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Durbin cancels meeting with lawyers for former players

Roger Goodell, Dick Durbin AP

Unlike a couple of his colleagues whose names rhyme with “John Kerry” and “Mitt Romney,” Senator Dick Durbin won’t be flip-flopping.

On Wednesday, Durbin declared that he won’t follow through on plans to conduct a hearing on bounties in pro sports.  And Durbin has now canceled a scheduled meeting with two of the lawyers representing former players in their concussion lawsuits against the league.

Durbin had intended to talk to former players about the NFL’s bounty culture.

And so, while the NFL has plenty of things to worry about (or more accurately “about which to worry,” but I usually don’t worry about esoteric rules like that), Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t have Congress exploring whether a bounty culture still exists.

Of course, no one knows whether the bounty culture still exists because the NFL hasn’t played a freaking game since the Saints bounty program first was exposed in March.  There’s a chance that, moving forward, players will be more discreet about money changing hands for hits or plays or other actions that could be characterized as “bounties.”

And there’s also a chance that the NFL will embed its head back in the sand on such matters, which is where the NFL’s head seemed to be back in January 2010, when the league conducted what in hindsight appeared to be a very cursory investigation in response to the claim that the Saints had put a bounty on Brett Favre.

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4 Responses to “Durbin cancels meeting with lawyers for former players”
  1. bigperm33 says: Jun 21, 2012 11:19 AM

    Can someone please ask Roger Goodell if player safety is paramount, why did the league conduct, at best, a cursory investigation into possible bounties back in 2010?

  2. whodatsaybaby says: Jun 21, 2012 11:45 AM

    As a fan of the Saints, when the story of ”BOUNTY” broke I felt I had been let down by my team. As the weeks progressed, I was ready to except the punishments and try to move on as a fan. Yet the further this progresses, I’m compleatly changing my mind. Roger and his ”evidence” are just not stacking up for the punishments handed out. Sure I will say they had a ”PAY FOR PREFORMANCE” on sacks, tackles, INT, hits, ETC…, but thats just like incentive bonuses or Drew buying palne tickects for his O-Line when he makes the Pro Bowl. The character of not only the accused and the Saints organization as a whole, but the NFL as well is being TARNISHED by Roger ”GOD”-dell. What a PR nightmare this has become for this Sport. If your gonna accuse, better have your ducks in a row and have evidence to back up your evidence. So far, we have seen none of that from Roger or his ”CONGRESS” friends. What a joke. Drop the charges, try to save face, and resign quietly so you can at least save your dignity. Cause I have a feeling you won’t be commish that much longer. On another note, The Saints are still a 12-4, and Drew will sign.

  3. abninf says: Jun 21, 2012 9:12 PM

    Unlike a couple of his colleagues whose names rhyme with “John Kerry” and “Mitt Romney,” Senator Dick Durbin won’t be flip-flopping.
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    A better comparison would be Romney and Obama. Since, like, Obama is running against Romney and is a flip flopper. Got to love NBC.

  4. backindasaddle says: Jun 21, 2012 9:13 PM

    “On Wednesday, Durbin declared that he won’t follow through on plans to conduct a hearing on bounties in pro sports.”
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    Good!…. Now go back to Washington and see if you keep from screwing up the works too too badly. Jerk Off.

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