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    NFLPA ADVISING BOUNTY-GATE PLAYERS THEY COULD FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES

    NFLPA ADVISING BOUNTY-GATE PLAYERS THEY COULD FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES

    "With New Orleans coach Sean Payton appealing his year-long suspension to NFL commissioner Roger
    Goodell, a hearing that will occur Tuesday, there are other worries for those who were
    involved with the Saints bounty program. True legal worries,
    perhaps.

    According to the AP, the NFLPA has told the players involved in the case that
    they could face criminal charges and that the union has hired outside counsel
    just in case.

    The NFLPA has suggested to those players that when they're
    interviewed by the NFL, they should have a lawyer and a union representative
    with them.<table class="data mRight10 fLeft" border="0" width="300"><tbody><tr class="title"><td>
    </td></tr><tr class="row1" valign="top"><td>
    </td></tr></tbody></table>While linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been
    the poster boy for players who supposedly participated -- he apparently offered
    $10,000 to anybody who knocked then-Vikings quarterback Brett Favre out of the
    2010 NFC title game -- you'll recall that the league has said that between 22
    and 27 Saints participated in the bounty program.

    With Payton suspended
    for a year, New Orleans
    general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games, assistant coach Joe Vitt for six
    games and Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams indefinitely, Goodell
    clearly is making an example of those involved (and according to CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman, the league wants the union to
    help devise punishments for the players).

    But as far as criminal charges
    are concerned? One law professor doesn't see it happening.

    "They're
    difficult cases to bring, because it's hard to prove the injury was caused by a
    tackle with specific intent to injure, rather than a regular tackle," Tulane law
    professor Gabe Feldman said when the NFL first announced the bounty program. "We
    all know injuries are a part of football. There can't be legal liability anytime
    there is an injury. Otherwise, you can't have football."



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    Re: NFLPA ADVISING BOUNTY-GATE PLAYERS THEY COULD FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES

    This is a real stretch on the part of the NFLPA. I can understand that they want their players to protect themselves, but criminal complaints "don't just happen." At the point any investigation looks like it might cross the line into a criminal issue, Miranda warnings must be given. And that's only IF the investigation is being conducted by the "government" or an agent of the government.


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    Re: NFLPA ADVISING BOUNTY-GATE PLAYERS THEY COULD FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES

    IMHO, I think it should be a crime to involve the courts and waste taxpayer dollars on something that should be internally resolved and dealt with by the NFL.

    We're talking about bringing up 22-27 NFL players on criminal charges and then dealing with the appeals. After all is done, it'd probably be 2014 cause we all know how slow the process is.

    The law professor is right. "We all know injuries are a part of football. There can't be legal liability anytime there is an injury. Otherwise, you can't have football."
    or contact sports for that matter...

    We've already have to put up with watching things like can't even touch the QB above the shoulders, etc...

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