In this week's Sports Illustrated, NFL writer Peter King has a comprehensive story on the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal in which he says Commissioner Roger Goodell is furious about the revelations and prepared to take severe action.
"This is a seminal moment in the culture change we have to make," a source close to Goodell told King, according to ProFootballTalk.com. "This has to stop now. Every team needs to hear the message that we’re in a different era now, where this appalling behavior is going to end."
According to King's source, when Goodell first heard the allegations of the Saints paying bounties, the commissioner said, "God forbid this is true. This will be earth-shattering."
King suggested that the commissioner is prepared to come down hardest on former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis and linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who allegedly offered a $10,000 incentive to knock Brett Favre out of the 2009 NFC title game.