If you can’t do the time, then why commit the crime?
The New Orleans Saints, two years removed from hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy as Super Bowl Champions (And seven years from heroically rebuilding the city after Hurricane Katrina) are asking themselves that today. Why would you have the audacity to add kerosene and a match to an already violent profession – NFL Football – by allowing a defensive coordinator to implement a monetary reward system for taking out opposing players during games?
Gone is the credibility built up for players who unselfishly provided food, clothes and aid to a city left for ruin after a tragic calamity. The irony of it all is that the Louisiana Superdome, the place that provided shelter for thousands during a hurricane, was the primary venue of athletic lawlessness of the worst kind.
You simply don’t do it.
And NFL head honcho Roger Goodell, blazing an unprecedented path of discipline, laid down the law; much like Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis did when he expelled eight members of the Chicago White Sox from organized baseball for throwing the 1919 World Series.
Sean Payton, the head coach of the Saints, will be suspended for the entire 2012-2013 campaign. By the time he is reinstated – after the Super Bowl in February – he will have lost 5.8 of a 7 million dollar salary. General Manager Mickey Loomis will be suspended for the first eight games of the season, effective after the last preseason game; Assistant coach Joe Vitt gone for the first six.
Defensive mastermind Greg Williams, the arranger and ringleader of the bounty program, was relieved from his present responsibilities as St. Louis Rams’ defensive coordinator. Suspended indefinitely, if he is gone only a year from the game he loves, he should be grateful.
With as many lies and cover-ups for their three-year bounty program as Watergate, the New Orleans Saints football organization should have heeded the lesson Sammy Davis Jr. preached so eloquently when singing the TV theme for the 70’s crime show Barretta.
Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time.