The penalties so far for “Bountygate” have been extreme. There are more to come, as the penalties against the involved players have not been levied yet. But, can this also be prosecuted as a criminal charge? I will let retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal tell you, courtesy of the New York Daily News:
I agree that this would be tough to prove. You could also make the argument that the sports leagues should be allowed to police themselves, and that governmental agencies should not involve themselves. Personally I don’t know where I come out on that argument. What I do know, is that even the possibility should ring loudly all over the league. This behavior can not be tolerated, and this possibility only accentuates that fact.