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    NFLPA WANTS NFL TO FACILITATE INTERVIEWS WITH SAINTS' EMPLOYEES

    "The NFL Players Association released a
    statement Wednesday saying it wants "sufficient time" to do its own review of <a id="yui_3_4_1_1_1331221700203_351" href="http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d82757bcd" target="_blank">the league's
    report</a> that the New Orleans Saints had a
    "bounty" system in place from 2009 to 2011.


    One of the NFLPA's goals is to find out whether Saints coaches and management
    engaged in "coercive activities" to pressure players into participating in the
    program. An NFL investigation found defensive players were rewarded monetarily
    for making big plays and trying to injure opponents.</p>


    The NFLPA cited admissions by Saints management and coaches that the
    pay-for-performance program existed as evidence "they engaged in improper and
    coercive activities."</p>


    New Orleans coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis <a id="yui_3_4_1_1_1331221700203_354" href="http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d8276b3b6" target="_blank">issued a joint
    statement</a> Tuesday acknowledging and taking full responsibility for the
    violations. Former Saints and current Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams,
    the central figure in the bounty scandal, also admitted to his role in wrongful
    activity via a statement released by the Rams Friday.</p>


    The NFL declined to respond to the NFLPA's Wednesday statement.</p>


    A league source said the NFL's investigation into the matter is ongoing. The
    NFLPA also asked the NFL to facilitate interviews with current and former Saints
    employees. Because both things will take time, it is unknown if NFL Commissioner
    Roger Goodell will administer discipline before March 26, when league meetings
    begin in Palm Beach, Fla., <a id="yui_3_4_1_1_1331221700203_355" href="http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d82764845" target="_blank">as had
    previously been reported</a>.</p>


    </p><div id="yui_3_4_1_1_1331221700203_134" class="articleText">

    The NFL has not set a timeframe for deciding on penalties. In addition to
    Saints management, the league's months-long investigation implicated between 22
    and 27 players.</p>


    Whatever punishment comes down is expected to be severe, possibly including
    fines, suspensions and the loss of draft picks. The league cited Payton, Loomis,
    Williams and the Saints with "conduct detrimental" to the NFL's constitution and
    bylaws. It also faulted them for failing to stop the bounty activity and
    allowing it to happen in the first place, as well as failing to fully cooperate
    with the league's initial investigation in early 2010.</p>


    A league official said involved players will also face serious
    punishment.</p>


    Goodell has stressed safety during his time in charge, fining and suspending
    players for failing to comply with the league's policies. Rules have been
    changed or more strictly enforced to prevent violent and dangerous hits in an
    effort to preserve players' short- and long-term health. The issue was also
    central to last summer's labor dispute between players and owners.</p>


    The NFLPA said that if it finds that players willingly participated in
    "conduct that jeopardized head and safety," it would work with the players and
    the NFL to put in place additional safeguards to prevent such behavior in the
    future.</p>


    "Dangerous play and acts on the field by players intended to injure have no
    place in football," the statement read. "We must do better to ensure that this
    activity is not a part of our game."</p></div>
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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    Re: NFLPA WANTS NFL TO FACILITATE INTERVIEWS WITH SAINTS' EMPLOYEES

    This is a slippery slope for the NFLPA. On the one hand they have publicly taken a position supporting player safety. They will now also be in a position to defend any players accused by the NFL of improper conduct.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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