March 30, 2012
New Orleans Saints's Bounty Program: An Intentional Tort?
Over at The Atlantic, Jake Simpson ponders whether the New Orleans Saints could face tort liability for the "bounty program," where players were paid incentives to injure opposing players:
"There's always the possibility of litigation," said Gabe Feldman, sports law professor at Tulane University Law School. "The real question is the likelihood of success."
Feldman said that current or former players who were injured on plays that may have involved bounty programs could file an intentional tort claim in state court. Defendants in a tort claim could include players, coaches and even top Saints officials if they were aware of the bounty scheme.
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Case law supports these cases and punitive damages would apply in many states. Those players who were harmed should pursue these cases, both against the player who injured them and the Saints organization.
Posted by: John Day | Mar 31, 2012 7:32:28 PM