Many now ask, “What are we coming to?” Maybe the question is “What have we become?” Either is logically followed by a simple “Why?” Perhaps I can offer my meager attempt at an answer.
I really wanted to share some thoughts with you this week other than those spurred by sadness. If one read last week’s column, I placed great emphasis on what is, in my opinion, the sacred calling of the policeman. As those words were appearing last Sunday, another outbreak of horror was occurring in Baton Rouge.
Here’s a word to the wise: If you sign on to work for Gov. Bobby Jindal, you better not disagree with him. Just ask Martha Manuel. She was head of Louisiana’s Office of Elderly Affairs until she criticized Jindal’s budget plans for the agency in an appearance before the House Appropriations Committee.
Well, just when I thought things were looking up for the New Orleans Saints, Gregg Williams, former defensive coordinator for the team, decided he would go ahead and ruin the defense some more from his new coaching position in St. Louis.
You see, the Saints had finally signed Drew Brees to a deal, but shortly after I heard that news, the “information” that Williams ran his defense in New Orleans with a bounty-scheme style.
Williams has admitted and apologized for running a bounty pool of up to $50,000 over the last three seasons that rewarded players with thousand-dollar payoffs for knocking targeted opponents out of games while he was the Saints’ defensive coordinator.