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Saints Bounty System Is 'Part Of The Game', LaDainian Tomlinson Says

With 11 NFL seasons under his belt, LaDainian Tomlinson speaks with a certain amount of authority. He's also been among the league's more high-profile offensive players. So, it probably says something when the New York Jets running back says he greets news of the New Orleans Saints' putting "bounties" on players with something similar to a shoulder shrug as he did during an interview on XX 1090 Radio in San Diego (via Sports Radio Interviews):

"Now, I don’t know if there was ever a rule that said it couldn’t be done, but I am sure this is not the first time, trust me. This is not the first time this happened. It’s just now coming out that this type of stuff happened, but I’m not surprised at all. We’ll have to wait and see what the commissioner does as far as discipline, but in all honesty I mean I think it’s kind of part of the game. I mean to be honest with you I don’t think you can discipline them guys too much."

Tomlinson goes on to say that he's sure that he has been the target of these kinds of bounties and doesn't seem particularly bothered by it, noting that whether or not players received bonuses, they were surely looking to knock him out of games.