When it comes to the Saints’ bounty scandal, the NFL has said that whistleblowers must be protected at all costs. When it comes to the original whistleblower in the Saints’ bounty scandal, the NFL inexplicably outed former Vikings defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy as the player who first brought the alleged bounty on Brett Favre to light by mentioning it to former Vikings coach Brad Childress.
Still, not all whistleblowers should be protected to the point that their names aren’t revealed. The distinction lies in the difference between whistleblowers and witnesses.
For a full explanation, here’s a slice of Thursday’s PFT Live.