, 2012 9:56 PM

    Really?

  12. souldogdave says: Apr 4, 2012 9:57 PM

    hahahahahahahahahahqahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahaha

  13. rcampore says: Apr 4, 2012 9:57 PM

    What a joke. This is what these politicians are concerning themselves with? How about stick to actually fixing real problems in your state.

  14. autumnwind999 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:58 PM

    If I didn’t know better, I would swear this was just shameless pandering.

  15. bkostela says: Apr 4, 2012 9:59 PM

    the NFL, in turn, “urged” the louisiana senate to find more productive things to do with its time

  16. herlies says: Apr 4, 2012 9:59 PM

    Wow, enough.

    The head coach and his staff broke the rules.

    They lied.

    They got caught.

    Accept the penalties and move on.

  17. vikingsnorth says: Apr 4, 2012 9:59 PM

    How completely broken is the political system?!

  18. wwwmattcom says: Apr 4, 2012 10:00 PM

    Political posturing. Have to get the who dat vote. Politicians do prey on the weak and feeble minded.

  19. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 4, 2012 10:01 PM

    Sean is going to hold his breath until everyone stops picking on him. And he means it.

  20. buchopeful says: Apr 4, 2012 10:01 PM

    I bet they want them to reconsider…but not happening, commit the crime do the time..

  21. andyreidisfat says: Apr 4, 2012 10:03 PM

    Wow. I gotta say as someone whom truly hates how American governments work, this is just another piece of evidence.

    These losers have a state where WHOLE cites are still in ruins yet they think the local sports team is what’s important.

  22. eastsideballa says: Apr 4, 2012 10:03 PM

    Doesn’t the Louisiana senate have better things to do like NOT repair damages by hurricane Katrina in the ghettos?

  23. rcali says: Apr 4, 2012 10:04 PM

    Government officials, continuing to lead by example.

  24. jeremyjr10 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:04 PM

    the punishments are to harsh for something that has been widespread through the league for many years stop telling us to get over it cause if it was your team you would be crying over the punishments too just try and tell yourself that you wouldn’t if that makes you sleep well at night so get off your soap box and stop criticizing people for taking up for their team when you would do the same thing if it was your team

  25. pastabelly says: Apr 4, 2012 10:05 PM

    They would be more upset if LSU would lose 2 to 3 scholarships. Beg Cajuns beg.

  26. cliffordc05 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:05 PM

    This issue can be covered in the next players agreement. In ten years. Until then get used to it.

  27. jason1980 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:05 PM

    Will you whining loser franchise fan bases ever get off of your high horses? Remember, it will not always be the Saints in Goddell’s cross hairs. Your team will get it’s chance, and Saints fans will be here, saying ohhh, so you don’t like the RULER’S ruling.

  28. claymath52 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:06 PM

    They lace the Kool-Aid with Crack in NO…..

  29. phillyphever says: Apr 4, 2012 10:07 PM

    You know, maybe Roger should reconsider the penalty. How about taking SB XLVII away from New Orleans? Make Louisiana really suffer. Maybe that will teach them that they’re not above the law in the NFL and that there are 31 other teams that have to follow the same rules, or else face the same punishments.

  30. southcakpanther says: Apr 4, 2012 10:07 PM

    Louisiana senate? They have a state government down there? You would have never known.

    Suck it up and take your punishment Saint fans. Your team is corrupt, learn to live with it.

  31. steviaquinn says: Apr 4, 2012 10:07 PM

    HAHAHAHA if Payton was working for any other organization in the state , that very same committee would be calling for him to go to jail for a very long time.

    Hypocrites.

  32. meefaw says: Apr 4, 2012 10:08 PM

    Bronco fan here….. if anybody thinks this is not happening in all 31 other franchises you are crazy. rules are broken everyday. Players use steroids….smoke weed and anything else that you can think of. saints were just the ones who got caught. the punishment fits the crime….let’s move on. I thought I got tired of hearing about tebow….geez! yes I got tebow in this convo!

  33. kane337 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:08 PM

    Unbelievable. The state of Louisiana never fails to amaze me with their corruptness.

  34. joyjoy69 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:08 PM

    So criminal conduct is committed in their state, the league investigates and punishes said crimes, and the state Senate wants them to reconsider?!

  35. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 4, 2012 10:08 PM

    I can’t take that state legislature seriously after they tried to pass a law calling a fertilized egg a person.
    Even the most pro-life state in the nation voted against it.

  36. letmesetyoustraight says: Apr 4, 2012 10:10 PM

    Interesting, but I doubt it will have any influence on Goodell. Also interesting is that rumors are flying around NO that Brees is close to an agreement on a 5 year 115 mill deal. should be an interesting 48 hours.

  37. thejuddstir says: Apr 4, 2012 10:10 PM

    When anyone of the other 49 State legislatures passes the same resolution then I too will support some lienency for the Taints. Until then, I submit that the State with one of the worst educational systems in the U.S., highest poverty rates, lowest literacy rate, highest unemployment rates and highest redneck rates should have more important things for it’s legislature to do than throw it’s corrupt political weight behind it’s corrupt football team. Here’s lookin’ at you Louisiana.

  38. chawk12thman says: Apr 4, 2012 10:11 PM

    Typical Bureaucracy; they should have waited until the players were suspended before calling for lighter fines/suspensions. Now you are going to have to get another resolution put together when the other shoe falls.

  39. itsnotforme says: Apr 4, 2012 10:12 PM

    Louisiana legislature needs to concentrate on what to do when they actually have a disaster, educate your people and work on your school system. The NFL is not the government, they are not going to bail you out on this one. Besides, it’s the Saints own damn fault that they got themselves in this mess. No sympathy here for cheaters.

  40. bigdogsolec says: Apr 4, 2012 10:15 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    NFL TAKES OVER LOUISIANA STATE SENATE.

    Might as well happen,since the NFL cares more about whats right an not whats wrong within there state.

  41. 3kdad says: Apr 4, 2012 10:16 PM

    People in Louisiana should be furious their elected officials have nothing better to work on.

  42. kodakinvegas says: Apr 4, 2012 10:16 PM

    Government tax dollars at work. Payton pays no state income tax on what he don’t earn. Hmmm. I agree with the majority of posters, NOLA sucks and explains why all the trees in America lean toward NAWLEANS, Lawziana Wouldn’t ya just love to get your hands on some of NFL power. Never happen. Haha. Clean up your beaches, educate your kids and find your constituency gainful employment to go along with crawfish n shrimping. This meeting is adjourned. So saith Roger Goodell. :)

  43. vikings9995 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:16 PM

    Aw, their poor Saints are getting punished? It’s not like they put a $10000 bounty on possibly the best player to ever play the game.

