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RE: Saints Bounty Thread - ATLBound - 12-13-2012 12:41 PM
(12-13-2012 12:36 PM)AsylumGuido Wrote: I am sure Vitt said things, too. But it is all locker room rhetoric. Golic and Mark Schlereth were saying that there was nothing on that tape that wasn't said in every locker room in the league to some degree. But, Williams is well known for his use of over the top rhetoric and the players have all said they never took that stuff literally.
I understand that. I was just responding to how Peyton (fellow AFT member) perceived Williams as opposed to Vitt.
RE: Saints Bounty Thread - AsylumGuido - 12-13-2012 12:44 PM
(12-13-2012 12:25 PM)ATLBound Wrote: You can't control everybody. You have to let it go as much as you want a lot of us to let it go. Although it is difficult to let go of what Good ell stated initially, you have to take into account his secondary opinion as well. He is stubborn so I understand, but he seems to be equally disgusted with the pool performance as he is with a bounty. Its probably all because of the lawsuits but he's not going to change and I assure you that people here who still disagree are not disagreeing because of Good ell.
He is definitely stubborn and arrogant. But, he still hasn't let it go. Just yesterday he still claimed that the Saints were targeting specific players for injury even after Tagliabue's report said there was no evidence supporting that claim.
RE: Saints Bounty Thread - AsylumGuido - 12-13-2012 12:47 PM
(12-13-2012 12:41 PM)ATLBound Wrote: I understand that. I was just responding to how Peyton (fellow AFT member) perceived Williams as opposed to Vitt.
Yup. I know. I personally feel Vitt is much more believable than Williams, but for different reasons than Peyton.
RE: Saints Bounty Thread - AsylumGuido - 12-13-2012 01:18 PM
(12-13-2012 11:40 AM)ATLBound Wrote: I can't bold because Im on my phone but I think you basically stated what I have been trying to explain to you since the reduced suspensions came about and for why Goodell is staying true to his SECONDARY, not initial reaction. You said in the above statement:
Okay, here's the Goodell statement from yesterday. Goodell is clearly not interpreting the pay for performance pool as a bounty. The guns he is sticking to is that regardless of the total lack of any evidence he is still saying that the Saints were targeting specific players for intentional injury, the same as his initial declaration.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell discusses bounty program
Quote:Goodell said that he did not regret appointing Tagliabue to rule on the appeal and was adamant that the league does not owe the Saints an apology.
This is what pisses me off about him. He was wrong about that and still refuses to admit it.
RE: Saints Bounty Thread - ATLBound - 12-13-2012 01:29 PM
He took out the word "specific." We are talking about small changes but significant in regards to the statement. I still think he is talking about those big hits that were legal and injured (his definition) players for a play up to a game.
When I say he removed "specific"......I am talking about this phrase
" To have a bounty program where you're targeting "SPECIFIC" players for injury is completely unacceptable in the NFL, and it is clear that occurred for three years despite all of the denials."
It changes the statement just enough to fulfill the conclusion I have for the situation.
RE: Saints Bounty Thread - AsylumGuido - 12-13-2012 01:53 PM
(12-13-2012 01:29 PM)ATLBound Wrote: He took out the word "specific." We are talking about small changes but significant in regards to the statement. I still think he is talking about those big hits that were legal and injured (his definition) players for a play up to a game.
Even using your interpretation it is close enough to allow enough people that do not know the facts to still believe that the Saints were still doing what they were incorrectly accused of doing from the beginning.
RE: Saints Bounty Thread - ATLBound - 12-13-2012 02:14 PM
(12-13-2012 01:53 PM)AsylumGuido Wrote: Even using your interpretation it is close enough to allow enough people that do not know the facts to still believe that the Saints were still doing what they were incorrectly accused of doing from the beginning.If that's your goal, then you will never be satisfied. You should just let it go at this point.
RE: Saints Bounty Thread - ATLBound - 12-13-2012 02:20 PM
If I can compare it to anything, its trying to explain to ignorant people who didn't understand the situation that it made 100% sense to release Vick while he was in jail for 2 fucking years. That still irks me that some people say the Falcons should have kept him, but I have gotten to the point where I just don't respond.
RE: Saints Bounty Thread - RnB - 12-13-2012 02:22 PM
(12-13-2012 12:17 PM)AsylumGuido Wrote: I know where you were coming from, but the severity of the punishment laid on the Saints, the staff and the players was always based upon the initial interpretation by Goodell and not his redefinition later on. Tagliabue even pointed this out when he said that the Packers in 2007 and the Patriots in 2008 were each fined $25,000 for the same violations and the players that took part received no sanctions.
It is unfortunate that the Saints were made an example of. There is no taking it back now, especially in the world of public opinion or sports media. No outcome will ever completely absolve the Saints. The main issue I have always had with this thing is that they were told to cease and desist, in an official manner, and failed to do so. If ANY franchise is told that their locker room betting/pools are becoming a problem (for whatever reason), and they say "Fuck you, they aren't a problem", the NFL has every right to take action against them. Period.
At that point, no matter how prevelant locker room pools are across the league, the Saints organization fucked up. In my estimation, they got what they deserved for defying the league office. Its dirty as hell that the FO and coaching staff of the Saints put themselves in that position, dragging all their players along with them, but the fact remains that it DID happen. There DO need to be punishments levied and no amount of legal nonsense in the world will change that.
Whether the players need to be punished is up for debate, as Tag's ruling noted. I do not think Goodell stepped over his bounds or levied harsher punishments than were deserved. I think he was doing his job, which is to protect the NFL on behalf of the Owners.
RE: Saints Bounty Thread - AsylumGuido - 12-13-2012 02:24 PM
(12-13-2012 02:14 PM)ATLBound Wrote: If that's your goal, then you will never be satisfied. You should just let it go at this point.
This is exactly why Vilma is not going to let it go. There is no way to convince everyone of the truth because not everyone has the capacity to understand, but if even one person sees the truth for what it is, it is worth the effort.