First it was their bounty program, now there’s allegations that the Saints organization spied on opposing coaches during the 2002-2004 season. The hammer was delivered on their coaching staff by Commissioner Roger Goodell and they’re even thinking about handing out individual player punishments.
If these new allegations hold true, Goodell might just pull a New Orleans Hornets and assume ownership of the franchise. However, if we look back to the Patriots “spygate” scandal, the penalty should follow suit which would be a hefty fine and the forfeiture of a draft pick. My response to this is, so what?
This is AMERICAN FOOTBALL where integrity is thrown around like a rag doll. If I were an owner, I’d do anything to gain an advantage on my opponent which copies suit from any other business. Also, during that 2002-2004 season when the spying supposedly happened, the Saints didn’t even make the playoffs. At least the Patriots got to the Super Bowl the year they were caught cheating.
Let’s revisit this bounty program. Not one Saints player was suspended for an illegal hit on an opposing player. In the end, they were just doing their job for a little incentive. If I did my job well, I’d want to know that the organization will invest in my skill set as well.