NFL bounty programs could land teams in court

Players on four teams were reportedly paid to injure opponents

It’s no secret that football is a violent sport that can result in some serious injuries, but four National Football League (NFL) teams may have crossed a legal line by putting secret bounties on opposing players, including quarterbacks Brett Favre and Kurt Warner.

The Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints were allegedly involved in “pay for pain” programs that financially rewarded defensive players for inflicting game-ending hits on opponents. Knockouts were worth $1,500, and cart-offs netted $1,000. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who left the Saints for the Saint Louis Rams in the off-season, coached all four teams.

Alanna Byrne

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