NFL accuses Saints of setting player bounties

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL says that New Orleans Saints players
maintained a bounty program over the last three seasons that
targeted opponents with the intent to injure them.

The league disclosed the findings of an investigation Friday,
saying between 22 and 27 defensive players and at least one
assistant coach were involved. No punishments have been handed out
yet, but they could include suspensions and fines.

Commissioner Roger Goodell says he is troubled because the
system "involved not just payments for `performance,' but also for
injuring opposing players. The bounty rule promotes two key
elements of NFL football: player safety and competitive

The league's investigation shows the pool for the bounty program
may have surpassed $50,000 at its height during the 2009 playoffs.
New Orleans won the Super Bowl that season.
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