  44. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:16 PM

    Big deal……they lied and lied to the NFL boss and continued with the “pay to injure program.”

    Keep the punishment as is!

  45. mkepackfan says: Apr 4, 2012 10:17 PM

    Who gives a bleep what Louisiana thinks?

  46. bigdawg2011 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:17 PM

    Isn’t it funny that all this came in the wake of Katrina. Here…everyone across the nation is trying to help this community and be a good neighbor and they turn around and put a Bounty on the players of fans on other teams. Maybe they could have taken that money and put it toward a good cause like helping a family that lost a loved one or one of the thousands of families that lost everything right there in their own community.

  47. samapoc says: Apr 4, 2012 10:18 PM

    To dcbluestar: I’m pretty sure every team in the league is trying to knock drew brees’s head off. Literally off. So save your cool guy act for some other web forum.

  48. xtutx says: Apr 4, 2012 10:19 PM

    Do they not understand the biggest issue is lying and most lose their jobs immediately. That is considered ethical. So they are recommending that lying is no longer really that important, well at least to the priveledge?

    When I get to the pearly gates I’m gonna say “That place I just came from was a real cluster, I’ve seen the light and now set me right!”

    Suck it up people, deal with the bed YOU made.

  49. emmonsh says: Apr 4, 2012 10:20 PM

    micky mouse and every musketeer gives the louisiana senate. kiss whodat arse morons. brees should be kicked out too. hes a big man in union and everythings saftey and he knew dam well what was going on

  50. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Apr 4, 2012 10:20 PM

    Huey Long would be ashamed.

  51. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Apr 4, 2012 10:21 PM

    According to the information published, not to mention the comments from the NFLPA eluding to supporting any player charged with criminal offenses, I don’t get why the state of Louisiana would waste time on this.

    The NFL, again according to published info, stated that the Saints were warned to stop more than once if not more than twice and they ignored the warnings.

    Maybe there is more to what’s going on here but right now the Saints look like sh!t and they just need to suck it up and take what’s coming.

  52. xsfmed says: Apr 4, 2012 10:22 PM

    These people are unbelievable.

  53. frojo112963 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:22 PM

    DCBlueStar says: Apr 4, 2012 9:53 PM
    Stop trying to act like you wouldn’t be as furious about finding out there was a bounty on Brees… and that you wouldn’t be that thrilled to see this happen to another team… Especially like the Buccaneers, Falcons or Panthers.

    Maybe the rest of you hypocrites should stop acting as if you wouldn’t be upset if it had been your team that was slapped with excessive penalties. Everything about this has been the “conclusion” of the NFL and the media has run with it without ever seeing the evidence. We have no problem with the Saints being punished, but, as it has been said ad nauseum, not the extent Goodell has acted. Especially when other players have admitted they have been involved in the same practice. Pay For Performance, not “Bounties”. Bounties is a Goodell and media term. Not one Saints player or official has “admitted” to bounties to injure despite the reports that they have. They have said what they did (PFP) was wrong.

  54. slayer1224 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:22 PM

    What is the point of going through an appeal, if Goodell decides that too?

    This process is so flawed.

    Goodell= Judge, Jury, & Executioner

  55. drgreenstreak says: Apr 4, 2012 10:23 PM

    But just wait til we get the player’s results!

  56. prrebel says: Apr 4, 2012 10:24 PM

    justanotherdummy says: Apr 4, 2012 9:51 PM

    A state legislature with some of the worst schools in the nation has better things to do than stick up for a group that lied in the face of the comissioner. Shut your pie holes and find some funding to help kids learn to read, idiots.

    ___________________________________Louisiana’s grade improved — from a C to a C+. Louisiana’s letter grade also surpassed the national average of C. In addition, the state’s s national ranking improved, from 27th in 2010 to 21st in 2011. The state’s overall standing has improved considerably since 2009 – when the state was ranked 35th in the nation.

    What school did you go to???? You can’t even spell commissioner and you call people from Louisiana idiots?????

  57. cbass59 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:24 PM

    Do we really need another reason to make fun of the south?

  58. zimaman says: Apr 4, 2012 10:25 PM

    Most states have a boat load of idiots in their state legislature

    Looks like Louisiana is not an exception to this rule

    Hey boys why don’t you try to resolve some bigger issues in your state instead of wasting your time playing homeboy

  59. randomjim says: Apr 4, 2012 10:26 PM

    The procedures by which the NFL operates should be reevaluated.
    This is not the poster child for this cause.

  60. guppies66 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:27 PM

    Florio, I am surprised you are so naive. I respect most of your opinions.

    Sure, the NFL might benefit from an independent party taking the heat for doing what needs to be done. But what happens if they get stuck with an independent party like Judge Doty? No thanks! Goodell, stick to your guns and clean up the game.

    The only important issue here is that criminal acts cannot be permitted within the game, and offering $10,000 to intentionally injure another person is a criminal act in any setting, even professional football.

    The Louisiana Senate is showing their favoritism. They should and could investigate the alleged bounty offers themselves, however they achieve their own vote-getting goals by appeasing local public outcry by pretending to pressure the NFL.

    Williams, Payton, Loomis, Vitt and Vilma are lucky that they are not all going to jail. If Favre had any guts, he’d press charges and sue each of them, given that the needed evidence to prosecute the case and to win his suit has already been admitted to by those involved.

  61. geniusesq says: Apr 4, 2012 10:27 PM

    Who is this Senate?? Who among you shall defy me? Who?? I am Sir Roger GOD-dell. You’re all welcome. Are you not entertained??

  62. drgreenstreak says: Apr 4, 2012 10:27 PM

    Isn’t the Louisiana Senate still trying to decide on dog fighting?
    Funny how teams can take on the corruption of their state’s politicians. Is there any state more famous for open corruption and draconian law than Louisiana?

  63. prrebel says: Apr 4, 2012 10:27 PM

    pfii63 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:51 PM

    Dear Louisiana,

    Go to Hell.

    Sincerely,

    NFL Fans in 49 other states
    _____________________________________

    Dear NFL Fans from 49 other states,

    Kiss our swampy a$$,

    Warmest regards,

    Louisiana

  64. wtfru2 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:28 PM

    What’s upthis? It’s now I’ll take full responsibility, unless someone can get me off…..

  65. geniusesq says: Apr 4, 2012 10:28 PM

    Dear Louisiana – The rest of the country calls for you to have Mardi Gras year round.

  66. sarcasticks says: Apr 4, 2012 10:30 PM

    If you look closely, the sign says “Bet a Saint.” I would bet a Saint that he couldn’t take the quarterback out of the game, but I’m pretty sure that’s already been done.

  67. horntoady says: Apr 4, 2012 10:32 PM

    The Louisiana Senate needs to go buy a lunch bucket.

