• The Saints players are said to have put up money for injuring players. But, I have yet to read of the proof of payouts. Kurt Warner was knocked out. Did Bobby McCray get paid? Where is the proof of that?
• What happened in the Super Bowl? Did Payton, Williams, and Vitt not really care at that point? Vilma run out of money? Manning not worth a bounty? We keep hearing and seeing about Arizona and Minnesota. Did the Saints think the Colts were pushovers?
• If the alleged ring leader, Vilma, gets a YEAR suspension, then how do the majority of other players get no penalty? Not even a fine.
• While many former player, including Chris Carter have admitted to bounties in the past, many people keep saying, “The Saints broke the rule, and a rule is a rule. They are being made an example.”
The NFL says over 20 players EAGERLY participated. So why are only 4 players suspended? Why doesn’t the rule apply to the other players on the Saints?
• How does Hargrove get 8 games? He wasn’t a leader on defense. He was just a backup. He made the illegal hit on Favre, but he was fined for that and that was on the field. The whole reason Goodell is able to be the sole dictator of these crimes is they are supposedly off the field which is his sole jurisdiction. If your answer to the severity of the punishment is that Hargrove lied to the NFL, then how is he the NFL’s strongest witness in a situation of he said he said?
• Where does motivation cross the line? Is it against the rules for a quarterback to buy watches for his offensive line when he makes the pro bowl? Aren’t they getting paid for performance outside their contract?
If you say it is okay because it is a player playing a player, then why is Vilma suspended for the year? I guess the difference is that offensive lineman don’t really try to hit that hard when they protect for their quarterback (yes my tongue is in my cheek).
• Don’t batters get fined if they don’t charge the mound when a pitcher breaks “baseball’s unspoken rules?” I know I have heard about pitchers getting fined for not hitting a batter for showing up a pitcher after a homerun. Furthermore, how is Cole Hamel’s admitting to hitting Bryce Harper only warrant a 3 percent of the season suspension? Where are the articles demanding harsher penalties for the manager and general manager.
Is Ashley Fox from ESPN on vacation? Or is she only concerned about protecting pro football players? Or does she not think a 90+ mile per hour fastball can cause as much trauma as a tackle?
• On the other hand, the word is that the suspensions for Vilma, Payton, etc. are harsh because they lied to the NFL. Yet, Hamels got suspended for five games because he admitted his intentions.
Had he lied, Hamels would not have been suspended at all. Why?
You can’t determine intent….unless you work for the NFL.