Saints coach Sean Payton gets suspended for a year for being an alleged enabler of a bounty program, while Patriots coach Bill Bellicheat gets docked a fine ($250K) for cheating (Spygate).
Something is very wrong with this picture (forgive the poor grammar).
So in NFL Commissioner/Warden/Playa-Hater Roger Goodell’s eyes, hurting players is more important than cheating. So I suppose the moral of the story is if you play football the way it’s meant to be played, your ass is going to get popped. Meanwhile, cheat your ass all the way to the bank – as long as you do not get caught.
Before you call me barbaric, let me remind you that football is a violent sport. Defensive players are paid to lay the wood on ball carriers. Defensive players look to send a message to ball-carriers and receivers who dare to go across the middle – whether they catch the ball or not. And this just in: defensive players HATE opposing – sometimes their own – quarterbacks.
Look, I understand the whole player safety thing. Hell, even I would agree that there should be no bounties in the NFL. No one should intentionally hurt another player.
I just think that bounties and intentional injuries are not mutual exclusive. I bet every team has a pool that includes rewards for big hits on marquee players in every game. After all, there are legal “kill shots” that knock out players out of every NFL game.
Again I must say, between this suspension and the NFL slapping the wrist of Bellicheat for his role in Spygate, I have a bigger problem with the lack of consistency in the punishment levied by Goodell. Cheating is not as egregious as nailing the hell out of the opposition.
I’ve said it once, and I will say it again: Goodell sucks.