This is what I just sent to Goodell and the NFL. Some of you will not like a few of the points, but bear with those please and read through. What Goodell legally did, should never be allowed to happen again to another franchise.
1. Sean Payton is a rogue and he should be punished. Because of a legal loophole, he escaped the Vicodin abuse. His reluctantly showing up late and still drunk for the morning-after Super Bowl press conference is arrogant, unprofessional showing disregard for the entire NFL and what he did in covering-up and misleading you and the NFL over the bounty case is direct insubordination and apparently against NFL rules.
2. Every team that has a defensive coach from the Buddy Ryan line of successors, which may be the majority of NFL coordinators, play football the exact same way. Brutalize the QB and physically punish the opponents. We all know this exists throughout the NFL. The Saints institutionalized against your direct orders, again direct insubordination which should be punished.
3. You are essentially the CEO of the NFL trade association as ruling body for a group of franchises. You have no Board of Directors to whom you report nor shareholders. You have absolute power. As the aged and wise statement says, “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.” And with the Saints, this is clearly the case with you.
a. Per NFL coach contract rules, such matters cannot be taken for review to the U.S. judicial system
b. Per NFL contract rules, not even 3rd party neutral binding arbitration is allowed
c. As a result of your extraordinary power, you have the responsibility to rise above ego-based or hidden agenda brutal punishments. In fact, as a result of your absolute power, you have responsibility to be compassionate and your rulings should be to teach and set examples. However, you are clearly trying to destroy the Saints for years. And yes you are right. The Saints fans are more than passionate having suffered through some of the worst football for generations –literally.
4. All of us from major corporations know the NFL has a massive problem that literally threatens the entire NFL in its current state and could dramatically impact the value and ownership of all 32 NFL franchises. That problem just starts with the the law suits from formers players over medical insurance and disability. The number of players grows daily. And in short order, this will become a class action suit with literally thousands of former NFL players suing the NFL.
5. Even though the costs of insurance and disability would be a serious financial hit to the NFL franchises, that is not the NFL version of what you are almost trying to do with the “near death sentence” to the Saints. Those of us from major corporations know the Human Resource and Labor lawyers, the real damage could come when the class action suit goes in front of a jury. Corporations hate jury trials cause most of the public deems corporations as abusive themselves. The magic word here is “Punitive Damages.” Punitive Damages on a class action law suit of all the former players could actually change the ownership structure of the NFL. If the jury decides “3 times” punitive damages and the base judgment against the NFL is $2 billion, the total NFL judgment is $8 Billion. The only way for the NFL to stay profitable would be to share ownership with the former players. The NFL franchise owners would no longer have a monopoly protected by anti-trust laws. They would have shareholders to deal with and to report to.
In summary, the abusive penalties you levied on the Saints and the Saints fan base is two-fold. First, your unprofessional ego with absolute power matching the unprofessional ego of Sean Payton. Secondly, the reality which the NFL is desperately trying to hide and avoid, potential league ownership shared with former players as shareholders and the loss therein of 20%-50% of franchise value to each owner.
If you go further to cripple the Saints with more abusive penalties to the players, the anti-trust laws against the NFL should stripped for no person in America or no business in America should have a single tyrant make decisions unchecked. Isn’t the government our founding fathers risked their lives to institute all about 3 layers of checks and balances. I call on you to rise above your own unprofessional behavior and show Sean Payton the professional way to act and to show true compassion for the Saints fan base by leniency with the players. In reality, the players did what their supervisors told them to do. These are the same players who have to do what their supervisors tell them or they risk losing their jobs. There should NO penalties for the players.