Drew Brees compares Bounty investigation to search for WMDs

Drew Brees: Bounty investigation is similar to WMD search in Iraq

6/19/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Jan 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up before the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. San Francisco defeated New Orleans 36-32. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIREMany people have issues with the way Roger Goodell and the NFL handled the Saints bounty investigation and the ensuing punishments. Drew Brees is one of them.

In fact, Brees has even gone so far as to compare it to the government's search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which eventually proved to be a wild goose chase.

Via Brees' twitter:

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has also spoken out against the NFL's punishment system, declining to attend appeals hearings because Roger Goodell is the "judge, jury and executioner."

He has a point. Even if the Saints are as guilty as the league says they are, the NFL's judicial system is unfair, drastically flawed, and downright unconstitutional.

Vilma, on Goodell and the NFL:
"Roger Goodell has taken three months to tear down what I built over eight years. It's tough to swallow. I have been linked to a bounty and it simply is not true. I don't know how I can get a fair process when he is the judge, jury and executioner. You're assuming it will be fair, but it's not."

Brees may have gone to a bit of an extreme, and from what I've heard, there actually IS a mountain of evidence against the Saints. That having been said, it's clear that the system is still broken, and Roger Goodell needs some sort of checks and balances.

Everyone else in the United States gets the benefit of a fair system, so NFL players deserve the same.
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6/19/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
I'm still fairly certain the Saints are completely wrong and could be proven, Goodell is a joke and that's not news.

I agree on both counts, Mike.  However, the Saints should have the opportunity to appeal, and do so to someone who hasn't seen/heard any evidence one way or another, and therefore hasn't make up their mind, a la Goodell.  

6/19/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

I'm still fairly certain the Saints are completely wrong and could be proven, Goodell is a joke and that's not news.

6/19/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

I know you'll hate the NASCAR reference, Pat, but honestly, NASCAR's appeals process draws from a group of gentlemen who are former participants in the sport, in some way, who now hold positions still connected to the sport.  The final appeals process is a gentleman currently unconnected to the sport, but with experience in the sport.  It's not perfect, but it IS better than having one person playing God.

I know there are past participants in football who have experience, knowledge and the ability to remain impartial in order to act as part of an Appeals Board.  Goodell has no part in any appeals process.