"Bounty Scandal": An Exercise In Coordinated Divisiveness

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March 25, 2012; Palm Beach, FL, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during an press conference at the annual NFL meetings at the Breakers Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

An overlooked implication of the entire media storm that has gone on unabated is that it was a controlled experiment by the NFL. A great deal of effort and planning was obvious in the carefully orchestrated leaks to the media that preceded the first official NFL release on the story.

This morning while gathering my thoughts a single word occurred to me: divisive

As always when this happens I went straight to the dictionary to get a better look at the word, and realized just how apt it was for this situation.

From TheFreeDictionary.com:

di·vi·sive adj. …Creating dissension or discord.

I went a bit farther to find out how the word would be explained to people unfamiliar with the English language and found this:

From Mirriam Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary:

di·vi·sive dəˈvaɪsɪv/ adjective …”Causing a lot of disagreement between people and causing them to separate into different groups”

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  • larryjames836

    What is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell up to today look like no good he knows the Saints Fans knows he up to know good. A question was ask where is Tom Benson Roger Goodell must have them all hiding. Tom Benson need to get on Roger Goodell like Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys NFL don’t raise bell with Jerry.Owners stand up for your team.

  • larryjames836

    I think Roger Goodell is talking us Saints Fans fighting among themselves plus the other 31tea ms fans fighting with Saints like watching a soap opera so why are we as Saints Fans fighting among ourselves. We must get pass this and focus on we or hosting the Super Bowl and keep our team lifted up because what’s done is done the only thing the New Orleans Saints and Fans can do is show the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the 31 teams fans that we are not the laughing stock of the show nor are lamb. We are the WHO DAT NATION the strongest fans
    base and we love our team know matter what because that 31 teams they have or had a bounty program also, so you fans of the other 31 teams your team might be next hitting are not going to stop for either teams so don’t let Roger Goodell think we Saints fans are the only ones your team could be next because it’s not funny Like Roger Goodell and media takes it to be. NFL just need to come up a game plan so they can stay off the media and trying to cover up this mess that should have been straight decade a go.

  • larryjames836

    I think Roger Goodell is talking about us Saints Fans fighting among themselves plus the other 31tea ms fans fighting with Saints like watching a soap opera so why are we as Saints Fans fighting among ourselves. We must get pass this and focus on we or hosting the Super Bowl and keep our team lifted up because what’s done is done the only thing the New Orleans Saints and Fans can do is show the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the 31 teams fans that we are not the laughing stock of the show nor are lamb. We are the WHO DAT NATION the strongest fans
    base and we love our team know matter what because that 31 teams they have or had a bounty program also, so you fans of the other 31 teams your team might be next hitting are not going to stop for either teams so don’t let Roger Goodell think we Saints fans are the only ones your team could be next because it’s not funny Like Roger Goodell and media takes it to be. NFL just need to come up a game plan so they can stay off the media and trying to cover up this mess that should have been straight decade a go.

  • Magyver

    Larry, it’s the old strategy of “Divide & Conquer” taken into sports. The Saints had people worried in the preseason that we were a danger if we got to play for the SB title in our own dome.

  • larryjames836

    Magyver; do you think the New Orleans Saints were setup with this bounty scandal there are to much mess between the NFL & NFLPA to me it sounds like the NFL trying to say the Saints injury all these guy’s. Also said they want to watch game tape between the Saints & 49er’s what would happen if the NFL is wrong I believe they are being setup by the NFL to cover some of the lawsuits do you thank NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did everything to protect the safety of the players. Me myself I don’t think he did because hard hitting been going on when he took sit I’m just saying this is a big puzzle its going to get deeper than it is now what you thank about it.

  • Bayoubelle58

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