Like Spygate, Saints’ bounty scandal hurts league
**This article pretty much summarizes my thoughts on the Saints situation**
"However, with the Saints on the verge of absorbing the equivalent of a vicious kill shot from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, it’s hard to say the organization doesn’t have it coming. Between the apparent rash of lies during the recently completed league investigation, the franchise’s reckless disregard for NFL rules at a time when there’s a conspicuous push for improved player safety and the residual effects of a prior scandal narrowly averted, the Saints have been marching toward retribution for some time."
"At the time, with the Saints still basking in the glow of their first Super Bowl championship, Santini’s allegations seemed capable of carrying massive consequences that could have cost Loomis and/or Payton their jobs and subjected the two men to prosecution. Shortly thereafter, in what amounted to a procedural equivalent of a game-winning, tipped-pass touchdown on the final play, the Saints compelled Santini to drop the suit by invoking an arbitration clause in his contract that effectively put the matter under Goodell’s jurisdiction and out of the public eye.
That, Saints fans, was your lucky break for the decade, perhaps for the century.
The team you love won’t be so fortunate this time around, nor should it be."
"After all, this is the franchise’s second potentially scandalous saga in less than two years, and it’s not going to get another miracle reprieve.
The harsh hand of justice is about smack down those who broke the rules and lied to cover up their culpability, and nothing in the team’s medicine cabinet will ease the pain."