  68. packerfanfordecades says: Apr 4, 2012 10:33 PM

    That government committee has heaped disgrace upon itself. Yikes.

    Makes me wonder if those committee members which held season tickets to NOrleans games remained silent during the deliberations and recused themselves from the vote so as to sustain some semblance of impartiality.

    While they were busy fixing Louisiana’s reputation in the world without an invitation, I hope they also found time to vote for banning the pesticides which are killing honey bees in their state, and to legislate against second-hand smoke in structures, and to ban pink slime beef additives from crossing their borders.

    .

  69. lostsok says: Apr 4, 2012 10:34 PM

    Define “widespread,” cause I don’t see a lot of people who feel that way.

  70. spfripp says: Apr 4, 2012 10:35 PM

    I guess if you are going to break the law you should do it in Louisiana, after all they are all about leniency.

  71. randomguy9999 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:37 PM

    Sure, we’ll soften it…..

    Hey, can I have a get out of jail free card so I don’t have to worry when I come to New Orleans and mug your son for his ring, put him out of work for weeks, and eventually end his career?

  72. jerrykill4pres says: Apr 4, 2012 10:38 PM

    Roger should say….. “you know what naw oleans… I decided we are going to move the superbowl this year. Sorry, but your SOL. You can’t play by our rules, and own up to your mistakes, then we can change the rules too.”

    New Orleans, and their fans are making a bigger deal out of this, and dragging it out worse than it has to be. Their “almighty” fans, their “holier than thou” attitude all needs to go.

    Your team effed up! Then they repeatidly lied to Roger. When proof was there, and they finally admitted it, they were busted.. Now they have these moronic players that still are lying about it. Look, your caught! Your hand is in the cookie jar..Your busted! No “ifs”, “ans” or “buts” about it… Just man up, take your punishment, and move on.

    Quit being such whiney lil biotches!

  73. sepnasty says: Apr 4, 2012 10:38 PM

    so if someone commits a crime and the majority of people think his punishment was to harsh will the state senate step in and ask the judge to reconsider? what a crock!

  74. stevenfbrackett says: Apr 4, 2012 10:39 PM

    Unbelievable. You would think a state with such a bad reputation for crooked acts would be trying to discourage acts that re-enforce the image instead of encouraging it to flourish.

    Do they realize they are saying attempted assault is A-OK and nothing to get upset about? Seriously. They are actually encouraging violent crime.

  75. gb4mn0 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:39 PM

    pacificamjr says:
    Apr 4, 2012 9:51 PM
    Thousands of failing schools.
    Caused by inept public school teachers worried more about promoting the social agenda of the left than teaching our children the remedial skills necessary to gain a valid education.

    Millions suffering from out of control student loan debt.
    So you want the taxpayers to bail your dumb ass out because you failed to get a valid education in the failing school system that should have taught you the skills necessary to get a well paying job.

    Scores of home owners under water in their mortgage.
    Due to Liberal government forcing the banks to grant mortgages to millions of unqualified people. All done for politically correct reasons.

    Out of control obesity and health care.
    So we need a nanny central state government to not only police what we eat but also relinquish or rights to chose our health care providers and turn it over to a bunch of hateful, power mongering lefties who’ll dole out health care based on political alliances.

    You can jam your disingenuous, self-serving social concerns where the sun don’t shine.

  76. bfinbrian says: Apr 4, 2012 10:40 PM

    Way to go! A bunch of overpaid liars and cheats pleading for another bunch of overpaid liars and cheats

  77. hey804 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:42 PM

    I’m from Louisiana and I’m not here to defend the Saints, the State’s political culture, or bitch about the penalties imposed by the league. It is what it is.

    But what I would like to comment on is the pure glee a lot of opposing fans are getting out of this, especially those of the Vikings and NFC South rivals. And I get it. I would absolutely love for this to happen to the Falcons or our earlier nemesis, the 49ers. We all remember the jubilation we felt when the Patriots got caught cheating. It was awesome. I can remember drinking beers with my friends and shouting that the Patriots should have an asterisk next to all those Super Bowls. Like I said, I get it. I’ve been there.

    But how do you expect us Saints fans to react? How do you expect any loyal fan base to act? Just look at how crazy and illogical the Penn State situation got. Had this happened to Green Bay, Philly, Oakland, Pittsburg, or any other loyal fan base do you really think they(you?) would act so differently? Of course not. They’d bitch about how everyone else was doing it too, yada yada yada and about how Goodell has too much power etc etc etc. It’s human nature and part of being a fan(atic). It’s sports. It’s not supposed to be logical. And to be honest with you, I might be a little disappointed if we Saints fans reacted any differently.

  78. alldonesmith says: Apr 4, 2012 10:42 PM

    Man, that whole STATE is full of whiners!

  79. tinopuno says: Apr 4, 2012 10:43 PM

    God, I know it’s probably horrible of me to ask but with another hurricane season fast approaching, do you think maybe…oh that’s right! It’s the Devil who makes the weather. Do you have he email address by any chance?

  80. athoula707 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:44 PM

    Louisiana Senate go get life and work on things needs to be worked on and don’t wast your time these bounty hunters. Saints are done and should be punished. Payton and saint go to hell…

  81. baddegg says: Apr 4, 2012 10:44 PM

    That is just embarrassing.

  82. jbniner says: Apr 4, 2012 10:45 PM

    What ever happened to doing the right thing, and then taking your medicine when you don’t?

  83. drisdale says: Apr 4, 2012 10:47 PM

    Oh ok. By by the way Ornstein, how are your friends in the Senate doing these days?

  84. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 4, 2012 10:48 PM

    To some people, sports ARE a religion and as such the rules of “separation of church and state” should apply.

  85. theytukrjobs says: Apr 4, 2012 10:48 PM

    Am I the only one that thinks they got off easy? Most professions would not allow you to keep a job if you pulled that kind of crap.

  86. prplpuzzetrz says: Apr 4, 2012 10:52 PM

    Great posts! It’s good to see so many that are focused on education and debt! Finally, a group of people with intelligent things to say! Great reads!

  87. hutch119 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:52 PM

    Haha Louisiana is a funny place. This should be so far down their list of things to do.

  88. keepitsimplestoopid says: Apr 4, 2012 10:52 PM

    Right or wrong, I wonder if the legislature would make a power play and try to revoke permits/deny/hinder the upcoming Super Bowl.

    I would definitely break out the popcorn for that kind of spectacle.

  89. christhefish says: Apr 4, 2012 10:52 PM

    Even after the fines and suspensions, the stone-cold fact is that the Saints won a Superbowl Championship that year. They still have the rings to prove it. Without their cheating tactics, they probably would not have made it to the big game. I think that they and the state of Louisiana should count their blessings and shut the hell up.

