New Orleans Saints Historic Season Tainted By “Bounty” Program
The New Orleans Saints had a historic, record-breaking season that now has been tainted by the unsettling news that the Saints ran a “Bounty” program under former defensive coordinator, Greg Williams. According to a report by ESPN the New Orleans Saints ran a bounty program during the 2009-2011 seasons in which players would be compensated for taking out an opposing team’s player. What makes matters worse is that pretty much all of the coaching staff was aware of it, including head coach Sean Payton. Furthermore, it was reported that general manager Mickey Loomis knew about the bounty program. According to ESPN,
“Saints general manager Mickey Loomis failed to stop the bounty program when directed to do so by team owner Tom Benson, while coach Sean Payton was aware of the allegations but did not pursue them or take steps to stop the “bounty” program, according to the investigation’s findings.”
In a season that was so great for the New Orleans Saints it is very sad to hear that something like this had been going on and it has definitely tarnished the reputation of the Saints organization. Furthermore, in a season that was surely unforgettable the only thing anyone will remember now is the “Bountygate” scandal.