The Saints off-season woes began when a confidential report on a Saints pay-to-injure scheme (AKA bounty scandal) was sent to 31 teams and subsequently leaked to the media.
A media war of words ensued over the CBA implications of a pay for injury or a pay for performance scheme.
And a war of evidence also began—the putting forth of evidence in the media by the NFL and other parties replete with the subsequent blasting of holes into said evidence by the media, the NFLPA, and the Saints.
This worthy process will hopefully propel the case in its entirety into a courtroom. In that venue, all witnesses and evidence will be subjected to cross-examination before a trier of fact.
It is there, through watching the demeanor of each witness and determining truthfulness, each side’s theory of the case is tested. And it is there a determination will be made as to which side more nearly resembles the truth.
However, if we were to think outside the bounty box—would you have followed this trail if you were the Commissioner in search of safer play? The Who Dat Nation would beg to differ.