  90. mbart82 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:53 PM

    The citizens of Louisiana should be embarrassed by the public officials they have elected! News flash Louisiana senate….all saints fans think the penalties are to harsh. Guess what though your team aimed to end careers and deserves the punishment. Just like when we were all kids…if you lie it only makes it worse!!!

  91. 808raiderinparadise says: Apr 4, 2012 10:53 PM

    The senate? Last time I checked Louisiana has some other important issues.

  92. cdkreb says: Apr 4, 2012 10:53 PM

    Is Louisiana the dumbest state in the union?

  93. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Apr 4, 2012 10:56 PM

    Suck it Louisiana!

  94. nepo784 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:00 PM

    WAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! New Orleans Taints. Embarrassment to the NFL

  95. getadealdonealready says: Apr 4, 2012 11:01 PM

    The reason they are in this mess is they weren’t honest when they had the chance. Now the punishment comes and they are whining and complaining. I say take away more until they learn, hey the NFL can keep going, suspending players, fines, loss of more draft picks, and take away the lombardi. I’d say take your lumps and go away.

  96. vikescry1 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:01 PM

    DCBlueStar says:
    Apr 4, 2012 9:53 PM
    LOL… Wow. Saints Fans, Staff, Players and Coaches: You are NOT the only team in the NFL. You are, however, required to act within the Guidelines of the NFL just like every other NFL team. You didn’t. You deserved the punishment you got.

    Stop trying to act like you wouldn’t be as furious about finding out there was a bounty on Brees… and that you wouldn’t be that thrilled to see this happen to another team… Especially like the Buccaneers, Falcons or Panthers.

    Build a bridge. Cry me a river, then get over it.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————- it just doesn’t get explained better than this. although when i did something bad and lied about it and got caught when i was little, i didn’t think the arse beating was deserving either. but now that i’m an adult i realized i needed it. and so do you New Orleans.

  97. rabbdogg says: Apr 4, 2012 11:01 PM

    oh..make no mistake..its widespread that the penalties are too harsh but people with common sense and the ones that truely know football…we already know how the haters feel..so why dont u post this comment and so many others like this one instead of deleting it and only posting the saints haters comment PFT..

  98. saintsvstheworld says: Apr 4, 2012 11:02 PM

    Hey fans from 49 other states…we know we have corrupt government, or at least we used to, we know that we’re different and that no one understands us and that we suck the heads off of the best seafood in the nation. We’re passionate about having the most eclectic, cultured city in the country that…despite a population under 500k boasts the nation’s highest tourism %. We know that coming to our state is like coming to a foreign country and we know that by spending the money you do when you come here…you love it too! We like being different, we like being misunderstood, we don’t care what you think…we are WHO DAT NATION and as far as going to Hell…we’ve been there and back countless times…the sooner you realize that we don’t care what you think the more content you’ll be because Lord knows…we are! WHO DAT! GEAUX LOUISIANA SENATE!

  99. iberiasaint says: Apr 4, 2012 11:03 PM

    Did you expect the Louisiana Senate to pass a resolution asking the NFL to double the punishment?

  100. acinsd says: Apr 4, 2012 11:04 PM

    The Saints are now positioning themselves from being a team that a casual or neutral fan pulls for to a team nobody will root for. Just proof that the coverup is always worse than the crime. Look at your Super Bowl trophy, do your time and stop crying!

  101. 6ball says: Apr 4, 2012 11:09 PM

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    Louisiana : America’s Think Tank

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  102. dtrb10 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:09 PM

    You cheated! You got what you deserved!

  103. dirtierwater says: Apr 4, 2012 11:14 PM

    If the penalties were given to Chicago instead, palms would already be greased and a successful appeal, a foregone conclusion. Punch of amateurs running NOLA.

  104. xviixxiixxvi says: Apr 4, 2012 11:15 PM

    I always find it hilarious when government bodies take the time for false issues like this. Is there nothing more pressing to consume their time?

  105. mac3333 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:15 PM

    Quake in terror once mighty NFL. The Louisiana State Senate is on the case.

  106. bigwinintx says: Apr 4, 2012 11:17 PM

    What exactly has Sean Payton done to warrant this kind of rallying cry?

    He LIED to his team’s owner.
    He LIED to the NFL’s investigators.
    He ENCOURAGED his players to play OUTSIDE the rules.
    He STOOD BACK while his defensive coordinator turned finely tuned players into HIRED GOONS.
    And he brought SHAME to a city that needed a hero.

    So yeah, let’s ignore all the negatives and fraudulent behaviors and sidestep the anger of the rest of the league and get this guy a pardon from the Louisiana Senate.

    When will you people grab some morals and shake your head in disgust about this?
    Oh I know, never, right? Right.

  107. hyzers says: Apr 4, 2012 11:18 PM

    I’m surprised the La. legislature isn’t busy trying to retard the science curriculum even further and had time to pass this legislation.

    La. public schools are the laughing stock of America.

  108. seattlesuperchronic says: Apr 4, 2012 11:20 PM

    pfii63

    Yes!

  109. carlsbadboltfan says: Apr 4, 2012 11:21 PM

    The Louisana State Senate has gotten involved?

    Really?

    REALLY?

    Yet another example of government getting involved where it shouldn’t.

  110. zn0rseman says: Apr 4, 2012 11:22 PM

    I can’t decide which state is more corrupt, Michgan or Louisiana.

  111. zaggs says: Apr 4, 2012 11:23 PM

    Well I for one am packing my bags to move to Louisiana! I mean that state and everywhere in it must be perfect! No crime, no pollution, no environmental disasters and no unemployment. Perfection would give the state legislature plenty of time to focus on the total nonsensical crap!

  112. eagles92 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:23 PM

    Hahaha these are some of the greatest comments in the history of profootballtalk.com honestly if there was a comment hall of fame some of these would be first ballots

  113. The Prophet says: Apr 4, 2012 11:24 PM

    I know everyone within the borders of Lousiana are all taking turns with their grandstand statements to kiss the constituents butts by making Sean Payton the Treyvon Martin of Lousiana and all, but all they’re doing is alienating the other 49 states and making people all over the country put Lousiana on the list of last places to visit.

  114. saklr1 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:25 PM

    Anything for a vote these days…

  115. saintij says: Apr 4, 2012 11:25 PM

    Even as a SAINTS FAN I find that a little dumb….. its bad en0ugh this faint hope of a break still exist (CHILD PLEAZZZE!) ROGER don’t play!!!

    Just hope they get DREW signed long term and find some depth in the depths of this years draft…..and next.

    GO SAINTS!!!!!!!!!

  116. mkepackfan says: Apr 4, 2012 11:26 PM

    Doesn’t the Louisiana legislature have more important things to do for their citizens like reducing their obesity & increasing the number of teeth they have?

