The flood of statements from the various parties involved with the alleged bounty program run by the New Orleans Saints, uncovered by an NFL investigation, continue to roll in, and now it's the NFL Players Association's turn. The NFLPA will likely play a big role in whatever happens with this investigation going forward, so all eyes are on how the union handles this delicate situation.
Here's the statement, which is cautious in its approach.
Health and safety is a paramount issue to the NFLPA. The NFLPA was informed of this investigation by the NFL earlier today and will review the information contained in the league's report.
The NFLPA is in a weird spot with this one. This isn't necessarily a players vs. owners battle. Instead, it's players planning to hurt other players, and the fallout could be quite complicated. If it can be proved the bounty system led to serious, career-altering injuries, the union could find itself in the middle of lawsuits -- perhaps against other players; perhaps against the league.