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Old 05-02-2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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Steelers take to Twitter after Bountygate suspensions

May 2, 2012
By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Several Steelers players reacted incredulously today on Twitter to the punishment handed four New Orleans Saints players -- including a one-year suspension to linebacker Jonathan Vilma -- for their role in Bountygate.

Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley was one of several players who voiced displeasure after National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the suspensions.

"Vilma suspended a whole yr FOR PLAYING FOOTBALL???? Cmon man!!!!!," Woodley wrote on Twitter.

Outside linebacker James Harrison, who has been fined and suspended by the league for illegal hits, tweeted, "Ridiculous, and nobody really sees why the punishments have been so severe over the past 3 4 years! Lawsuits and 18 games???"

Safety Ryan Clark played for the Washington Redskins when Gregg Williams, who was suspended indefinitely without pay for orchestrating the bounty scandal with the Saints, was their defensive coordinator. Williams is the defensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams.

"Wonder why the team got the least penalties in Bounty Gate! Think about who elects & rewarded the commish, it's the owners of the teams!" the safety wrote on Twitter.

Vilma was one of four players identified as the ringleader of the bounty program that financially rewarded teammates for taking out or injuring star players on the opposing team. He was given the harshest penalty -- a one-year suspension -- for his role.

Also suspended were defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove (eight games), defensive end Will Smith (four games) and linebacker Scott Fujita (three games). Fujita now plays for the Cleveland Browns.

Responding on Twitter to a question about whether other teams condone similar actions, Harrison wrote, "I can't say that every team does that cause we don't and I haven't played for any other team."

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/...nsions-634069/
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:46 PM   #2
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Players should stop twitting.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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I prefer my response to Ryan


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Wonder why the team got the least penalties in Bounty Gate! Think about who elects & reworded the commish, it's the owners of the trams!

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Old 05-02-2012, 07:11 PM   #4
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more reason for goodell to hate our defense even more. expect the next james harrison infraction to be a multi game suspension
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just stay the hell off Twitter. Please.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:41 PM   #6
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I'm all for free speech, but free speech refers to being free from persecution not free from your employer telling you to shut up, which is what Tomlin needs to do. Of course our team doesn't make as ridiculous "tweets", but the Steelers are starting to sound like the Jets.
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The defensive players we're just doing as instructed by their coach. He's the one who should be punished, and he has been.

Now, as for twitter. I normally agree with a lot of what our players have to say, but this is a bit ridiculous. It's cool to speak your mind, but what these guys are doing now is putting a target on their backs. Goodell will be all over them if they don't cool it.
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[QUOTE=Bayz101;1009924] It's cool to speak your mind, but what these guys are doing now is putting a target on their backs. Goodell will be all over them if they don't cool it.[/QUOTEand this is different than when?

]roger will be all over them if they do cool it. goodell has had a target on their back since before twitter. he's had a hard on for them as the hardest hitting team ever since he took over and the 1st lawsuit hit. why do you think the players respond to him the way they do?

hell, im generally a nice guy and i call him a piece of shit via twitter.
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Twitter is just talking out loud. This is the US of A, it's fine. Besides, Harrison's suggestion is right on the mark; if player safety is the key, Goodell should be suspended indefinitely for repeatedly bringing up and pushing the 18-game schedule.
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Twitter is just talking out loud. This is the US of A, it's fine. Besides, Harrison's suggestion is right on the mark; if player safety is the key, Goodell should be suspended indefinitely for repeatedly bringing up and pushing the 18-game schedule.
On the flip side, I would suggest that until the players take the ramifications of bounties more seriously with regard to player safety, their reasons for refusing an 18 game schedule (player safety) ring hollow.


I agree with most posters here. Tweet less and think more.
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