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Message sent: Bounties are history

By leveling harsh player penalties, Goodell effectively ends pay-for-play practice

Originally Published: April 13, 2012
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

Players won't like it. In fact, many across the league don't, guys like Arizona's Darnell Dockett and Pittsburgh's James Harrison, who took to Twitter after the NFL announced its decision to suspend four players in the New Orleans Saints bounty case, including Jonathan Vilma for the season.

But NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had no choice. He dropped the hammer on the most important men atop the Saints' organization -- head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, former defensive ...

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