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Eli Manning: Goodell did the right thing in Saints’ suspensions

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The NFL Players’ Association says the suspension of four players for their roles in the Saints’ bounty scandal is unfair, but one of the union’s most prominent members says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the right call.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning was asked in a conference call to promote this week’s stint hosting Saturday Night Live what he thought of the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith and Scott Fujita, and Manning said he backs Goodell.

I think he’s doing the right thing to make sure this doesn’t ever happen again,” Manning said. “There’s no room for any type of bounty system in the NFL. You have to respect the game.”

By banishing Gregg Williams indefinitely and suspending Vilma and Sean Payton for a year, Goodell has implemented some of the harshest punishments that the NFL has ever seen. But Manning believes that’s appropriate.

“I think he’s been harsh to try and prove, to make a statement,” Manning said, “that there is no place for this in the game of football.”

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55 Responses to “Eli Manning: Goodell did the right thing in Saints’ suspensions”
  1. robf2010 says: May 3, 2012 11:12 AM

    And everyone gave him a pass on his teammates targeting Kyle Williams because of his concussions.

  2. eagles4thering says: May 3, 2012 11:13 AM

    Only time I’ll ever agree with Eli

  3. cakemixa says: May 3, 2012 11:13 AM

    Eli is just mad because he’ ll never beat the Saints. Gets blown out and thoroughly owned every time he plays them.

  4. bergencountyjc says: May 3, 2012 11:14 AM

    As a Giants fan, Eli is perplexing me much the same way he did up to the 2007 season. So he thinks Goodell has been doing the right thing, but then he says that he thinks Goodell has been harsh in trying to make a statement? Eli…please stick to football, then comedy (SNL) and as a last resort making valid arguements/statements.

  5. jenniferxxx says: May 3, 2012 11:14 AM

    … to make sure it never happens again…

    Don’t forget that part. Cause it makes all the difference.

  6. jeffw says: May 3, 2012 11:14 AM

    Good for you Eli. Not being afraid to voice your opinion. Assuming the allegations are true, he is exactly right.

  7. skins21 says: May 3, 2012 11:14 AM

    Oh, so Gommer Manning is good with the punishments? I guess I can sleep well tonight.

  8. strauss1991 says: May 3, 2012 11:15 AM

    His team targeting Kyle Williams was no better. Thanks for pointing that out in your article…

  9. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: May 3, 2012 11:18 AM

    thank you eli, for offering a sane and logical opinion in the wake of all the noise with guilty players crying and playing the victim.

  10. coachknights says: May 3, 2012 11:19 AM

    Goodell bans SNL!

  11. tombradyallday says: May 3, 2012 11:19 AM

    the man beat belichick and brady twice in last 5 years in s.bowl he could say what he wants

  12. bostonhasrealhockey says: May 3, 2012 11:26 AM

    Man, I was wondering what Eli thinks.

  13. feck12a says: May 3, 2012 11:27 AM

    as long as the commish looks the other way on faking injuries I agree with everything he says. ______ elisha manning

  14. nycruuuzin says: May 3, 2012 11:27 AM

    While the Giants targeting Williams was ugly. It is not anywhere in the same ball park as what the Saints had going on. I would actually place more blame on the 49ers, allowing someone to play knowing he had multiple concussions. The Giants did what every NFL team does, check out the injury report and see who is on it and take advantage of them. Not run a bounty system system, paying players off contract bonuses to purposely injure opposing players.

  15. anon5121 says: May 3, 2012 11:27 AM

    How long before Who Dat nation tells Eli to go suck a (insert whatever)–Or some sort of ignorant comment along these lines? There is no place for this in football or any sport. Not a controversial statement by any means.

  16. gmen4life33 says: May 3, 2012 11:28 AM

    “His team targeting Kyle Williams was no better. Thanks for pointing that out in your article…”

    “And everyone gave him a pass on his teammates targeting Kyle Williams because of his concussions.”

