Saints owner Gayle Benson went directly to Roger Goodell to rescind fake injury fine

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The entire Saints organization was unified in insisting that they had been wrongly disciplined for a fake injury, and Saints owner Gayle Benson went directly to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the matter.

Benson got personally involved and sent a strongly worded letter to Goodell denying any wrongdoing by the organization, according to

The NFL initially fined defensive end Cameron Jordan $50,000, defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen $50,000, head coach Dennis Allen $100,000 and the Saints franchise $350,000 after league officials believed Jordan pretended to be hurt to give the Saints’ defense time to regroup in a game against the Buccaneers. But all of those fines have since been rescinded on appeal.

Benson’s letter insisted that Jordan, the coaches and the team’s medical staff did nothing wrong. At an appeals hearing, Saints trainers and coaches also said Jordan had been genuinely injured, and as part of the appeals process the Saints and Jordan showed records that Jordan had visited the team facility for injury treatment every day the week after the Buccaneers game, even though the players were off for their bye week.

The NFL has a legitimate interest in cracking down on fake injuries, but in this case it appears that the league acted before conducting a thorough investigation, and Benson stood up for her team.

23 responses to “Saints owner Gayle Benson went directly to Roger Goodell to rescind fake injury fine

  1. Vikings fans still crying about the Saints are hilarious. The Colts would’ve demolished them in the SuperBowl and it wouldn’t have been close.

  2. Benson to Jordan and team medical staff…”it’s in our best interests that you all report to work during the bye week”.

  3. Benson shows great character, conviction, and integrity. What is she doing among those guys?

  4. Players that are standing there seemingly uninjured- and then drop like a shot horse- should have to stay out of the game for 15 minutes real time.

  5. Failure to actually investigate the “fake injury incident,” will actually set the NFL back in its intended goal to crackdown on them. In fact, we now know what loopholes & teams/players need to do afterward. Just make up a few therapy or DR visits following the game.

  6. Yeah, right. The team that had a bounty program injuring other players can be trusted to tell the truth on their own injuries?

  7. Do you think Gayle could mention to Rog that wet & cold conditions cause the air pressure in NFL footballs to decrease, so he can keep the fine money but can we have our draft picks back?

  8. This is a great idea, or some version of it would be great. You’ll get your ‘time out’ and ‘breather’ for the team but the hurt player needs to sit out for an allotted amount of time, or minimal 4 plays or cannot re-enter until new set of downs, etc….

  9. If the NFL is interested in accusing a player of faking an injury I really don’t think it’s too much to ask that they review medical records, or interview team trainers or physicians or even seek an independent exam before they mete out punishment. Otherwise, it’s just a smear.

  10. Well, all of us men know how this went down. If it were Irsay, Spanos, Davis, Ross, Tepper, Roger says here’s your fine, pay it. Buuut, seeing how it was this owner, I’m sure Roger said ok ok ok dear, calm down, no problem, you’re right of course, I’m sorry.

  11. The Saints’ organization took the right steps. Else, they’d turn into the League Office’s piñata. Ask the Raiders.

  12. An “investigation” from the NFL, as we know, means nothing other than a likely framejob.

  13. Goodell is a gentleman. What does a gentleman do when a woman comes crying on your shoulder? Cameron Jordan was guilty as sin, and everyone knows it. This wasn’t really a battle Goodell was willing to fight very hard to win, and why waste energy trying. He has way more important things on his plate. Jordan had an injury, as most players this time of year have. But, he faked like he had to go to the ground in order to steal a time-out. That’s cheating. Do you know how many players are receiving daily treatment from the training staff, yet still able to get through every game without falling down and crying wolf? Hundreds of players. Jordan got caught cheating. Does this mean it’s ok to steal a time out if you’re getting daily treatment from the trainers? In that case, half the guys on every team fall into that category. Nobody is saying Jordan wasn’t one of several hundred NFL players who are receiving treatment. So proving that he had an “injury” doesn’t prove he wasn’t cheating. Goodell was right, as he usually is. Now he’s just being a good man and helping out a friend. He’s human.

  14. Those kinds of fine amounts would bankrupt most NBA teams based on fake injuries. It’s an every game event. A couple fingers across the face and the guy is laying on the floor squirming around like someone just smashed him in the head with a baseball bat.
    Only soccer rivals the NBA in the Fake Injury dept.

  15. Anyone that say players don’t fake injuries should go watch the Penn State and Utah game in the Rose Bowl. Utah’s punter faked an injury trying to get a flag when he wasn’t even touched by a Penn State player.

  16. In order to eliminate the faking of injuries, any player who goes down with an injury in the last 2 or3 minutes of the game must then be required to sit out the next 2 or 3 plays.

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