ohio (AP) The NFL says that team players maintained a bounty program over the last three seasons that targeted opponents with the intent to injure them.
The league disclosed the findings of an investigation Friday, Saying between 22 and 27 defensive players and at least one assistant coach were involved. No punitive measures have been handed out yet, But they are able to include suspensions and fines.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said he is troubled as the system, "Involved not just payments for capabilities, moreover injuring opposing players. The bounty rule promotes two critical factors of NFL football: Player safety and saturated integrity,
"It is our accountability to protect player safety and the integrity of our game, And one of these conduct will not be tolerated, Goodell these. "We have made significant progress in changing the culture with respect to player safety and we are not likely to relent. We have more work to do and we'll do it,
The league researching showed the pool for the bounty program may have surpassed $50,000 at its height your 2009 playoffs. New Orleans won the nice Bowl that season.
"I have been made aware of the NFL findings in accordance with the Bounty Rule and how it relates to our club, Saints owner Tom Benson said in an argument. "I have offered and the NFL has received our full cooperation in their scrutiny. although the findings may be troubling, We expect to be putting this behind us and winning more championships in the future for our fans,
The NFL began its inspection in early 2010 after receiving allegations that quarterbacks Kurt Warner of Arizona and Brett Favre of Minnesota had been targeted. After interviewing several Saints who denied the bounty program existed and having the player who originally made the allegations recant the league couldn prove anything.
notwithstanding, Goodell pointed out the NFL "Recently received significant and credible new information and the seek out was reopened during the latter part of the 2011 season,
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