    You guys are like 2 year olds. Giants coaches told players to hit Wiliams hard, so he would be “shaky” to field the next one due to his previous concussions.

    Saints coaches told their players “to twist players with ACL injuries ankles AFTER the play, in the pile up”, to “hit players in the head AFTER the play” and coaches/players put $10,000 to make sure players DIDNT FINISH the game.

    The two arent the same. What Giants were doing was ugly, but it is football. What Saints were doing was barbaric and illegal.

  17. thejuddstir says: May 3, 2012 11:28 AM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation from Eli because he still doesn’t “get it”. It’s sad enough that the Taints* have established their legacy with bountygate, but this continued crying and refusing to accept responsibility (apologies by Benson, Payton, and Co. were so insincere as actions speak louder than words), is going to give the NFL as a whole a black eye. I think Bellichek and the Pats got off way too easy for Spygate and cheating is cheating, but to offer bountys to intentionally hurt someone is unforgiveable. I think the Taints got off very easy on the punishment they were given. I think it’s time for Goodell to say, “enough”……keep cryin’ and lyin’ and more punishments are coming.

  18. bigbluecrew420 says: May 3, 2012 11:29 AM

    @ foreskins21

    Oh, so Gommer Manning is good with the punishments? I guess I can sleep well tonight.

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    Well “Gommer Manning” has his 2 SUPERBOWL rings as well as 2 MVP awards…..

    So I bet he’s sleeping good at night too!

  19. salmen76 says: May 3, 2012 11:29 AM

    Hey Eli, you’re a traitor pal! Plain and simple. Your daddy was a great Saint and now you throw the saints and some of their players right under the bus cuz you’re in-love with goodell. I used to like Eli and i cheered for him to win both his SBs against the cheating patriots. But i will never cheer for Eli to do anything other than die and go straight to hell from now on! Everybody thats kicking the saints while their down is a coward! Geaux Saints!

  20. fusion3450 says: May 3, 2012 11:34 AM

    Ed Werder was just on SportsCenter. He is at the Saints facility today. He said a Saints source he spoke to said “The leagues findings are exaggerated. In contrast to the leagues contention the Saints bounty program existed for 3 years… It was limited to playoff games in the Superdome against Arizona and Minnesota.” The source then went to say, “This whole thing is one big joke. Except for the 2 games in 2009, the rest is a joke. No one has stood up and told the truth.”

    I hope that now with all the punishments dished out, the Saints start speaking up. I know the organization has taken the silent approach, but with the suspensions given, the players need to tell their side of the story. I really look forward to the players union challenging Goodell’s “facts” and “evidence” that all of the stuff we’re accused of happened.

  21. saints25 says: May 3, 2012 11:52 AM

    @gmen4life33 says:<<<<BS, you or no other fanbase has given us Saints fans a break an I be damn if your going to get one from or any Saints fan.. the Saints are being punished for hearsay!!!an the NFL Needs to suspend the Giants players the Same way their doing the Saints players.. they said it,then their guility!!!!!!!! THE NFL WAY

  22. justwinbaby29 says: May 3, 2012 11:55 AM

    Eli is right, Goodell did the right thing.

    People wake up – nobody is making the game “flag” football but something has to change. Too many of these guys are killing themselves after their career is over- it’s not a coincidence .

    I would not eliminate the kick-off though.

    But ANY talk of 18 games should be gone completely..16 games plus postseason is the mix limit for a season!

  23. waynemorgan2012 says: May 3, 2012 11:58 AM

    The NFLPA told the players to stay quiet and the league is turning into a joke with all the allegations, these players are payed to play football which is being turned into a contact sport, it’s meant to be a collision sport, the Saints have not yet said or apologized for a “bounty” program just a pay for pwrformance program read the interviews I do agree it’s wrong but the suspensions need I levied for the crimes committed not for hurting the commissioners feelings by trying to get outta trouble I just want someone to answer my question what would you say if it was your team getting these suspensions what would you say then

  24. thebigcaptain2011 says: May 3, 2012 12:01 PM

    I’m sure Eli also will agree with Goodell on moving the Vikings to LA so they can become the FOOTBALL LAKERS!

