Meting out unprecedented punishment for a crush-for-cash bounty system that targeted key opposing players, the NFL suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton without pay for next season and indefinitely banned the team's former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams.
Payton is the first head coach suspended by the league for any reason, accused of trying to cover up a system of extra cash payouts that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday called "particularly unusual and egregious" and "totally unacceptable." ...
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Kicking Back Comments: Top marks for Roger Goodell! Imagine, just imagine, if FIFA has this courage to deal with its corruption issues. You could almost watch the sea part if Sepp had the gumption.
Heavy handed? Maybe.
Message sending? Definitely!
You can bet that all the other teams in the NFL who likely did this, and have any form of tangible evidence are shredding it as we speak here.
Imagine ... just imagine The Game without corruption.
You know, this works for on the field stuff too. If a player presents you with a gift wrapped opportunity to send an appropriate message to all the other players (an example may be for a hard challenge), by all means send the message (however you see fit).
At the end of your match, I'd bet that you would see less issues if you handle the first one with sufficient emphasis.
"The Commish" did here, and the game he presides over will be the better for it in the immediate and long term.