  117. vikingdoode says: Apr 4, 2012 11:27 PM

    lol this is pure classic… keep it up and you’ll forever lose the super bowls…Crooked team, crooked political system”good ole boy”, crooked police…..typical crap down in the bayou…

    WHO DAT….rats is that

  118. sloppydogg says: Apr 4, 2012 11:28 PM

    We only have a few things to look forward to down here in Saints country, Who Dat and my good old friend Troy ” choot Lizbez choot”

  119. jimw81 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:28 PM

    As I said before, Saints wanted to make this a circus and they have won. i’m all for Goodell to go nuclear on Saints now. Come on Roger, double all suspensions.

  120. snoopyjoecool says: Apr 4, 2012 11:33 PM

    It’s a committee resolution by a small committee for government operations not the whole Senate. The state senate has to vote. Misleading title on the article. Go to the committee website, you can watch the whole thing from the recorded meeting. Still it’s a joke that government thinks they should get involved.

  121. m2karateman says: Apr 4, 2012 11:43 PM

    If I’m Roger Goodell, I tell Louisiana to enjoy the upcoming Super Bowl, because it will be the last one their state EVER hosts if they choose to get involved in NFL affairs again via their lame State Congress.

    I know this may be tough for most folks in Louisiana, but give it a go.

    Go get a dictionary, and look up two words. Remember the definitions of those words, and what they mean to why your team got bitch slapped.
    Now, they are big words…so get some help from someone from a bordering state if they confuse you.

    A-C-C-O-U-N-T-A-B-I-L-I-T-Y

    R-E-C-I-P-R-O-S-I-T-Y

    That should keep you occupied until the Super Bowl in 2013 is over.

  122. revilious says: Apr 4, 2012 11:43 PM

    They should ban all the players involved as well. These are criminals, nothing more. Disgusting trash needs to be thrown away, not kept.

  123. thesportsguy33 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:45 PM

    hey804 says:
    Apr 4, 2012 10:42 PM
    I’m from Louisiana and I’m not here to defend the Saints, the State’s political culture, or bitch about the penalties imposed by the league. It is what it is.

    But what I would like to comment on is the pure glee a lot of opposing fans are getting out of this, especially those of the Vikings and NFC South rivals. And I get it. I would absolutely love for this to happen to the Falcons or our earlier nemesis, the 49ers. We all remember the jubilation we felt when the Patriots got caught cheating. It was awesome. I can remember drinking beers with my friends and shouting that the Patriots should have an asterisk next to all those Super Bowls. Like I said, I get it. I’ve been there.

    But how do you expect us Saints fans to react? How do you expect any loyal fan base to act? Just look at how crazy and illogical the Penn State situation got. Had this happened to Green Bay, Philly, Oakland, Pittsburg, or any other loyal fan base do you really think they(you?) would act so differently? Of course not. They’d bitch about how everyone else was doing it too, yada yada yada and about how Goodell has too much power etc etc etc. It’s human nature and part of being a fan(atic). It’s sports. It’s not supposed to be logical. And to be honest with you, I might be a little disappointed if we Saints fans reacted any differently.

    Ya well that works both ways buddy. How do you expect fans from other teams to react to all the WHINING coming out of NAWLEANS? I feel that the line was crossed. Why do I have to read about the stupid politicos sticking their noses where it doesn’t belong. And before you say “well stop reading about it then” please realize that I can say the same thing to you. They did the deeds, lied about it, and they need to accept the penalty. Is it harsh YES Is it too harsh PROBABLY. But like you said “It is what it is”

  124. sec627fan says: Apr 4, 2012 11:45 PM

    You people are sad to say the least,no coach deserves to loose a hole season….not for legal hits and NFL proof that they were legal hits and if they were not they got fined already….All teams do what the Saints did and it was not a bounty,Just rewards for big plays and if you think your team doesn’t do it well Guess again…the Saints didn’t cheat they played the game hard just like any other team in the league does,thats what its all about not for sissy’s you play for that big hit not for don’t touch me I’m to fragile thats Football ….Get real, just be fans not Haters…New England cheated and nothing happened to them so why should the Saints be any different……

  125. dublindemonszfl says: Apr 4, 2012 11:47 PM

    MN and AZ senates want to have a cage match with the drunkin druggy LA senate.

  126. twodat says: Apr 4, 2012 11:50 PM

    Mississippi and Alabama also have lots of Saints fans. I have colleagues in these states and most of our offices wear black and gold. At the dome, I sit with people who are from different states that stay in New Orleans for the games. The streets are nearly deserted when the games are on. We have a waiting list of 50,000 fans!! Get the picture?

  127. mjkelly77 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:52 PM

    Louisiana Senate calls for NFL to reconsider bounty sanctions.
    __________________________

    Soon they’ll be saying that they had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Hurricane Katrina.

  128. gasnoob says: Apr 4, 2012 11:53 PM

    That was quite possibly one of the weakest, most scatterbrain arguments I’ve ever heard for ANYTHING. Is this why you abandoned law?

    Seriously, I kept waiting for you to say “OMG.”

  129. ajpurp says: Apr 5, 2012 12:01 AM

    To everyone saying fans of other teams would cry too… Maybe whiny “new” franchises but I know for a fact if my team did this, I might think it was a bit harsh but not for one second would I think it was undeserved. I would say F the coach, he messed up and can deal with it. As for the draft picks, yeah I’d be upset but I wouldn’t be crying about it on every message board. I would look at the Pats, be like okay the league did what it basically HAD to do, that’s life. Happens to most teams, whether players or institution, sooner or later. Seriously, move on. You have Brees, you’ll be good again just like the Pats. Stop whining like a baby franchise you are.

  130. hairpie says: Apr 5, 2012 12:04 AM

    Remember when the Pats were penalized for breaking a rule? and they shut up, didnt lie, accepted punishment and moved on? Yeah, me too.

  131. 7ransponder says: Apr 5, 2012 12:05 AM

    This team is going to get booed HARD playing on the road next season.

  132. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Apr 5, 2012 12:05 AM

    New Orleans has now surpassed Detroit as the dumbest city in America.

  133. drozman says: Apr 5, 2012 12:17 AM

    Dear France,

    What is your return policy?

  134. charger383 says: Apr 5, 2012 12:28 AM

    If old Huey P. Long were still running things in Louisiana, he would have told Goodell just what he could do and Goodell would have listened. Huey was the type who would have made Peyton the Governor’s special agent in charge of professional football for the state with full authority reporting only to the governor.

  135. ivibaileyivi says: Apr 5, 2012 12:32 AM

    This is the icing on the cake, its telling me Louisiana Senate knows the AINTS cheated and will attempt to over ride the NFL… Not going to happen. You morons cheated and risked what you call your brothers careers by tryng to take them out for petty cash, thats flat out SCUM!! Its beyond DISGUSTING. AINTS and the Senate deserve each other. Who dat nation?? You a CHEATING nation!!!!!