  25. jimthebuilder27 says: May 3, 2012 12:04 PM

    Good for Eli Manning, wish the Saints would man up and say this.

  26. canesgiants says: May 3, 2012 12:09 PM

    @gmen4life33 says:<<<<BS, you or no other fanbase has given us Saints fans a break an I be damn if your going to get one from or any Saints fan.. the Saints are being punished for hearsay!!!an the NFL Needs to suspend the Giants players the Same way their doing the Saints players.. they said it,then their guility!!!!!!!! THE NFL WAY
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    screw u and your fanbase. u guys have been getting a free pass since katrina. u realize your owner was a rainstorm away from moving your broken ass franchise.

  27. geauxjay says: May 3, 2012 12:09 PM

    Assuming the allegations are true, he is exactly right.

    _________________________________

    Well, they must be true because a lawyer paid by the NFL said they were.

  28. gmen4life33 says: May 3, 2012 12:12 PM

    @gmen4life33 says:<<<<BS, you or no other fanbase has given us Saints fans a break an I be damn if your going to get one from or any Saints fan.. the Saints are being punished for hearsay!!!an the NFL Needs to suspend the Giants players the Same way their doing the Saints players.. they said it,then their guility!!!!!!!! THE NFL WAY

    Giants players admitted that Coaches paid them to hit Kyle Williams in the head anyway possible, even if it wasnt a legal hit? Really? I missed that. But if they did, then you are right. But it is more likely that you are being an oversensitive fan. Your coach(es) messed up, and out your team/players in a bad position.

    Then your organization ignored the issue when it got a HUGE break, in the form of a warning from God-Dell , and allowed bounties to keep happening.

    I feel bad for Saints fans, but your team did it, and ignored the warning they got. Tough.

  29. cooklynn17 says: May 3, 2012 12:13 PM

    cakemixa says: May 3, 2012 11:13 AM

    Eli is just mad because he’ ll never beat the Saints. Gets blown out and thoroughly owned every time he plays them.
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    That’s Mr. Eli to you dickhead. Your two time Superbowl MVP and defending Superbowl Champion.

    Your just mad because the Superbowl is in New Orleans this year and the Aints won’t be there.

  30. bearsandjazz says: May 3, 2012 12:14 PM

    Cakemixa that was the most ridiculous thing ever posted on a blog. Eli just won the super bowl do you really thinks he cares about the losses to the saints. He has 2 rings and he’s worried about the games he lost to the saints….just a stupid stupid comment by an obvious simple
    Minded idiot.

  31. canesgiants says: May 3, 2012 12:14 PM

    WOW THIS IS SHOCKING– A NON JETS POST

  32. hman99 says: May 3, 2012 12:17 PM

    @cakemixa you’ll eventually learn its about the post season w/l not regular season…Who won the super bowl again? Super bowl MVP for the 2nd time?
    ELIte.

  33. crabboil says: May 3, 2012 12:23 PM

    Is it just me or does Eli look like he has a touch of the downs?

  34. whatnojets says: May 3, 2012 12:26 PM

    Funny….but I heard on the Mike and Mike show that Vilma only recorded one penalty during “The Bounty Gate” years!

  35. crabboil says: May 3, 2012 12:27 PM

    So hitting a guy with multiple concussions hard enough so that he gets rattled and can’t hold onto the ball is not the same as trying to hurt him?

  36. joshh967 says: May 3, 2012 12:30 PM

    “cakemixa says:
    May 3, 2012 11:13 AM
    Eli is just mad because he’ ll never beat the Saints. Gets blown out and thoroughly owned every time he plays them.”

    I’m sorry, Eli can’t hear you over the awesomeness of his two superbowl rings.

  37. robf2010 says: May 3, 2012 12:34 PM

    “Giants coaches told players to hit Wiliams hard, so he would be “shaky” to field the next one due to his previous concussions.”

