Saints’ Bounty Program: Insignificant In Amount, Heavy With Meaning

Cameron Conaway thinks the New Orleans Saints’ paying for injuries to opponents raises some deep, unsettling questions.

From this article on CNN: “The New Orleans Saints’ defense had a bounty program that paid players for injuring opponents and for making interceptions and fumble recoveries, the National Football League said Friday.

The program involved as many as 27 defensive players, at least one assistant coach, and was active during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons, said the league.”

Players were allegedly paid for knockouts and for “cart-offs,” when an opposing player had to be carried off the field. A team source tells Sports Illustrated’s Peter King that before the 2009 NFC Championship Game, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was offered $10,000 to take out Brett Favre. Brett’s response was, “I’m not pissed. It’s football. I don’t think anything less of those guys.”

This all leaves us with a host of questions including but not limited to:

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