By Jason Iannone
You know how we tell kids that it’s not important if you win or lose, but how they play the game? Turns out that’s complete horsecrap. If you want to be successful in your chosen field, you have to win, and win often. That would explain why sports are filled with talented people cheating their asses off, because they need a win by any means necessary.
Here are five of the most memorable scandals where people did anything in their power to make winning that much easier, even if it meant “how they play the game” would forever be answered with “as dirtily as humanly possible.”
5. The New Orleans Saints Bounty System
If the Mafia had sponsored a football team, this would probably be their preferred strategy. From 2009 to 2011, the hierarchy of the New Orleans Saints built a winning team by motivating players with financial incentives. Not for scoring touchdowns or rushing for X number of yards, but for hurting certain opponents so badly they couldn’t play anymore. Up to 27 players took the bait, meaning the Saints had basically turned their team into a pack of bounty hunters.
During the course of the investigation, an audio clip surface in which defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was heard instructing his players to injure key San Francisco 49ers players before the teams’ playoff game in January 2012. Williams exhorted Saints players to injure knees, ankles and repeatedly target their heads.