Jeremy Shockey: New Orleans Saints Bountygate Snitch Naming Is Pointless

Jamal Wilburg@JWilburgCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Head Coach Sean Payton and Tight end Jeremy Shockey #88 of the New Orleans Saints wait on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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It doesn't matter if Jeremy Shockey snitched or didn't snitch on the New Orleans Saints' bounty program.

The fact that Warren Sapp took to Twitter to accuse him of snitching and that Shockey tweeted a text message with his former coach Sean Payton to deny it further proves what's wrong with the league.

The fact that Sapp would go after Shockey as the snitch makes it appear as if the bounty program that is illegal in the league should have been endorsed and not leaked to the league office.

That just isn't right.

Sapp's comments can easily give the impression that he, as a defensive player, sees more wrong with snitching on illegal activity than the activity itself. If this assumption is truly his frame of thought, then it could be easy to see how such a program came into existence and was able to be transitioned from team to team with Williams.

This is why Roger Goodell had to act and had to make an example.

Initially, the commissioner's penalties to Payton and the Saints seemed excessive, since Williams was the main man running the operation. However, in order to attempt to curb the temptation for other league teams to engage in similar activity, the punishment has to outweigh the potential gains. Especially since the Saints won the Super Bowl while providing incentives to players for causing injuries and causing players to be removed from the field on carts.

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Now teams and players will have to think twice before establishing or continuing a bounty program if it already is in existence.

It is also safe to say that the league had multiple sources of information. The depth of research and thousands of documents that the league had likely came from multiple sources. To single out a single snitch that could have provided the league with that much detailed information means Jeremy Shockey would have had significant information on the defensive operations of the team as an offensive player.

That just doesn't pass the smell test to me, no matter how much Sapp believes his sources. It will also be interesting to see the final fallout for Sapp outing a potential whistleblower employee of the league.

The bottom line is that the bounty situation has tarnished the reputation of players, coaches and the league as a whole. Not to mention it has also drawn the attention of the Senate.

That is the problem. Not the snitch.

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