Yesterday New Orleans Saints owner, Tom Benson, and head coach, Sean Payton met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the bounty scandal that is currently engulfing the Saints organization. Benson and Payton requested yesterday’s meeting with Goodell and there is no doubt that they were discussing the repercussions of “bountygate.” Benson and Payton are trying to save the respectability of the Saints organization, and while requesting a meeting with the commissioner is a start, the team still has a long way to go to improve their image after “bountygate.”
According to a report by Yahoo Sports, the New Orleans Saints can be facing punishments such as suspensions, fines, and loss of draft picks. Some might consider this punishment as a “slap on the wrist” for the actions of the Saints organization. Nonetheless, Goodell and the league will continue to investigate the bounty scandal and give whatever punishment they feel is necessary.
I do expect the NFL to come down hard on the Saints, as there is no place for intentionally hurting an opposing player in any sport. I do not think that the Saints were the only and first team to have implemented a bounty system in their program, but they were the team that got caught. The NFL will punish the Saints and use them as an example for other teams who might attempt to get away with a bounty system. It is unfortunate that the Saints were involved in a bounty schedule and it will definitely be a long year as they will be highly scrutinized in the coming season.