Saints Bounty Gate

A massive scandal was taking place in the NFL from the 2009 to 2011 seasons. This was a rolling policy instituted by Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams. It was used purely to drive up morale and non-contract cash incentives for injuring opposing teams players. Its alleged that Williams had used some variation of a bounty system in most teams he worked for before this was brought to the league and public.

The NFL started its investigation in 2010 and slowly learned that a sizable chunk of the Saints organization was deeply involved. This included a bunch of notable players like linebacker Jonathan Vilma or even other staffing such as the teams actual Head Coach Sean Payton. Williams, Payton, and Vilma were ultimately a few of many the league would suspend. Injuries caused by Saints players from this scandal likely contributed to shortened careers for Vikings and Cardinals Quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.

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