The NFL revealed Friday that the New Orleans Saints ran a bounty program from 2009-2011. The program was led by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and the NFL says at least 22-27 players and one assistant coach were involved. While some people are outraged — and probably surprised that the program was approved throughout the franchise — some NFL players are shrugging their shoulders at the revelations.
Below is an exchange on Twitter between NFL defensive back Chris Harris and reporter Darin Gantt. There is also a tweet from former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Damien Woody, who says the same thing as Harris.
@daringantt doesn’t surprise meEveryone does it they’re just the ones who got caught. It’s part of the NFL culture
— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisNFL) March 2, 2012
This ‘bounty’ program happens all around the league…not surprising
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) March 2, 2012
Just because bounty systems are commonplace doesn’t mean the Saints should be excused. We all know their objective is to pressure quarterbacks like Brett Favre and Kurt Warner, but there’s a difference between rattling a quarterback legally, and intentionally trying to injure one. It’s the second part that’s a problem.