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Gale Sayers: Jail for bounty participants

Gale Sayers, University of Kansas and Chicago Bears

Gale Sayers, University of Kansas and Chicago Bears running back, addresses a luncheon sponsored by the College Football Hall of Fall in South Bend, Ind. (June 2, 2004) Credit: AP

Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers has some strong feelings on the Saints’ alleged involvement in a bounty scheme that ran from the 2009-11 seasons, going so far as to say that those involved should face jail time.

“Those fools should never get a chance to play or coach in the game again. Never!” Sayers said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet’s David Kaplan that aired yesterday. “How can you do that? I have never had anyone say, ‘I’m going to break your arm.’ They should never go out and play this game again, go out and coach this game again.”

When Kaplan suggested there were some who believe the people involved in the bounty scandal should face jail time for their involvement, Sayers agreed.

“Damn right they should,” Sayers said. “Yes, they should.”

Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely, while Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire 2011 season. Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt is suspended for the first six games of the season, and general manager Mickey Loomis has been suspended the first eight games. Four players have been suspended, including linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who was suspended for the 2011 season. All four players have filed suit to have their suspensions overturned.

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