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Of whistleblowers and witnesses

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.

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12 Responses to “Of whistleblowers and witnesses”
  1. ghjjf says: Oct 11, 2012 9:43 PM

    These guys are heros, now if only the nfl would do the right thing and hand the Lombardi trophy to the Vikings.

  2. azr1988 says: Oct 11, 2012 9:44 PM

    I find it interesting how the NFL has not fallen into step with the overall practice in America of protecting whistleblowers. In the case Cynthia Cooper, her ability to remain anonymous for a period of time while still operating as an internal auditor at Worldcom was central to her role in the resulting investigation.

    As seen in the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower provisions, the federal government has made clear that it believes that by providing protection from company reprisals greater participation by whistleblowers will lead to greater accountability within corporate America.

    How can the NFL justify outing its whistleblower? How can the league be so short sighted as to ignore the message this sends (i.e. we will not protect your anonymity, we will place you at risk of harm (both physically and financially).

    What incentive is there now for any individual to come forward with allegations of wrongdoing within NFL organizations? The NFL made a seriously short-sighted misstep that will ultimately weaken the level of accountability within the league and increase the chances that schemes such as the alleged pay for injury scheme will go unnoticed and unpunished.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 11, 2012 10:07 PM

    Is it just me or should we have Florio moderating the Presidential debates to posit the really good questions that confront the most important dynamics of confusing gray area issues?

    Nice probing analysis, I’m dying to see the NFL respond with their explanation and reasoning behind these recent developments.

  4. twodat says: Oct 11, 2012 10:19 PM

    If anyone cares to, research what happens to whistleblowers. You have to get a new job in a new industry. No one wants a whistleblower in their company–this is not right but it is a fact.

  5. sbdt says: Oct 11, 2012 11:41 PM

    Kennedy loudly denies this. Let’s hear from Childress.

  6. pawpaw46 says: Oct 12, 2012 12:11 AM

    ghjjf says:
    Oct 11, 2012 9:43 PM
    These guys are heros, now if only the nfl would do the right thing and hand the Lombardi trophy to the Vikings.

    That’s the only way the queens will ever get one, if it’s handed to them….they sure as hell can’t earn one.

  7. phuriousjorge says: Oct 12, 2012 12:57 AM

    This is the most imbecillic action ever on the part of the NFL.
    Goodell does not have both of his oars in the water. For this reason alone, he needs to step down, or be replaced.

  8. musicman495 says: Oct 12, 2012 1:50 AM

    ghjjf says: Oct 11, 2012 9:43 PM

    These guys are heros, now if only the nfl would do the right thing and hand the Lombardi trophy to the Vikings.
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    At 0-4, it is certainly the only way they will ever get one.

  9. whatjusthapped says: Oct 12, 2012 8:15 AM

    @ghjjf
    nfl would do the right thing and hand the Lombardi trophy to the Vikings
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    That’s the ticket, it’s the only way the Vikings will ever get a Lombardi Trophy.

  10. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Oct 12, 2012 8:23 AM

    And you said you would never put the whistleblowers name on this site, so I guess you also have no integrity.

  11. sb44champs says: Oct 12, 2012 8:30 AM

    ghjjf says:
    Oct 11, 2012 9:43 PM
    These guys are heros, now if only the nfl would do the right thing and hand the Lombardi trophy to the Vikings.
    ============================
    There’s no freaking way that the 2009 Vikings’ turnover machine would have beaten Peyton Manning and the Colts!!!

  12. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Oct 12, 2012 9:55 AM

    ghjjf says:Oct 11, 2012 9:43 PM

    These guys are heros, now if only the nfl would do the right thing and hand the Lombardi trophy to the Vikings
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    Uhhhhh wouldnt that go to Indy?

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