    *2009 SUPER BOWL CHAMPION NEW ORLEAN SAINTS*

    *CHEATERS!!!

  136. sdave1971 says: Apr 5, 2012 12:35 AM

    andyreidisfat says:
    Apr 4, 2012 10:03 PM
    Wow. I gotta say as someone whom truly hates how American governments work, this is just another piece of evidence.

    These losers have a state where WHOLE cites are still in ruins yet they think the local sports team is what’s important.

    ———–
    Andy, how about leaving your mom’s basement or turn the video game off and watch the news. Louisiana does not have whole cities in ruins. I’m not sure where you’re getting your information from but you’re completely wrong.
    The problem with the penalties is they hurt the fans, who are completely innocent in this whole fiasco. Suspending Payton and other coaches only hurts the fans. If Goodell cared at all about the fans, he would fine everyone involved their year’s salary. That way the fans, who again are completely innocent.
    FREE SEAN PAYTON!!!!

  137. ascensionparish says: Apr 5, 2012 12:44 AM

    pacificamjr says:Apr 4, 2012 9:51 PM

    Thousands of failing schools.
    Millions suffering from out of control student loan debt.
    Scores of homeowners underwater in their mortgages.
    Out of control obesity and health care costs.

    And congress sits back and concerns themselves with a few millionaires that play a game for a living! PATHETIC!
    —————————————–

    As New Orleans native and Louisiana resident, I wish our state politicians would read this and take heart.

  138. christopher525 says: Apr 5, 2012 12:46 AM

    You know, for the fact that they have the nerve to appeal this, I would get even more harsh with the penalty. Seriously, you’re caught in a lie then CONTINUE to lie, to your employer, over and over. You then decide, once it’s all been thrown back in your face, it’s a good idea to ask for a less strict punishment? “Nope, I didn’t kill that man…so my figerprints are there, there’s video AND audio, as well as still photos, doesn’t matter, I’m innocent…ok, you got me, I know you sentenced me to death, but I would prefer 2 years, tops.”

  139. redstar504 says: Apr 5, 2012 12:55 AM

    Welcome to politics 101 it’s a no brainier move since 99.9% of Louisiana agrees that the punishments were nuts. It is how u get votes go with the tide besides that tool a whole 60 seconds to pass and propose

  140. spfripp says: Apr 5, 2012 1:03 AM

    hey804 says:
    Apr 4, 2012 10:42 PM
    I’m from Louisiana and I’m not here to defend the Saints, the State’s political culture, or bitch about the penalties imposed by the league. It is what it is.

    But what I would like to comment on is the pure glee a lot of opposing fans are getting out of this, especially those of the Vikings and NFC South rivals. And I get it. I would absolutely love for this to happen to the Falcons or our earlier nemesis, the 49ers. We all remember the jubilation we felt when the Patriots got caught cheating. It was awesome. I can remember drinking beers with my friends and shouting that the Patriots should have an asterisk next to all those Super Bowls. Like I said, I get it. I’ve been there.

    But how do you expect us Saints fans to react? How do you expect any loyal fan base to act? Just look at how crazy and illogical the Penn State situation got. Had this happened to Green Bay, Philly, Oakland, Pittsburg, or any other loyal fan base do you really think they(you?) would act so differently? Of course not. They’d bitch about how everyone else was doing it too, yada yada yada and about how Goodell has too much power etc etc etc. It’s human nature and part of being a fan(atic). It’s sports. It’s not supposed to be logical. And to be honest with you, I might be a little disappointed if we Saints fans reacted any differently.

    ___________________________________

    I am a loyal Dolphin fan and for me to come out and say that shows my loyalty. Being serious though, if Miami was busted for such of a bounty system I would be pissed off at my team and not Goodell or the league. The fact that they would stoop so low as to not only threaten a person’s career but their health would piss me off as a fan. I would also be pissed off that they put my team in such a position. I would be disappointed if my team took part of such a cowardly act.

  141. cmpenny says: Apr 5, 2012 1:04 AM

    You’ve GOT to be kidding me! That’s Louisiana for ya I guess. I refuse to believe that the NFL bounty sanctions is the ONLY thing the State Senate feels it should be involved in. FIRST off, it was a heinous act, and something the Saints deserved to be punished GREATLY for. Second, REALLY? Is that state so damn backwoods backwards that it’s senate is concerning itself with NFL matters? How pathetic ARE they in Louisiana?

  142. packerfansarefat says: Apr 5, 2012 1:06 AM

    Dear Louisiana,

    No one else looks at you the way you obviously THINK we do!!! I have had Katrina forced down my throat longer than we need to…now you idiots think that we are on your side over THIS?? We have stood by your side when you needed us……now you people look like absolute SELFISH fools!! Instead of cheering your team and city, you will now be booed at every game you attend and hated by all NFL fans outside your state if you don’t just SHUT THE H>>L UP!!

    Sincerely,
    Normal people

  143. saintsfan1111 says: Apr 5, 2012 1:22 AM

    Here is New Orleans, we could care less what you disturbed people think. We have enough problems of our own.

  144. kodakinvegas says: Apr 5, 2012 1:31 AM

    Congratulations Mike and Pro Football Talk, you opened up the gates and let the water roll. You turned a mess into a hailstorm of laughter and amusement I have laughed.so hard my stomach hurts. It’s as good a boxing match as I’ve ever seen including Ali-Frazier! This stuff can’t be made up. It’s sad, but it’s funny, pinch after punch and nobody hurt! Thats how you overcome differences. I concur with most of the posters against the Saints but God ya gotta love the fight in the Saints fans. Going back to the punches in the marshes. Thanks Mike

  145. camarosandsaints says: Apr 5, 2012 1:42 AM

    Saints Fans are #1! Bounty or not, we gonna give you a beatdown this year!

  146. caliangel08 says: Apr 5, 2012 1:49 AM

    I love all these comments .

    Anyone consider that the State of Louisiana has an agreement with the Saints and as per the agreement could be obligated to pay the Saints millions of dollars , if the Saints have a bad season and cannot generate the minimum guaranteed revenue ???

    So let’s take a post like :

    “thejuddstir says: Apr 4, 2012 10:10 PM

    When anyone of the other 49 State legislatures passes the same resolution then I too will support some lienency for the Taints. Until then, I submit that the State with one of the worst educational systems in the U.S., highest poverty rates, lowest literacy rate, highest unemployment rates and highest redneck rates should have more important things for it’s legislature to do than throw it’s corrupt political weight behind it’s corrupt football team. Here’s lookin’ at you Louisiana.”

