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Pop Warner Coach Suspended For Bounty Program

Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The president of the Tustin, Calif., Pop Warner football league and the coach of an elite team there have been suspended while the national organization investigates allegations that 10 and 11-year-old  players were offered cash incentives as high as $50 to intentionally injure their opponents.

“We take this matter very seriously and have asked Tustin Pop Warner head coach Darren Crawford and Tustin President Pat  Galentine to step down until this situation is ļ¬nalized,” executive director of Pop Warner, Jon Butler, said in a statement.

With a 12-1 record last season and an appearance at the Pop Warner Super Bowl, the Cobras were formidable opponents.

But according to allegations from some players and parents, the team was playing dirty.
Although an investigation by the Orange Empire Conference, where the complaint was initially filed, found no wrongdoing, National Pop Warner officials decided to reopen the case “in light of new information and players coming forward,” Butler said.

A local designee not affiliated with the program has been asked to spearhead an investigation that is expected to last several weeks, according to Pop Warner officials.

Parents claimed that Crawford and former assistant coach Richard Bowman paid players when they took out their opponents in playoff games.

In one instance, a Cobras player was allegedly paid after a running back from Santa Margarita suffered a mild concussion and had to leave the field, the Orange County Register reported.
Crawford and Galentine have denied the allegations of a bounty program at Tustin Pop Warner.
Interim president Mark Gutierrez said he was “deeply saddened by claims of an alleged bounty program at our league” in a letter to parents.

“It is important that our children have the opportunity to play football in the most supportive environment possible,” he said.

Earlier this year, an NFL investigation found the New Orleans Saints operated on a pay-for-pain system from the 2009 season, when they won the Super Bowl, until 2011.

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Senate to Hold Hearing on Bounties in the NFL

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Calling the New Orleans Saints' bounty system “troubling” and “disturbing,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL., announced on Thursday his intention to hold a Judiciary Committee hearing in April about bounties in the NFL.

“A spirit of aggressiveness and competitiveness is an integral part of many sporting contests, but bribing players to intentionally hurt their opponents cannot be tolerated,” Durbin said on the Senate floor. “We have to put an end to this.”

Durbin said he is convening a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee to make sure that this never happens again on any team in any sport.

“We will have a hearing and put on the record what sports leagues and teams at the professional and collegiate levels are doing to make sure that there's no place in athletics for these pay-to-maim bounties,” he said. “I want to hear the policies and practices in each of the major sports and collegiate sports that are being put in place and have one explore whether federal legislation is required.”

The hearing, which will be called after the Easter recess in the Senate, will invite representatives and witnesses from the major sporting leagues and the NCAA.

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