Given the confusion regarding the NFL’s evidence in the Saints bounty case, it’s fitting that there’s now confusion regarding the intentions of Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to investigate and combat bounties in pro sports.
After a short Wednesday meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Durbin declared that the league has done enough to clean up its mess regarding bounties, prompting Durbin to abandon his plan to fire a shot across the NFL’s bow via a full-blown hearing on bounties. But Durbin, we’re told, still plans to meet on Thursday morning with lawyers representing former players in the concussion suits.
As a source with knowledge of the situation told PFT on Wednesday, Durbin wants to talk to former players who can provide insight regarding the depths of the league’s bounty rabbit hole. If Durbin is truly done with bounties, he’d have no need to meet with anyone else on this topic.
Maybe in the end Durbin will set up an anonymous bounty tip line of his own.
UPDATE 10:04 a.m. ET: The signals no longer are mixed. Durbin has canceled the meeting.