When Goodell chose to suspend the Saints Coaches and the four players who he deemed played major roles in this whole "Bountygate" controversy, wasn't it a very hypocritical act in "looking the other way" from the others who he claims were also involved? Initially, he had claimed 22-27 players were involved. Many of them are still playing. If we are to believe that the incidents spanned from 2009-2011, the list would include all kinds of players, such as Shanle, Harper, Roby, PRob, Ellis, Dunbar, Jenkins, Ayodele,Young, Casillas and this list goes on and on. Are you going to tell me none of them ever received a payment? None of them had a fumble recovery? An interception, a sack, a big hit?
Bear in mind, any and all of these players could have received a small fine, a large fine, a 1 game suspension, or even probation. If Goodell really thought this was a serious matter (which it seems to be) and that the team was warned at least once, and that important safety issues were involved, and that all were complicit (there were no whistle-blowers), wasn't there an element of guilt associated with everyone who was a part of it? Why would he look the other way completely? He has absolute power. All these players knew about it and participated (according to him). Not one of them took steps to end it. They all watched and cheered as the payments were handed out and ( at times) donated back to the fund.
If this commissioner wants to pretend that he is motivated by safety concerns for all who were involved, not just a few, didn't he have the responsibility to penalize all who contributed to this culture and system?
Obviously I am not trying to lobby for a longer list of penalties for Saints and ex-Saints players. I am just trying to point out Goodell's hypocrisy and how he seems to be getting a pass in this regard.