Re "Saints players win appeal in bounty case" (Sports, Dec. 12): NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspends four players for their part in a bounty program offering money for hits that knock opponents from games. Goodell then appoints former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to evaluate the second round of appeals for the players.
Tagliabue cites precedents for no league disciplinary action in such cases and rejects fines or suspensions.
Tagliabue instead blames "senior Saints coaches," with no specific identification of those coaches. Then the league says it respects Tagliabue's decision.
So now the thuggish behavior of conspiracy to commit assault and actual assault on the field goes completely unchallenged.
The leagues precedent is to do nothing. The team also did nothing. And the law does nothing when it happens on the field. It's a rough game.
Good job boys. Let's all shoot-up some performance-enhancing drugs and celebrate by driving drugged. It's all good.
-- Jack Gerhardt, Rocklin