Will Bountygate ever end?
Recently NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell modified his previous ruling and penalties on the four NFL players that were linked in the scandal that is Bountygate. It seems this issue is like Jason Voorhees it will never die. To be fair these players are fighting for their livelihood and reputation so I do understand their stance that they should not back down. Plus Goodell can’t seem weak and not let up on his punishment.
With that being said it just seems that ego is trumping a clear and reasonable solution. As any football fan knows there has always been bounties in the NFL, but since this one was brought out in public, Goodell needed to make an example out of the Saints. The issue people have with the ruling is that Goodell was judge, jury, and executioner. In our country we believe there should always be a chance for a fair trial. It didn’t seem that way here so that is where all the controversy is coming from on this issue. So if you are wondering what has changed from what were the original penalties to now, here you go. The only thing that has not changed is the penalties for Saints player Will Smith.
Vilma’s suspension is still for entire season, but he can collect his salary for the six weeks he has been on the PUP list. His original sentence took away his salary for the entire year.
Scott who this year plays for the Browns, has only one game suspension from the original three games suspension.
Anthony is a free agent right now but he can get credit for serving his suspension during the first five weeks of this season. If he gets on a team Hargrove will have to serve the final two games of his suspension.
So are you all caught up now? Good, because next month things will probably change again.