Steve Smith scores on New Orleans Saints corner Jabari Greer, preceding the infamous late hit by Roman Harper.
Per Chris Chase from Yahoo's Shutdown Corner, the NFLPA has informed players involved in the Bounty Scandal that they may need an attorney. It appears that the punishment is on the horizon for the Saints players involved in the scandal. The League's report showed that up to 27 players were involved in the bounties, but the only player listed by name was Jonathan Vilma. What's interesting here is that the article words the punishment as "Criminal Charges", not simply fines or suspensions. The full article can be read here.
In the article, Chris Chase then states that most scholars agree that usually legal systems allow the sports leagues to police themselves, mainly because it is difficult in cases like this for intent to be proven. However, having an attorney means that the NFLPA is anticipating some heavy punishment from Roger Goodell. The most likely punishments will be fines and suspensions. But one must wonder, could "criminal charges" really be doled out here? There is evidence that there WAS intent, including sound bits and documentation from the League's investigation. Is it possible that, in this particular case, the legal systems might actually get involved? What are your thoughts Panther fans? We've got a fanpoll after the jump...
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Steve Smith gets into fight after TD Catch (via LiSiProductions)
So should the players face criminal charges? How about civil charges? Take the poll
What punishment should the Saints players face as a result of participation in the bounty program?
Criminal, civil and league punishments (123 votes)
Civil and league punishments; criminal charges are over the top (61 votes)
League punishment only; let football handle it internally (115 votes)
Nothing; I still don't agree the players did anything wrong (10 votes)
309 total votes