The NFL just suspended four New Orleans Saints without pay. Jonathan Vilma got suspended for an entire season. To which I say good. To which I say the Saints are lucky they didn’t get more players suspended, along with their head coach, their interim head coach and their general manager. What a bunch those Saints are. The Players Association is likely to make a big fuss as far as the players are concerned, as it should. But I hope these suspensions stand. If you act like a thug you get treated like a thug. To read an article explaining this latest development, please click here.

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  1. KauaiRobert

    I like what Goodell has done since he took over.
    So many players these days come into the league and act like thugs.
    What’s more…they attend college for at least two years–most of them three or four years–and they still can’t speak proper English and behave like muture young men.
    Then, they get a fat paycheck and you’d think that being in the NFL and getting paid big money would be enough to keep them on the staraight and narrrow.
    But no…still punks.
    Keep up the good work Rog!
    Our kids need to see that being a thug and a punk isn’t cool and that the GAME is more important than the PLAYER.

    May 2nd, 2012 10:57 am

  2. Kathy

    I keep wondering if the players declared this income to the IRS and paid taxes on it. Sort of the “Al Capone” angle.

    May 2nd, 2012 11:32 am

  3. Stan

    Its hard to figure that Vilma was punished harder then the coach who fit every bit of the NFL’s description of embracing the evil program. Other then that..the player assoc. can go through the motions but its pretty clear that Goodell can do as he see’s fit. The players agreed with that multi billion dollar plus contract.
    Whats with the eavesdropping case? anybody heard more?

    May 2nd, 2012 11:46 am

  4. Brandon Conway

    On the same day the NFLPA is getting upset about the bounty suspensions – players purposely trying to injure players beyond the normal scope of the game – you have future HOF player Junior Seau kill himself and specifically not shoot himself in the head, probably because he wants his brain studied for scientific research.

    Yeah, NFLPA has no case.

    May 2nd, 2012 12:46 pm

  5. KauaiRobert

    The only problem I have with Goodell is that he also hears and decides on appeals.
    So it’d be like:
    Goodell: “Jonathan Vilma. I find you guilty of participating in a bounty program.”

    Vilma: “I don’t think I did anything wrong Mr. Goodell. Anyway…everybody’s doing it.”

    Goodell: “Yeah. But you guys got caught.”

    Vilma: “Good point. O.K. What’s the punishment?”

    Goodell: “I’m suspending you for one year, effective immediately.”

    Vilma: Man, that’s harsh dude!”

    Goodell: “Yeah. You messed up big time.”

    Vilma: “I don’t think it’s fair. I’m filing an appeal!”

    Goodell: “Go ahead.”

    Vilma: “Who hears appeals?”

    Goodell: “Me.”

    Vilma: “Oh s**t!”
    To me, his decisions and subsequent punishments would be better received if an objective official handled appeals.

    May 2nd, 2012 1:59 pm

  6. Dave T

    Agreed, harsh, but fair. What these players did was cut straight the heart of player safety, but playing with intent to injure. I would liken it to them putting a player to the turf, injuring them and then standing over and taunting them, even as they were carried off the field. I am pretty sure that when a player is taken off on a cart or stretcher that we have never seen another player behave in such a manner. Sadly, any player that would fight this suspension is basically saying that what they did was ok, that it is unjust that they placed personal gain above the safety and well being of other players. And that simply will not do.

    Further, like the organization, they knew they were being investigated, were reminded by the league that such programs were prohibited, lied about them participating in such a program and continued to participate when they were told to stop if they in fact doing so. What choice did the NFL have here? At the end of the day, the League is owned by the owners and the NFL itself. It is a brand, an entity. The players are the end of the line employees, and if they want to be employed by the franchises that comprise the NFL, then they must comply with their rules. Period. They broke those rules and now must pay the price. The NFL and Commissioners office have sent a clear message here and I for one, like you Lowell, applaud it.

    May 2nd, 2012 4:44 pm

  7. Frank in Minnesota

    A harsh statement by the commissioner. I do not know if the punishment will stand as declared today, but notice was given to all players to play the game above board…I hope this has some effect, whether or not the pealties stand as is. As for the eavesdropping case, wasn’t the fbi looking into this?

    May 2nd, 2012 5:31 pm

  8. chris

    every defensive player in the NFL acts like a thug…..every defensive player in the NFL is trained and told to act like a thug………get a clue Lowell.

    May 2nd, 2012 9:05 pm

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