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The Senate wants to grill the NFL about bounties

WASHINGTON -- The Senate wants to grill the NFL about bounties. And the NBA, NHL, NCAA and Major League Baseball are invited, too. Sen. Dick Durbin is setting up a Judiciary Committee hearing about bounties in professional football and other major sports in the wake of news that New Orleans Saints players received extra cash for hits that hurt particular opponents. The assistant Senate majority leader, an Illinois Democrat, said Thursday he wants to examine whether federal law should make such bounty systems a crime. "Lets be real basic about it here. If this activity were taking place off of a sporting field, away from a court, nobody would have a second thought (about whether its wrong). You mean, someone paid you to go out and hurt someone?" Durbin said in a telephone interview before raising the issue on the floor of the Senate. "It goes way beyond the rules of any sporting contest, at least team contest, to intentionally inflict harm on another person for a financial reward," he said. His announcement came a day after the NFL took a harsh stand on bounties, suspending Saints head coach Sean Payton for all of next season, and indefinitely banning their former defensive co-ordinator, Gregg Williams. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis was barred for half of 2012, an assistant coach got a six-game ban, and the team also was docked two second-round draft picks and $500,000. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell still needs to decide what penalties to give players who were involved in the Saints scheme from 2009-11. "I am encouraged by what the National Football League did. What they came down with as a penalty on the New Orleans Saints was decisive and historic," Durbin said, adding that he thought the league was "taking this very seriously." But moving forward, the NFL and other leagues must "come up with standards to make sure this isnt going to happen again," he said. Otherwise, lawmakers will need to "at least explore whether it is necessary to have federal legislation in this area." One possibility, Durbin explained, would be to extend federal sports bribery laws to cover bounties, so that "if someone offers in a team sports situation some sort of value, money or otherwise, to intentionally hurt another player, that, in fact, would be a crime." In an email to the AP, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote: "Commissioner Goodell has taken strong action to ensure that bounties are eliminated from the NFL. We have not heard from Senator Durbin but would be pleased to discuss the matter with him." Under the bounty system overseen in New Orleans by Williams -- who was hired in January by the St. Louis Rams -- the targeted players included quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Brett Favre and Kurt Warner. "Knockouts" were worth $1,500 and "cart-offs" $1,000, with payments doubled or tripled for the playoffs. According to the league, Saints defensive captain Jonathan Vilma offered $10,000 to any player who knocked then-Vikings QB Favre out of the 2010 NFC championship game. Durbin isnt sure when the hearing will happen, but he said it could be two to three weeks from now. www.vikingsjerseyforsale.com/Letroy-Guion-Jersey-For-Sale/ .J. -- With leading receiver Victor Cruz still unsigned, the New York Giants have added Louis Murphy. www.vikingsjerseyforsale.com/Jamarca-Sanford-Jersey-For-Sale/ . -- Phoenix Suns centre Marcin Gortat had the game ball tucked under his jersey, and before heading into the locker room to celebrate, he approached an official at the scorers table. http://www.vikingsjerseyforsale.com/Ala … -For-Sale/ . James Harden scored 20 points, Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik added 13 points apiece and the Rockets cruised past the cold-shooting Cleveland Cavaliers 116-78 on Friday night. www.vikingsjerseyforsale.com/Everson-Griffen-Jersey-For-Sale/ . Jordan Taylor added 21 points, including five baskets from beyond the arc, and also dished out six assists for the fourth-seeded Badgers (24-8), who will face Kansas State in the third round. "We were playing a tough, physical team that really made us battle for everything we had, and we stepped up to that challenge," Leuer said. www.vikingsjerseyforsale.com/Paul-Krause-Jersey-For-Sale/ . Clevelands hustling centre needs surgery to repair a muscle that split near his right knee, which could cause him to miss two more months -- a major setback for a young Cavaliers team struggling through another miserable season.RENTON, Wash. -- Once he was cut in Minnesota for cap reasons, veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield made it a point to have his representatives reach out to the Seattle Seahawks to see if he could fit with one of the more talented defensive back units in the NFL. Seattle was plenty interested in adding a former All-Pro to its already stacked secondary, another chapter in an off-season where the Seahawks have made one impressive move after another. "This year we feel blessed. I think its a testament to coach (Pete) Carrolls staff and the way they treat the players as men," Seattle general manager John Schneider said Wednesday. "I think thats kind of gotten around the league and the competition thing is real here. I think players also feel theyre going to be put into a position to accentuate their strengths." Winfield officially became the latest free agent to sign with the Seahawks when his one-year contract with the club was announced on Wednesday. Winfield joins an impressive list of off-season acquisitions by the Seahawks, along with the signings of defensive linemen Cliff Avril, Tony McDaniel and Michael Bennett, and the trade that brought wide receiver Percy Harvin to Seattle from Minnesota. Seattles secondary features two All-Pros in cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas and past Pro Bowl selections Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor. Now Winfield is added to the mix, likely to be the Seahawks fifth defensive back playing in the slot. "While he doesnt necessarily fit our size requirements for the position, hes always been a player that compensated for that deficiency with his intensity, his instincts and his tackling skills," Schneider said. "Hes always been a phenomenal run support player.dddddddddddd. ... Hes very instinctive inside and he had a very nice season last season. You could see him playing inside against bigger guys like Brandon Marshall and Calvin Johnson and disrupting them." Winfields time in Minnesota came to an abrupt and surprising end in March when the 35-year-old had his contract terminated to clear more salary cap space. Minnesota was reportedly trying to bring Winfield back on a deal that didnt cause such a hit to its salary cap, but he opted for joining the Seahawks. Schneider described Winfield as feeling "angst" as he weighed the offers from Seattle and Minnesota. Winfield was due a $7.25 million salary in 2013. One of the most popular players in the Vikings locker room, Winfield had a hard-hitting style, extensive experience and exceptional tackling ability that made him the soul of the defence for the last nine seasons. Winfields playing time was reduced in 2012 to preserve his health, but he had one of the most productive seasons of his career with 11 tackles for loss, three interceptions and 13 passes defended. "A player of this calibre you want to show as much respect as you can for them, so we wanted to be very careful what kind of offer we were going to make, if anything. And what we did is coach Carroll had a great conversation with Antoine about his general philosophy about competition at each position so he understood what he was getting into," Schneider said. Schneider also said it was too early to determine where Chris Clemons recovery from ACL surgery is and whether he would be a candidate for the physically unable to perform list when the season begins. Clemons was injured in Seattles playoff victory at Washington. ' ' '

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