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03/05/2012 - 11:51am
King on M&M: Saints will face suspensions

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday morning to give his take on the Saints' bounty scandal.

Most of the attention has centered on former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for organizing the bounty program, with coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Looms next in line, but King said punishments are likely for players as well.

"I think some guys on the Saints, some players, are going to get suspended," King said. "I think Jonathan Vilma is very likely to get suspended for his role in this. There's a confidential NFL document that I have possession of that basically says that Vilma offered [$]10,000 in cash for anybody that would knock Brett Favre out of the [2009 NFC championship game]. This thing is not just going to end with Gregg Williams, Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis."

That said, King predicts Williams will face the most serious penalty.

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03/05/2012 - 9:52am
Kendall on D&C: NFL bounties 'disappointing'

Former Boston College and NFL offensive lineman Pete Kendall checked in with Dennis & Callahan Monday morning to share his thoughts about the NFL's bounty controversy.

"What was more surprising to me was that this many people were actively involved in essentially trying to hurt opponents. That was beyond just surprising but disappointing," said Kendall, referring to former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' program of financially rewarding players who inflicted game-ending injuries on key opponents.

Kendall said that during his 13-year NFL career he saw players offering bonuses to each other, but for positive plays rather than knockout hits.

"It's very common from every team that I played on that you would have some form of an informal reward system," he said. "You'd have guys who might be on the higher end of the pay curve who might say we're going to do $200 this week for anybody who causes a...

03/05/2012 - 8:47am
SI's Banks on D&C: Saints went too far

Sports Illustrated NFL writer Don Banks joined Dennis & Callahan Monday morning to talk about the bounty scandal that has gripped the league. Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has admitted to organizing a program in which players were rewarded for inflicting game-ending injuries on key opponents.

"I was not stunned or shocked, [but] I thought the width and breadth of this was surprising," Banks said. "And I though the fact that it went on as long as it did, it was so established, and a coach would be as brazen as Gregg Williams was in the Saints' Saturday night defensive meetings. Because there's so much player movement in the league these days, all it takes is one guy to end up on a team that's an opponent and talk. That's what surprised me, that it would be so organized. I thought a lot of teams probably had something loosely based on this idea. But the Saints went further."

Banks said he wouldn't be...

03/05/2012 - 7:51am
Mashup: Sox sexual abuse scandal widens

Eight more men have come forward to join the group that has accused former Red Sox clubhouse manager Donald J. Fitzpatrick of sexual abuse. Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005 at age 76 while serving a 10-year suspended sentence for attempting to sexually assault youths at spring training in Florida, has been accused by more than 20 men of sexually abusing them between the 1960s and '90s.

A Boston Globe report indicates the eight recent accusers are seeking $5 million each from the Red Sox. Two of the accusers are former Orioles batboys who also are suing the Orioles for allegedly failing to prevent the abuse at the park in Baltimore.

"The evidence indicates Donald Fitzpatrick sexually abused children in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Florida," said Boston lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, who represents 10 recent accusers. "The question arises, where else? We believe this is the tip of the iceberg."

The Red Sox released the...

03/04/2012 - 9:02pm
Report: Pats to franchise Welker Monday

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker is expected to be hit with the franchise tag sometime before the Monday afternoon deadline, according to Boston.com. The league has not officially announced the franchise numbers for 2012, but the receiver position is expected to be set at approximately $9.4 million. (The franchise tag deadline is Monday at 3:59 p.m., and free agency begins on March 13.)

The 30-year-old Welker, who has caught more passes the last five seasons than anyone in the NFL (554), just came to the end of a five-year deal with the Patriots he signed just before the 2007 season, a contract that was worth $18.5 million.

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