NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced a league-wide initiative to curb any program of non-contract bonuses.
The announcement, which came in conjunction with Goodell suspending four Saints players for their role in the team’s bounty program, informs NFL teams of the following measures:
- The policies prohibiting bounties and any related activity will be re-stated and re-emphasized for all league personnel, detailing with specificity the scope of prohibited activities.
- Each NFL head coach will be required to review the relevant league rules with his players and assistant coaches during minicamp or preseason training camp.
- Information will be distributed to each player in the league on how to confidentially report violations of rules pertaining to player safety and the integrity of the game.
- Programs will be developed to teach safe and fair play, and respect for the game and its participants, at all levels of play. Several Saints employees have expressed their strong interest in participating in the development of these programs.
Goodell suspended Jonathan Vilma for one year, Anthony Hargrove eight games, Will Smith four games and Scott Fujita three games.