For weeks now, we have heard about this Bounty scandal. The players have been shouting to the world how they are innocent. The NFLPA is screaming about the process, Vilma is bringing lawsuits against the league. Hargrove is screaming about that “the league got their evidence wrong”. We have heard it all.
Now, commissioner Goodell has spoken, and he has upheld all of the discipline. This obviously was no surprise, as he was the one that handed down the discipline. All of the screaming, all of the proclamations have gone for nothing.
Here’s what I have to say. Earth to Saints players, enough! Time to man up and take your punishments like men.
First, let’s talk about some of what was said by Goodell, as the decision was handed down. The players all claimed that they were wrongly accused, right? Did they prove it? Look at what Goodell had to say, from the official press release from the league:
Although you claimed to have been ‘wrongfully accused with insufficient evidence,’ your lawyers elected not to ask a single question of the principal investigators, both of whom were present at the hearing(as your lawyers had requested); you elected not to testify or to make any substantive statement, written or oral, in support of your appeal; you elected not to call a single witness to support your appeal; and you elected not to introduce a single exhibit addressing the merits of your appeal. Instead, your lawyers raised a series of jurisdictional and procedural objections that generally ignore the CBA, in particular its provisions governing ‘conduct detrimental’ determinations…”
Take a look at the whole release by clicking here