Bountygate Hype Obscures Issue: Violence

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A wise man — possibly Keyser Söze; probably Charles Baudelaire — once said that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn’t exist. When it comes to Bountygate, the greatest trick the National Football League has pulled is convincing the sports world that the entire sordid, farcical, seemingly endless pay-for-pain affair is all about justice.

Or, more accurately, the league’s kangaroo court jurisprudence.

In the wake of former league commissioner Paul Tagliabue’s arbitration ruling on the matter, reaction was swift, widespread and mostly focused on: (a) the legal and procedural facts of the case; (b) the larger power struggle between New...

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