Now that the dust has settled as the shocking revelations as to how the
New Orleans Saints put bounties on opposing players to encourage serious
injuries, serious scrutiny needs to be given as to whether Saints coaches
and players committed criminal violations for their conduct. And while
some would say that the serious suspensions handed down by the NFL to
Head Coach Sean Payton and others are enough, the unprecedented nature
of the conduct suggests that a lot of people in the Saints organization
should start looking for a really good
criminal defense attorney.
Football is a contact sport. Injuries are part of the game. But it is alleged
that the Saints put high prices on the heads of players so that they suffered
game, season, and career ending injuries. Not only could this constitute
assault, but it could also constitute conspiracy – an agreement
by one or more persons to commit a criminal offense.
But where serious attention needs to be given is to racketeering laws.
RICO laws, as they are better known, were designed by the federal government
to stop the mafia. A careful look at what Saints players did could subject
them to prosecution as a racketeering based organization as there was
an ongoing agreement to commit ongoing criminal conduct for profit. Players
and coaches will be shocked when they are facing double digit mandatory
minimum prison sentences.
Whether prosecutors will ever take on the challenge to go after players
and coaches is another story, but in the meantime, everyone involved should
keep me on speed dial.
Call a reliable Phoenix criminal defense lawyer, like me, if you have been
arrested for a crime.