Durbin Calls NFL Bounty Hearing

    From left, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., take part in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, to discuss the payroll tax cut compromise under consideration in the Senate.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    Sen. Dick Durbin is not at all happy with the New Orleans Saints, and is setting up a Judiciary Committee hearing on bounty programs in the NFL. The intervention comes despite the NFL’s harsh crackdown on bounty systems, in which players are given cash bonuses to injure opponents. The league suspended Saints coach Sean Payton for a year after his team’s system was revealed. “If this activity were taking place off of a sporting field, away from a court, nobody would have a second thought” about whether it was wrong, Durbin said

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