    Now lets look at possible reasons why the Senate could possibly be interested in the Saints fielding a competitive team .

    How about saving millions of dollars ???

    Money that could be spent on education , could be spent on education if the state does not have to pay the Saints .

    A few moments of floor time and the Senators could save the state millions without any budget cuts , great job guys wish we had these guys in California ……..

  147. yojoemama says: Apr 5, 2012 1:49 AM

    Saints and everything affiliated with it (i.e. Louisiana) are becoming a joke. What a bunch of clowns.

  148. hedleykow says: Apr 5, 2012 1:59 AM

    And when you think about it, Louisiana is known for illegal bounty programs since the beginning of law enforcement. Of course they don’t get it. They don’t get anything.

  149. slick3 says: Apr 5, 2012 2:01 AM

    jeremyjr10 says:
    Apr 4, 2012 10:04 PM

    the punishments are to harsh for something that has been widespread through the league for many years stop telling us to get over it cause if it was your team you would be crying over the punishments too just try and tell yourself that you wouldn’t if that makes you sleep well at night so get off your soap box and stop criticizing people for taking up for their team when you would do the same thing if it was your team
    ============================================

    WRONG!! Hey knucklehead my team would deserve the same punishment as well only I’d be crying because the dopes allowed themselves to be caught.

  150. gavriloprincip33 says: Apr 5, 2012 2:02 AM

    I went to NOLA in 2000 and it was a dump. Not sure why anyone would want to live there…

  151. yojoemama says: Apr 5, 2012 2:09 AM

    Sean Payton is my new hero. Through this ingenious plan, he has displayed his true self: breaking rules, lying, running an illegal gambling ring, evading taxes on unreported income, etc. He was also auditioning to Bob Kraft for his next dig. It’s like the next coming of Bill Belicheat, the hoodie master. And now he’s got the politicians in his pocket too. Absolute genius lol.

  152. roycewhittedsaintsfan says: Apr 5, 2012 2:18 AM

    Dear the other 49 states,
    We know what we did, We were wrong, so what? so what if our coach lied.We’re going to get over it and get back to winning championships and playing smashmouth football
    and at the end of the season, we’ll be at the stage at the end of the Super Bowl, with Roger handing us the Lombardi Trophy once again…
    -From
    The Entire Who Dat nation
    #TwoDat

  153. whoknowsnothing says: Apr 5, 2012 2:21 AM

    Some where the ESPN crew is doing their C’mon Man!!!! session to the Louisiana Senate for calling the NFL to reconsider bounty sanctions.

    Instead of this the Louisiana Senate should be trying to come up with a way to lower the gas prices, if they can lower gas to $2 a gallon than maybe the NFL should listen to them, maybe.

  154. dc4546 says: Apr 5, 2012 3:26 AM

    I would really hate to be an opposing fan at a Saints home game this year…

  155. jimthebuilder27 says: Apr 5, 2012 3:40 AM

    Did Arlen Specter move to Louisiana amd convince the legislature to do this?

  156. commonsensedude says: Apr 5, 2012 4:58 AM

    Louisiana politicians – you guys should stop talking back to King Roger. He has spoken, y’all. If he thinks you broke any rules by issuing this resolution, he might try to take away your electoral votes.

  157. electionconfidential says: Apr 5, 2012 5:02 AM

    The punishments weren’t harsh enough. Maybe the NFL needs to show the Saints what harsh punishment really is. How about the entire team sits out a season? Payton banished for life maybe? Louisiana is a deeply corrupt state and that’s why they don’t understand their punishment. Oh, almost forgot, maybe the NFL should take away their Super Bowl trophy due to the bounty on Favre.

  158. dumplingsrbrown says: Apr 5, 2012 5:15 AM

    Congrats people of Louisiana! Your politicians are now as officially retarded as the ones in Minnesota!

  159. mdd913 says: Apr 5, 2012 5:39 AM

    It is stupid that the Louisiana legislature has wasted their time on such things.

    But it is downright disturbing to see the hateful stereotypes and utter bigotry on display in the guise of moral outrage and social concerns in some of the user comments here.

    I feel sorry for a lot of you. You aren’t fooling anybody, and you’re just as dispicable as the people at which you turn up your self-superior noses.

    Embarassing.

  160. mdd913 says: Apr 5, 2012 5:48 AM

    And to those who would wish another awful natural disaster on the state of Louisiana, rest assured we do not feel the same way when it comes to you.

    Because no matter what disgusting things you may say from the safe anonymity of a message board, no one deserves to deal with death and suffering of that magnitude.

  161. marcinhouston says: Apr 5, 2012 6:04 AM

    It is amazing how much hate there is for Louisiana as a region in this comment thread. When you make these generalizations, you are no better than a racist, and I hope you enjoy verbally lynching the Saints.

  162. mrlaloosh says: Apr 5, 2012 6:05 AM

    As a New Orleanian & rabid SAINTS fan I am truly embarrassed by the idiots we elect both local & nationally.

    “NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF STUPID PEOPLE IN LARGE NUMBERS”
    I hope the penalties are softened but it is what it is.

  163. londonbengal says: Apr 5, 2012 7:01 AM

    Dear Louisiana,

    ‘Your’ Saints ran a bounty programme encouraging your players to deliberately target injury on other pro-sportsmen for cash payments . This is against the league rules that apply to all 32 teams.

    Expect a severe punishment for this misdemeanour.

    Expect that punishment to then be doubled when your executive management lied to the commissioner about the existence of that bounty programme.

    Expect the players involved to also then be sanctioned for being involved; not only for breaking NFL salary cap rules, but I suspect the IRS will also be intested in learning about payments of undeclared taxable incomes.

    If Louisiana thinks the punishment is over, it may not have barely started yet.

  164. chay1985 says: Apr 5, 2012 7:02 AM

    Love my home state, but these dudes are smoking something. Never gonna happen. The NFL does not care about what you guys think. I feel that the punishment was too harsh simply because the evidence hasn’t been presented to the public that players were paid to injure. If and when they present the evidence that shows that then I would probably think differently. If they were paid to injure, then they deserve punishment, Sean Payton shouldn’t have let it continue, simple as that. Once they were investigated for it after the first season they should have stopped. Love the Saints, one of the biggest Saints fans ever but I say take your punishment, get over it, and go play ball.

  165. eaststsfb says: Apr 5, 2012 7:08 AM

    jeremyjr10 says:Apr 4, 2012 10:04 PM

    the punishments are to harsh for something that has been widespread through the league for many years stop telling us to get over it cause if it was your team you would be crying over the punishments too just try and tell yourself that you wouldn’t if that makes you sleep well at night so get off your soap box and stop criticizing people for taking up for their team when you would do the same thing if it was your team

    Cry all you want, they were caught and busted. Suck it up. And another thing, punctuation is a good thing!!

