Thursday, August 9, 2012
Gale Sayers upset over bounties
ESPN.com news services
Chicago Bears legend and Hall of Famer Gale Sayers had some harsh words for those involved in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.
"Those fools should never get a chance to play or coach in the game again. Never!" Sayers said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet Chicago's "Inside Look." "How can you do that? I have never had anyone say, 'I'm going to break your arm.'
"They should never go out and play this game again, go out and coach this game again."
Sayers' passion for the topic could've had something to do with his career being cut short by knee injuries.
When told that some people think those involved in bounties should go to jail, Sayers became emotional and responded, "You're damn right they should."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did come down on those involved in the bounty program, handing coach Sean Payton and linebacker Jonathan Vilma one-year suspensions. Anthony Hargrove was banned for eight games, Will Smith four and Scott Fujita three.
Vilma has asked a judge to impose a temporary restraining order against the NFL while his defamation lawsuit against Goodell proceeds.
The NFL last week offered to reduce Vilma's suspension to eight games as part of ongoing settlement talks involving the league, the NFL Players Association and legal representatives for the four suspended players, according to sources familiar with the discussions.
NFL Insider Adam Schefter said Wednesday there will be no settlement between Vilma and the NFL before a judge rules on the restraining order.
Information from ESPN's Ed Werder and the Associated Press was used in this report.