Following a thorough investigation by the NFL, ESPN is reporting that several New Orleans Saints players and at least one assistant coach blatantly violated the NFL's bounty rule by paying players for vicious hits on opposing players.
Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator for the Saints from 2009-2011, has already apologized for his actions, and it's only a matter of time until Roger Goodell hits the Saints with some serious penalties.
But will a hefty fine and a few draft picks serve as an adequate punishment?
What about the players who might have been victims of these alleged "bounty" hits?
Could Williams face criminal charges for allegedly orchestrating an incentive program where his players would receive cash payments for inflicting violent hits on opposing players? Are the players who participated in this scandal criminally culpable?
Are civil charges looming over the Saints' organization? How much information did head coach Sean Payton possess? Was Saints ownership aware of these alleged bounty payments?
And lastly, who was affected by this scandal? How many players were seriously injured or had their careers cut short due to a violent hit from a Saints player looking for a quick cash score?