"The only unfortunate aspect of the statement appears in the second paragraph, where the NFLPA asserts that "[u]ntil the facts are known, judgment based on reports in the media is speculative." This ignores the reality that the NFL already has concluded that the Saints maintained a bounty system for three years. Though the NFLPA may disagree with some of the facts (especially those relating to voluntary player involvement, such as linebacker Jonathan Vilma offering $10,000 to whoever knocks Brett Favre out of the NFC title game), the reports in the media come from reports generated by the league, and that information hardly constitutes speculation."
So, we're to accept that the league is just as trustworthy and infallible as the media? My main problem with Florio and his ilk is that they are pushing this story like bounties to injure players was the only thing cited in the league's short little summary report. There may only be a few isolated instances of this (and shame on the Saints for that) mixed in with many more instances of it being a much less offensive incentive program for legal plays. Show me the numbers. The frequency of the so-called "bounty" program may not matter to some, but it matters to me.