Vote: Was Roger Goodell’s Punishment of Saints ‘Bountygate’ Scandal Too Harsh?


Vote: Was Roger Goodell's Punishment of Saints 'Bountygate' Scandal Too Harsh?Roger Goodell has already handed down plenty of punishment in connection with the New Orleans Saints "Bountygate" scandal. On Wednesday, the sanctions got just a bit worse.

Three current Saints players and one former player were all handed suspensions for their role in connection to the "pay for pain" scandal.

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma got the worst of it, being docked a full season by commissioner Goodell. Defensive linemen Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, and Will Smith were also punished for their alledged roles in the scandal, Hargrove being suspended eight games and Smith getting four.

Former Saints and current Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita also was suspended in connection with the bounties, losing three games of the 2012 season.

The play suspensions come a little over a month after head coach Sean Payton received a full season suspension of his own for overseeing the program. Assistant head coach Joe Vitt (six games) and GM Mickey Loomis (eight games) were also suspended by the league.

The suspensions, along with the loss of two second-round picks and the fine of more than $500,000 from the team appears to be a lot to lose. But is the suspension too harsh?

How would you assess Roger Goodell's punishment of the Saints for BountyGate?

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