Thursday, 08 March 2012 22:16
NFL Players Association Has Duty To Investigate New Orleans Saints BountyGate
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On Wednesday, the NFL Player’s Association announced that it was doing its own investigation into what is now being dubbed as the New Orleans Saints BountyGate.

As part of the review, the NFLPA  requested that the NFL facilitate interviews with members of the New Orleans Saints’ management and coaching staff who were employed by the club from 2009 through 2011.

So, why is this organization jumping into the boiling grease of a scandal? 

Bayoubuzz asked two related questions to Jim W. Miller, a Bayoubuzz contributor, who was once the Executive Vice-President for the New Orleans Saints whose main primary duty was contract negotiation.

Here are the questions and Miller’s responses:

 Why is the NFL players association performing their own investigation of the Saints bounty scandal?

The NFL Players Association's primary role is the well-being of its members, whether it is (in traditional union phraseology) wages, hours or working conditions. The NFL has levied some serious charges against a number of Saints players, which could result in fines or suspensions. The union can not accept the NFL's word for it without giving their members the benefit of the doubt. Therefore, the union has an obligation to perform its own investigation, whether it will discover anything different or not. 


Are there any issues you feel that could arise out of the investigation that you be troublesome either to the NFL with the investigation?

I don't foresee anything new, because whatever the NFL has discovered in its investigation has been pretty well vetted by the media. I believe the next phase will be the penalties imposed, and they will be severe. The club fine will almost certainly be in seven figures, as well as multiple draft choices, including the team's No. 1 pick in 2013. Players and team officials will face a combination of fines and suspensions, while Gregg Williams may be suspended for a year or longer. Commissioner Roger Goodell will take a hard line because incentives to injure the other team's players flies directly in the face of his campaign to reduce player injuries.  


Photo above Jim W. Miller

Jim Miller is a former journalist (Baltimore Sun), NFL executive (Saints, Bills and Bears) and college athletic director (University of New Orleans). See Jim's unique perspective of sports and more on his

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