With the NFL bounties controversy reaching a head, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin has drawn the U.S. government into the matter. According to the Associated Press, Durbin is calling the U.S. Senate to intervene:â†µ
"Let's be real basic about it here. If this activity were taking place off of a sporting field, away from a court, nobody would have a second thought (about whether it's wrong). 'You mean, someone paid you to go out and hurt someone?'" Durbin said in a telephone interview before raising the issue on the floor of the Senate.â†µ
Durbin is apparently pursuing criminal punishments for bounty programs such as the one run by former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams. The now-suspended coach offered four-digit cash payouts for injuring quarterbacks and stars on opposing teams. The scandal has resulted in a wave of suspensions and fines.â†µ
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