I have just one question.

Why?

 Sen. Dick Durbin Calls Senate Hearings Over New Orleans Saints Bounty Program

…I want to hear the policies and practices in each of the major sports and collegiate sports that are being put in place and have one explore whether federal legislation is required.”

I don’t understand why there needs to be a federal case made out of this. Of course Marco Rubio is right that there are much more pressing issues than bounties in pro football, but this goes beyond that. The NFL has punished the parties responsible for this, and not just with a slap on the wrist:

Meting out unprecedented punishment for a crush-for-cash bounty system that targeted key opposing players, the NFL suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton without pay for next season and indefinitely banned the team’s former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams….

(NFL commissioner Roger) Goodell also banned Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for the first eight regular-season games next season — believed to be the first time a GM was suspended by the NFL — and assistant coach Joe Vitt for the first six games.

In addition, Goodell fined the Saints $500,000 and took away their second-round draft pick this year and in 2013.

Again, this not the team punishing itself. This is the sport’s official governing body punishing the team. I suppose you could call it a case of Durbin being the “government is the best solution” politician that he is, but it’s still a sad and disgusting spectacle to see.

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