NFLPA overstates outcome of bounty case, too


The NFL has been trying to paint Paul Tagliabue’s decision in the bounty case as something other than a Cornell-Hofstra slaughter.  Still, the other parties in the case are making more of the outcome than perhaps they should.

Said the NFLPA on Tuesday:  “Vacating all discipline affirms the players’ unwavering position that all allegations the League made about their alleged ‘intent-to-injure’ were utterly and completely false.  We are happy for our members.”

But nothing contained in the 22-page ruling from Tagliabue show that any of the allegations were “utterly and completely false.”  Indeed, the characterization that the decision makes the allegations “utterly and completely false” is, well, “utterly and completely false.”

Moreover, the use of the term “intent-to-injure” introduces a new term to what has been a game of semantics.  The players had called the program “pay-to-injure” while the league had referred to it as “pay-for-performance” and a “bounty.”

Either way, Tagliabue exonerated only one player:  Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, whose one-game suspension arose from the notion that he didn’t try to stop the programs that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had put in place.  Even then, Tagliabue didn’t claim the allegations against Fujita were false, “utterly and completely” or otherwise.

8 responses to “NFLPA overstates outcome of bounty case, too

  1. I’m over Bountygate ….. the Saints paid money to take out opponents, and got caught, whether they’re suspended or not for it.

    Now I just want to read about how great the New England Patriots are. 😉

  2. Tell that to Saints fans… they think this confirms that RG was on a witch hunt and has some deep hatred for NO and this was nothing more than a witch hunt. The reality? Tags basically says “it happened, but you can’t pin it on specific players when the bigger issue is the coaches and management condoning and supporting the bahvior, so we’ll leave their fines/suspensions in place, but let the players go about their business.”

    But don’t tell that to Saints fans. Their still blaming every loss on Bountygate and contributing every win to “team rallying to overcome it.” Can’t wait til next year when they have a similar (or worse) record and they have no scapegoat.

  3. If anything this made them all look worse. He actually confirmed that the evidence was conclusive, but just that the players should not be held responsible. So Vilma and Fujita are still liars and scumbags for claiming that they were not part of any program.

  4. The bounty case is just a red herring.

    The real story is that the 2009 NFC Championship game was rigged by the league so the Saints would win.

    The bounties and the Saints obvious intent to injure key opposing players is but ome part of it.

    Ornstein and his gambling connections are part of it.

    The NFL officials who somehow suddenly didn’t understand what was illegal and what wasn’t, and their repeated bugled calls in favor of the Saints was another part.

    I mean seriously, is there anyone who isn’t a Saints fan who doesn’t think that game was rigged? I don’t think so.

  5. “Vacating all discipline affirms the players’ unwavering position that all allegations the League made about their alleged ‘intent-to-injure’ were utterly and completely false. We are happy for our members.”

    Only someone in total denial of the truth could make a statement like that.

    But considering the source, it makes perfect sense…

    And I guarantee you that there are several Saints* fans that think the same way.

    If anything, the ruling, and the other information that has been released only further confirms that both the players and the coaching staff had a clear “intent to injure” plan in place for years.

    I hope that the fines issued are commensurate with the offenses – which should be substantial.

  6. Just another example of how players unions are so tough to understand. There was a program in place to hurt other players. Yes, the “bad guys” were a part of the union, but so were the “good guys” being targeted. So, why is the only concern of the union the bad guys? Just like when a guy is taking PEDs stealing playing time from clean players–you’ll NEVER hear the union say a bad word about the guy, instead they totally go to bat for him. What does a rule-abiding player get out of the union?

  7. The NFLPA is the worst excuse for a union, they protect criminals and their criminal behavior instead of being part of the solution punishing them. I’m sick of the NFL’s love for criminals and have been watching less and less of it over the past years. Soon I’ll just ignore the NFL altogether and just watch college football.

    If the NFL doesn’t clean up it’s act then soon more fans are going to turn away from the criminal hugging culture of the NFL. If players want to get paid to commit cheap shots then they should go to the NHL where the sissies in pads on ice only look to see who can get in the best cheap shot and get too much money for it.

  8. That is totally ridiculous. Reminds me of Steve Braun claiming he’d been vindicated, when the finding was that MLB violated the contract when the specimen collector took the signed and sealed samples from Braun, and instead of FedEx-ing them same day, took them home subjecting them to nothing more destructive than a FedEx cargo hold.

    It’s the same with a criminal trial. At best one walks in innocent and walks out not guilty. To be found innocent one needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt they DIDN’T do it, which is nearly impossible.

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