Were Bears affected by the New Orleans Hit Squad?
The more I read about the Saints having bounties on certain players, the angrier I get. My son in law is a high school coach and my grandson plays Freshman high school football. I just wonder what kind of message they are getting to hear that there are "hits" out on players on a professional level. What the hell was going on in the minds of Greg Williams and Sean Payton and anyone who was involved in these "hits"? I don't think a single season suspension is good enough in this case. In reality, any of the "victims" of the hit squad could/should file assault charges and conspiracy charges against these people. Any hit that was delivered with the intention of doing bodily harm to another human being would bring felony charges in any other case. So do we allow the people who followed the orders of their coaching staff to do that harm to then get off with only a suspension or fine when it would mean jail time to you or me? The NFL can not let this slide if in the rest of society it would result in criminal charges. To say, "It's just a game.", isn't going to work in this situation. Imagine if while trying to hurt a quarterback during a game it went to far and that qb was either paralyzed due to a snapped neck, or worse yet he was killed. Would it be enough to explain it away as just a game when you know damn well it was done intentionally to collect a lousy $15,000!? We all know that there are some intense rivalries in the game, and that some players will try a little harder to "hurt" the other team by injuring a player from the other team. But this is pre-meditated bodily injury, and that is a lot more serious by it's very nature. The idea that a coach would purposely send people out onto the field with the intent to hurt and maim an opposing player is beyond playing a game. I'm freaked out that a coach wants a win so bad that he would even consider putting a bounty on another human being. What happened to good sportsmanship? If football has gotten to the point that hurting someone on purpose becomes a norm, then maybe it's time to just end football altogether. So yes, those people who are/were a part of planned injuries to other players need to be dealt with harshly. No fines or suspensions can make up for someone's permanent disability and then inability to provide, play, earn, and even just live a normal life. These people who are charged with this crime need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and then banned from all sports for life.