WLOX Editorial: Saints should be punished - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

WLOX Editorial: Saints should be punished

Posted: Updated:

If you're a New Orleans Saints fan, and many of us are, you're probably shocked and saddened by the news the Saints conducted a bounty program for the past few years, paying defensive players extra money if they knocked opposing players out of a game.

One of the targets was favorite son Brett Favre, when he was playing for Minnesota. This revelation is both disturbing and disgusting. Pro football is violent enough, without the added incentive of paying extra to inflict pain and injury.

Gregg Williams was the defensive coordinator for the Saints while the program was underway. He now works for St. Louis in the same capacity. Williams has apologized for his conduct. That's not enough. The NFL should punish him harshly.

Coach Sean Payton knew about the program, but did nothing to stop it, as did general manager Mickey Loomis. Both should be punished as well.

The league needs to send a clear signal that such conduct will not be tolerated by any team, ever.  To issue a slap on the wrist to the team would do a great disservice to all NFL players who put their health on the line every time they suit up for a game.

Too many players are badly hurt playing the game under normal circumstances, let alone being knocked out of a contest, and possibly a career, for a few extra bucks.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

Copyright 2012 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Less crowds in second Spring Break weekend

    Less crowds in second Spring Break weekend

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:37 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:37:15 GMT
    If you were on Highway 90 Sunday, you may have noticed less traffic and fewer crowds on the beach. That's because the final weekend of Spring Break wrapped up Sunday. We talked to businesses and law enforcementMore >>
    If you were on Highway 90 Sunday, you may have noticed less traffic and fewer crowds on the beach. That's because the final weekend of Spring Break wrapped up Sunday. We talked to businesses and law enforcement to find out how it all went.More >>
  • Potential robber dies after getting stuck in oven vent

    Potential robber dies after getting stuck in oven vent

    Jefferson Parish Police responded to a 911 call at Greg's Food Mart on Westwood Drive after the owner came to work to find a man's legs dangling from an oven vent in the kitchen.More >>
    Jefferson Parish Police responded to a 911 call at Greg's Food Mart on Westwood Drive after the owner came to work to find a man's legs dangling from an oven vent in the kitchen.More >>
  • Gulfport man killed in I-10 rollover accident

    Gulfport man killed in I-10 rollover accident

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-21 10:53:08 GMT
    A Gulfport man who was thrown from his vehicle in a rollover accident Sunday night, died on the side of Interstate 10 as a result of his injuries. The accident happened near mile marker 36.More >>
    A Gulfport man who was thrown from his vehicle in a rollover accident Sunday night, died on the side of Interstate 10 as a result of his injuries. The accident happened just before 7pm near mile marker 36.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.