  166. lnfinite says: Apr 5, 2012 7:18 AM

    They are better served to solve more important things like unemployment and infrastructure after natural disasters. Crying for mercy on a team that cheated and lied about it is a complete joke.

    Hit them where it really hurts vacate their championship they treasure over sanctions and fines.

  167. captaintriumph says: Apr 5, 2012 7:28 AM

    Hey Louisiana, you got a Super Bowl you didn’t deserve, the least you could do is take this little penalty without whining.

  168. alaric411 says: Apr 5, 2012 7:33 AM

    Hey Louisiana Senate:
    The NFL will consider reducing the penalties about the same time that the Saints hand over the Super Bowl trophy and rings to Vikes.

    Signed,

    An irate Vikes fan.

  169. eagleswin says: Apr 5, 2012 8:03 AM

    chay1985 says:Apr 5, 2012 7:02 AM

    Love my home state, but these dudes are smoking something. Never gonna happen. The NFL does not care about what you guys think. I feel that the punishment was too harsh simply because the evidence hasn’t been presented to the public that players were paid to injure. If and when they present the evidence that shows that then I would probably think differently. If they were paid to injure, then they deserve punishment, Sean Payton shouldn’t have let it continue, simple as that. Once they were investigated for it after the first season they should have stopped. Love the Saints, one of the biggest Saints fans ever but I say take your punishment, get over it, and go play ball.

    ——————————

    What we do know, what the coaches have admitted, is that the coaches intended to pay for injuries and furthermore actively covered up that fact (lied) for several years.

    In my opinion those are the most important facts and I do not believe they are in dispute. All the Saints had to do was stop it when asked and the league would’ve swept it under the rug. The Saints made it impossible for the league to make it disappear and embarrassed them.

    For the coaches that’s plenty of evidence. For the players they will need to prove that players participated in it which will be the more interesting discipline.

  170. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 5, 2012 1:28 PM

    Can you imagine what they would do in Wisconsin if this happened to the Packers? They’d probably recall Goodell!

  171. erictheclown says: Apr 5, 2012 1:51 PM

    Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it.

    Taints and fans showing true colors!
    Priceless

  172. bozosforall says: Apr 5, 2012 8:47 PM

    pfii63 says:
    Apr 4, 2012 9:51 PM
    Dear Louisiana,

    Go to Hell.

    Sincerely,

    NFL Fans in 49 other states

    __
    Pure hypocrisy, coming from a Pats fan. Rodney Harrison, the dirtiest player in the NFL, several years running PLUS the fact that Pats fans STILL can’t admit that their team cheated, even though they got caught red-handed.

  173. larryjames836 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:07 AM

    I’m a New Orleans Saints fan and I’m proud of my team because there’s no team in the NFL that are without some kind of skeletons in there closet. From pushing drugs, using drugs, murder, abusive to widest or girls cheating so why is everyone so down on the Saints they are humans. What I love about all the Saints fans we love our team through they up and down we are like other fans they talk down on they team. I live in Dallas, Texas where people’s call themselves true Cowboys fans as long as they winning but don’t let them lose. They call the Cowboys everything but the Dallas Cowboys they go as far as wanting the owner to fired the quarterback. Some of you do the same thing with your team, by do they act like this because they are sore loser the Saints fans are 100% Saints fans. Yes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doing his job we hope because we don’t know if he doing his job are not and we really don’t care. But if you as him what NFL teams has the best fans base he will tell you the New Orleans Saints better known as the WHO DAT NATION. Saints are looking forward to playing ball we been through the strom and talked about so talk don’t hurt.

  174. larryjames836 says: Apr 6, 2012 2:45 AM

    Thanks for the Louisiana Senate trying to help New Orleans Saints because the NFL Commissioner is going off of hear say and the Saints have all the NFL Organizations against them like they are the only team in the NFL as they are saying that had a bounty program if there was one. The Saints are the best team in the NFL I know if you guys go on the internet you will see what Mr.Sean Payton, Mr.Mickey Loomis, coach Vitt.

  175. gerttownmomo says: Apr 6, 2012 8:25 PM

    thejuddstir says: Apr 4, 2012 10:10 PM

    When anyone of the other 49 State legislatures passes the same resolution then I too will support some lienency for the Taints. Until then, I submit that the State with one of the worst educational systems in the U.S., highest poverty rates, lowest literacy rate, highest unemployment rates and highest redneck rates should have more important things for it’s legislature to do than throw it’s corrupt political weight behind it’s corrupt football team. Here’s lookin’ at you Louisiana.

    ***************************************************

    nothing like uninformed rhetoric. that of which you speak sir, would be MISSISSIPPI. get your ‘facts’ straight and you just MIGHT have an intelligent argument.

    go pack! (and whoever is playing the bears!)

  176. gerttownmomo says: Apr 6, 2012 8:42 PM

    eagleswin says: Apr 5, 2012 8:03 AM

    What we do know, what the coaches have admitted, is that the coaches intended to pay for injuries and furthermore actively covered up that fact (lied) for several years.

    In my opinion those are the most important facts and I do not believe they are in dispute.

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    again, we have uninformed rhetoric. let’s look at the ‘facts’ homer.

    greg williams admitted he ran a ‘pay for performance’ program while with the saints. note, nothing about pay for pain, bounty, blah, blah, blah. PERFORMANCE just as has been admitted to by other players and coaches on OTHER teams.

    sean payton took responsibility for not being more diligent.

    now i know this is where you bleeding heart hypocrites get lost and blur the line between your sorry team being able to beat the saints and praying goodell decimates them into submission, but learn the difference between ADMITTING GUILT and TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR SUBORDINATE’S ACTIONS.

    cover up requires destroying evidence and hiding the fact that it ever happened. there was no cover up. they LIED! they NEVER tried to cover it up. they simply denied it existed. if they did try to cover it up i’m not thinking there would be all of this hardcore evidence the nfl has.

    so in conclusion, since NONE of your facts or actually FACTS and since your opinion was based on said NON-EXISTENT facts, your opinion means absolutely SQUAT!

    i will give you this, you make it completely too easy as your screen name says it all and gets the prize for the biggest oxymoron here today. congrats!

    GO PACK! (and whoever is playing the bears!)

  177. rtbragg5 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:58 PM

    larryjames836 says:
    Apr 6, 2012 2:45 AM

    Thanks for the Louisiana Senate trying to help New Orleans Saints because the NFL Commissioner is going off of hear say and the Saints have all the NFL Organizations against them like they are the only team in the NFL as they are saying that had a bounty program if there was one. The Saints are the best team in the NFL I know if you guys go on the internet you will see what Mr.Sean Payton, Mr.Mickey Loomis, coach Vitt.

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    Seriously?

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