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What they are saying about the Saints & BountyGate

You knew that Charles Barkley had to have an opinion on BountyGate -  basketball related or not.You knew that Charles Barkley had to have an opinion on BountyGate - basketball related or not.

The BountyGate scandal continues to unfold every day with rumors and allegations concerning the Black and Gold. The New Orleans Saints will wait to see what discipline will be handed down by NFL Commissioner in the coming weeks.

Here is the latest buzz on what the media is saying about the scandal:

Pat Yasinskas of ESPN has an extreme opinion on the subject. The NFC South blogger believes that head coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis have to be fired for the scandal.

Meanwhile, Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com seems to think the worst is yet to come for the New Orleans franchise as an already tumultuous offseason continues.

Kyle Turley, an outspoken former Saints offensive tackle who left the game with injuries, blames the NFL Players Association for the prolonged existence of bounty systems and has some serious questions for Drew Brees, a NFLPA Executive Committee member, about how much he knew about what his team's defense had endorsed.

As for the question of what punishment is good enough for Gregg Williams? How about jail? That's what Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com thinks the former Saints DC should be worried about. Legal action is unlikely though, according to ESPN analyst and attorney Lester Munson.

There are plenty involved in the game who do not see the bounty concept as all that shocking or unique. Some pro athletes who made their bones in other sports think the situation is overblown. 

Charles Barkley gave his thoughts on BountyGate and criticizes the person who snitched on Gregg Williams. Michael David Smith of NBC Sports says it is safe to say there are lots of NFL players who agree with the basketball hall of famer that bounties are part of the game.

Former Chargers and current Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson told a San Diego radio station that he does not think the Saints should receive a big punishment and that the bounties are part of the game.

Still, Peter King of Sports Illustrated says Goodell will make an example of Saints in the Bounty case and that the NFL is trying to make the game safe by doing it. Also, King's Monday column contains a reaction from Brett Farve on the scandal saying that he is not mad about it but glad that the truth is coming out.

Kevin Seifert of ESPN talks about Brett Favre and reminds readers how the Saints' shots at Favre were not a secret.

Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk reported that the NFL Network pulled a replay of the NFC Championship game that was set for 2 p.m. Central time today.  Think the NFL wants to make sure excessive violence is not glorified?

Goodell's attempts to punish the Saints - and make an example of them - will not be taken lightly by the organization. Owner Tom Benson will give his full support the GM Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton, according to an AP source.


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