And so the finger-pointing in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal begins.
BINGO! RT @elnicastro: Shockey..? RT QBKILLA: Just Heard Who The Snitch Was— Warren Sapp (@QBKILLA) March 21, 2012
But CBS Sports' Mike Freeman is reporting that Shockey wasn't the "source" in the scandal:
Shockey was not the Bountygate source. Repeat: he wasn't. Not true. And I don't even like Shockey.— mike freeman (@realfreemancbs) March 21, 2012
So why the quotes around the words snitch and source?
Because judging Shockey—or whomever the informant was in this situation—as a snitch is flat-out stupid way of looking at this situation.
Shockey, for what it is worth, is denying that he had anything to do with the situation:
Whomever informed the NFL of this despicable bounty system should be admired for looking out for the safety of NFL players, not chastised for breaking some sort of unspoken and archaic code of silence that people fall back on to protect themselves from the repercussions of their deplorable actions.
And Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post chimes in and agrees with both of us:
I agree with @ChrisWarcraft: Calling the person who exposed BountyGate a "snitch" is despicable. That player did the sport a service.— Bart Hubbuch (@NYPost_Hubbuch) March 21, 2012
So think before you tweet, Warren Sapp. The "snitches get stitches" mentality has no place in the NFL. The health and well-being of others in the league should take precedence over protecting the idiots who participated in the bounty system found in New Orleans.
There are no snitches here. Only admirable and much-needed sources of information.
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