    Both teams targeted one specific player for the exact same reason.

    What else did Giants and coaches say and about what other players? Oh, we’ll never know. They weren’t investigated and any evidence that may have existed has undoubtedly been incinerated. Eli has selective righteous indignation … as do you.

  38. youdownwithjpp says: May 3, 2012 1:12 PM

    salmen76 says:
    May 3, 2012 11:29 AM
    Hey Eli, you’re a traitor pal! Plain and simple. Your daddy was a great Saint and now you throw the saints and some of their players right under the bus cuz you’re in-love with goodell. I used to like Eli and i cheered for him to win both his SBs against the cheating patriots. But i will never cheer for Eli to do anything other than die and go straight to hell from now on! Everybody thats kicking the saints while their down is a coward! Geaux Saints!

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    lol Rightttt, Eli is a trader for being a voice of reason? The fact that you would wish death on someone shows your level of intellect and maturity.

    The Saints are down because they acted and played like cowards.

    I mean, intentionally harming a player that could result in a season or career ending injury just to win a game, no excuses, they are cowards.

    Not in the sense that they are meek or unwilling to fight, but in the sense that they needed an advantage to win. They felt the need to cheat to beat their opponent.

  39. vtopa says: May 3, 2012 1:12 PM

    Yawn. Eli Manning has a grudge against the Saints for whipping his butt every time they play and sucks up to the NFL brass. This is news?

  40. crisper57 says: May 3, 2012 1:13 PM

    Take note, Drew Brees. This is how a real team leader should act.

  41. cutlerinception69 says: May 3, 2012 1:17 PM

    robf2010, that’s because the NFL can sanction bad conduct by big-market teams. See Redskins’ bounty system; Giants targeting Kyle Williams; Pats and Spygate.

    But any deviation from a small-market team? Gotta nip it in the bud. Why? All about bigger playoff and Super Bowl Nielson ratings. And merch.

    The NFL in 2020? Glad you asked.
    Matchup will be either:
    L.A. Vikings v. N.Y. Jets
    OR
    L.A. Jaguars v. N.Y. Giants
    No-holds-barred touch football, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the halftime entertainment. Kickoffs are gone. There will be no more running plays. And Tim Tebow is the Commissioner-in-waiting.

  42. jetnotjets says: May 3, 2012 1:29 PM

    What’s funny to me is that his entire drama has unfolded without any documented evidence against the players. People are outraged on both sides, but nothing has been released yet to show if this actually happened to the extent the league office is trying to prove.

    I understand the suspensions in the Front Office and the coaching staff of the Saints, because they attempted to create a culture where it was acceptable to intentionally harm players in specific games. But I don’t believe that the 4 guys who got suspended or the other 20 something guys on that defense bought into it.

    Case in point is the fact that Vilma had very few penalties during the time period this allegedly went on. You can point fingers and replay soundtracks of ‘intent to harm’ pep rallies all you want to, but the words in the locker room did not translate into a performance that caused injuries on the field.

    A lawyer’s opinion who is employed by the NFL isn’t enough to take away a man’s livelihood for his family. If concrete proof doesn’t come forward publicly soon, then I don’t see how these player punishments will hold up.

    I believe this issue and the cap issue with the Redskins and Cowboys are both going to end up in federal court, and if they do then the league will lose out on a lot more than just having their decision overturned. Oh, and I’m not a Saints fan.

  43. biasedhomer says: May 3, 2012 3:07 PM

    It seems as though only Saints fans have a problem with the suspensions. That right there make it the right choice.

  44. jeteddy says: May 3, 2012 3:09 PM

    Wow, I am so surprised that a team from New Orleans was so corrupt that they had to be slapped with these kinds of sanctions. And now they refuse to see the light. So surprising. Yawn.

  45. bigbluefan1 says: May 3, 2012 3:11 PM

    I love how people want to compare what the Giants did with the 49ers and a pay to hurt scam.

