DuBos: Bounty scandal a problem for NFL, not just Saints

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Posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 6 at 8:21 PM

The bounty scandal is the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News political analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- I normally talk about politics, but this week my subject is the Saints. I admit I’m no sports expert, but I am a Saints fan and, like all Saints fans, I have strong feelings about the so-called Bounty-gate scandal.

Let me start by saying this: The bounty system is grossly unsportsmanlike. Deliberately trying to injure opponents hurts the game itself.

But consider this: Retired NFL players almost universally say some sort of bounty system exists in just about every locker room. Does that get the Saints off the hook? Absolutely not. But it does cry out for a top-to-bottom, league-wide investigation.

The Saints will — and should — pay dearly for this scandal. But singling out the Saints for punishment just makes them a scapegoat.

Fortunately, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is already looking at some other teams … those where former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams previously coached.

Let’s be clear. This is not a Saints problem, or a Gregg Williams problem. It’s an NFL problem. The NFL owners meet later this month. That gives Goodell some time to put things in perspective. The commissioner is known for being tough-minded but fair. In this case fairness dictates that he investigate all NFL bounty programs.

 

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