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swimeasy
03-22-2012, 07:14 PM
If there was a doubt that this was far from over and why the NFL needed to be decisive in its action:
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"WASHINGTON -- The Senate wants to grill the NFL about bounties. And
the NBA, NHL, NCAA and Major League Baseball are invited, too.</p>

Sen.
**** Durbin is setting up a Judiciary Committee hearing about bounties
in professional football and other major sports in the wake of news that
New Orleans Saints (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/no/new-orleans-saints) players received extra cash for hits that hurt particular opponents.</p>

The assistant Senate majority leader, an Illinois
Democrat, said Thursday he wants to examine whether federal law should
make such bounty systems a crime.</p>

"Let's be real basic about it
here. If this activity were taking place off of a sporting field, away
from a court, nobody would have a second thought (about whether it's
wrong). 'You mean, someone paid you to go out and hurt someone?' "
Durbin said in a telephone interview before raising the issue on the
floor of the Senate.</p>

"It goes way beyond the rules of any sporting
contest, at least team contest, to intentionally inflict harm on
another person for a financial reward," he said.</p>

His announcement
came a day after the NFL took a harsh stand on bounties, suspending
Saints coach Sean Payton for all of next season, and indefinitely
banning their former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams. Saints
general manager Mickey Loomis was barred for half of 2012, assistant
head coach Joe Vitt got a six-game ban, and the team also was docked two
second-round draft picks (one in 2012 and another in '13) and $500,000.</p>

Payton is the first head coach suspended by the league for any reason.</p>

NFL
commissioner Roger Goodell still needs to decide what penalties to give
players who were involved in the Saints' scheme from 2009-11.</p>

The NFLPA on Thursday said in a statement that it still is waiting for cooperation from the Saints and NFL to set up interviews.</p>

"NFLPA
leadership looks forward to meeting with the Commissioner to discuss
the League's 'Bounty' investigation," the NFLPA said. "To date, neither
the League, nor the Saints, have helped us facilitate interviews with
members of management or the coaching staff. We expect the League to
provide all information so that we can ensure a fair process for all who
were involved."</p>

Durbin said he was pleased by the severity of Goodell's punishment against the Saints.</p>

"I
am encouraged by what the National Football League did. What they came
down with as a penalty on the New Orleans Saints was decisive and
historic," Durbin said, adding that he thought the league was "taking
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But moving forward, the NFL and other leagues must "come up
with standards to make sure this isn't going to happen again," he said.
Otherwise, lawmakers will need to "at least explore whether it is
necessary to have federal legislation in this area."</p>

One
possibility, Durbin explained, would be to extend federal sports bribery
laws to cover bounties, so that "if someone offers in a team sports
situation some sort of value, money or otherwise, to intentionally hurt
another player, that, in fact, would be a crime."</p>

In an email to
the AP, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote: "Commissioner Goodell has taken
strong action to ensure that bounties are eliminated from the NFL. We
have not heard from Senator Durbin but would be pleased to discuss the
matter with him."</p>

Under the bounty system overseen in New Orleans by Williams -- who was hired in January by the St. Louis Rams (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/stl/st-louis-rams) -- the targeted players included quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8439/aaron-rodgers), Cam Newton (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13994/cam-newton), Brett Favre (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/112/brett-favre) and Kurt Warner (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/1682/kurt-warner). "Knockouts" were worth $1,500 and "cart-offs" $1,000, with payments doubled or tripled for the playoffs.</p>

According to the league, Saints defensive captain Jonathan Vilma (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5537/jonathan-vilma) offered $10,000 to any player who knocked then-Vikings QB Favre out of the 2010 NFC Championship Game.</p>

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/9296/chris-kluwe),
in an interview on the "Judd &amp; Phunn" show on 1500ESPN Thursday,
said he would like to see both Williams and Vilma banned for life from
the NFL.</p>

"My position has always been that I think Vilma and Gregg
Williams should be banned for life and then Payton should get a year,
their GM should get a year and anyone who knowingly took money after a
hit that injured someone should get a year as well," Kluwe said. </p>

Durbin isn't sure when the hearing will happen, but he said it could be two to three weeks from now."</p>

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giantyankee1976
03-23-2012, 06:07 AM
just like the Balco thing...wasting TAX DOLLARS on BS that can be solved internally by the Corporation (MLB, NFL etc).

Our tax dollars at work my *** !

GMENAGAIN
03-23-2012, 06:48 AM
just like the Balco thing...wasting TAX DOLLARS on BS that can be solved internally by the Corporation (MLB, NFL etc). Our tax dollars at work my *** !</P>


Exactly . . . what a joke. The only reason why they would hold hearings is for publicity.</P>


Here's a ****ing idea . . . . how about holding some hearings about jobs or gasoline prices!</P>

swimeasy
03-23-2012, 08:44 AM
just like the Balco thing...wasting TAX DOLLARS on BS that can be solved internally by the Corporation (MLB, NFL etc). Our tax dollars at work my *** !</P>


Exactly . . . what a joke.* The only reason why they would hold hearings is for publicity.</P>


Here's a ****ing idea . . . . how about holding some hearings about jobs or gasoline prices!</P>

+2 spot on giantyankee, GMENAGAIN