    What the Giants did is done in every locker room prior to every game
    coaches review the Injury report and pass that info on to the team.

    If a team has a CB with a leg issue dont you think the other team is going to do everything it can to take advantage of that weakness.

    That is much different then slapping $10,000 on the table and saying lets go hurt someone and watch them get carried off the turf.

    Stop hating Eli he is one of the best he has two rings to prove it and yeah kids that is why you play the game 9-7 and then run the house and win it all.

    We are all tired of hearing about your city and it troubles you got your free Trophy no go back to being an also ran

  46. brian32556 says: May 3, 2012 3:11 PM

    Let’s be clear, the Giant’s knew of Williamson’s concussion, BUT THEY DID NOT hit him in any unusual football way, WHEREAS the Saints were piling on and targeting injured areas. THAT

  47. edpeters101 says: May 3, 2012 3:27 PM

    When everybody gets tossed according to their intentions I’m all for it (of course there may not be enough players left for any games). If Eli has info on players/coaches involved then let’s hear it, otherwise get back to practice!

  48. bbk1000 says: May 3, 2012 3:34 PM

    skins21 says:May 3, 2012 11:14 AM

    Oh, so Gommer Manning is good with the punishments? I guess I can sleep well tonight.

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    In your parent’s basement no doubt….

  49. baroneski29 says: May 3, 2012 3:46 PM

    For everyone saying that the Giants were targeting Kyle Williams. Were there any hits that made it look like they were trying to do that? No. He fumbled one without even being touched, and the second one was just a great strip. The Giants were the better team. No one was beating the Giants come playoff time. Including the Saints. Stop the hating. Repeat!!!!!!!

  50. bbk1000 says: May 3, 2012 3:58 PM

    salmen76 says:May 3, 2012 11:29 AM

    Hey Eli, you’re a traitor pal! Plain and simple. Your daddy was a great Saint and now you throw the saints and some of their players right under the bus cuz you’re in-love with goodell. I used to like Eli and i cheered for him to win both his SBs against the cheating patriots. But i will never cheer for Eli to do anything other than die and go straight to hell from now on! Everybody thats kicking the saints while their down is a coward! Geaux Saints!

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    Eli is a traitor for wanting to protect the players?

    I suppose you think the NFLPA is right by trying to protect the players that are illegally trying to hurt their constituents?

    Gimme a break….

  51. jmt8251 says: May 3, 2012 9:01 PM

    Well look at the pot calling the kettle black! Goofey looking Eli, forgot about the letters the Giants got for
    faking injuries, to stop the other team, continuing to drive players in the ground after whistle had blown, hits to head on players, late hits on QBs yeah they are real choir boys in NY, they will be the next team investigated so STHU Goofey!

  52. Angry Orange Man says: May 4, 2012 2:15 AM

    To the morons trying to equate the Aint’s bounty system with the Giants Kyle Williams thing…

    On a kickoff or punt, the man returning the ball is generally the uh, target. Correct? So how does targeting the only guy trying to run the ball back for a TD equal individual specified bounties for injuries with an escalator clause for cart offs?

    Yeah.

  53. mklax15 says: May 4, 2012 4:31 PM

    cakemixa says:May 3, 2012 11:13 AM

    Eli is just mad because he’ ll never beat the Saints. Gets blown out and thoroughly owned every time he plays them.

    Eli can get blown out by saints everytime, at least he has more rings than the whole organization.

  54. bbk1000 says: May 4, 2012 5:57 PM

    cakemixa says:May 3, 2012 11:13 AM

    Eli is just mad because he’ ll never beat the Saints. Gets blown out and thoroughly owned every time he plays them.

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    These bandwagon Saints fans like cakemixa are tough to hear……

    I find myself really missing the real Saints fan, as I could not undertsand them with the paper bag over their head….

  55. damnyankee13 says: May 6, 2012 7:18 PM

    TING, only reason ya won. at trhe expense of the opposing players.The saints should be forced to change their name to the ‘demons’, they evil!!

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