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Don't call it cheating

'Bounty' programs are inexcusable, but Saints did not gain competitive advantage

Originally Published: March 5, 2012
By Ross Tucker | ESPN.com

It's detestable, but I don't consider it cheating. If it is in fact cheating, then every team I played for during my seven-year career cheated in one way, shape or form.

I'm talking, of course, about the New Orleans Saints' pay-for-performance program that the NFL said on Friday was in violation of the bounty rule.

Let's be clear about something right off the bat. Paying players as incentive to injure or knock an opposing player out of the game is reprehensible. There is no ...

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