NFL Suspends Anthony Hargrove for Lying About Saints Bounty Program
Was there grounds to suspend Anthony Hargrove?
After the accusations were leveled, most fans thought the suspension was because of Hargrove’s direct involvement with the bounty system. But that isn’t the case.
Now a Green Bay Packer, the defensive tackle went on the offensive last week, calling out the NFL for saying that it was his voice on the tape presented as evidence. Hargrove has remained steadfast since the beginning of the investigation that he had no knowledge of what was going on with the bounty program.
The league is treading on thin ice when it comes to why it is suspending people, but the explanation the NFL has given to fully explain Hargrove’s suspension is fair.
Pash told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk about the video, in which Hargrove is accused of asking for his money after a big hit:
…second, it [the video] demonstrates Mr. Hargrove's awareness of the program and his understanding that it existed, and it demonstrates that his statements to our investigators in early 2010 denying the program and saying there was nothing like that in existence were false. That is the basis on which the commissioner imposed discipline on Mr. Hargrove.
While there is definitely room for interpretation in this matter, the fact is that all of the evidence points to Hargrove’s guilt. While fans and experts can question the penalties, the offenses are well documented.
As for Hargrove, the NFL isn't suspending him for getting paid to hurt people. The league is coming down hard on him because he was dishonest.
The NFL is trying to set a precedent, and Hargrove just happens to be the player of which an example must be made.
As a league, everyone has to stand up against something as serious as a bounty scandal to make sure it isn’t acceptable at the highest level and that this sentiment trickles down through all ranks of organized football.
As much as Hargrove wants to play innocent, his mere acknowledgment of the system was enough for the league to realize he was lying.
If anything, the NFL veteran should consider himself lucky the penalty wasn’t more severe.
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