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NFL pounds New Orleans Saints for paying bounties for maiming opponents. Will the NBA, NHL, NCAA, FIFA be inspired?

March 21, 2012

 

I used to be a boxing fan. Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jake LaMotta were boyhood heroes, and the highlight of my week was the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, telecasting fights every Friday night. The program was top-rated until more and more fans—eventually including me—gradually came to understand that the object of the game was to cause brain damage, hopefully temporary but occasionally permanent and cumulative, as happened to thousands, most famously Muhammad Ali.

I became an even bigger pro football fan, until being turned off by the violence—not the inherent violence of the game, but the intentional maiming of marquee players like Brett Favre, DeSean Jackson, and Tony Romo.

It was no surprise when earlier this month the NFL disclosed that the New Orleans Saints had paid bounties for injuring opposing players, with extra money for “cart-offs” –when the injured player had to be carried off the field in a motorized gurney.

But today there was a surprise—a welcome one: the league came down with crushing punishments for the practice: Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season, former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams (who apparently initiated the practice) was banned indefinitely (more…)

Drew Brees: ethics hero and football hero. He lives by “If not me, who?”

May 5, 2011

In an era of selfish, insensitive, whiny, overpaid and unethical athletes, it’s refreshing to recognize Drew Brees as one who lives up to the highest ethical standards. Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, has taken on a leading role in the NFL’s labor dispute. When asked why he has been out front on such a divisive issue, his answer is right out of the ethics book: “If not me, who?”

Brees led the Saints to a Super Bowl win in 2010, and wants another. But the league has locked out the players: no use of team facilities, no coaching, no pay. Brees stepped up. “If not me, who? If not now, when?” According to this article  in LarryBrownSports.com*, Brees has organized team practices and is footing most of the cost personally—he hired coaches from Tulane to help out, paid for insurance for the players, and carried in the Gatorade.

Lots of millionaire athletes could have done this. Brees did.

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*This site is an excellent source of information and gossip about all sport.


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