Allen feels 'badly' for those affected by Saints' BountyGate

March 28, 2012, 10:33 pm
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Despite being in New Orleans at the height of the Saints' "BountyGate" scandal, Raiders coach Dennis Allen appears to have been spared the wrath of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.But that does not mean questions are not still swirling about, what with Allen having been the Saints' secondary coach at the time.As such, Allen was asked on SiriusXM NFL radio this week his feelings on the gathering storm."In general, I feel badly for everybody that's been involved with the whole situation," Allen said. "It's kind of an unfortunate situation. But the commissioner's made it clear that those type of practices are not acceptable and I support his decisions and what he decided to do from a punishment standpoint."Goodell suspended New Orleans coach Sean Payton for the season, general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games, assistant head coach Joe Vitt for six games and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who ran the bounty system but is now in St. Louis, indefinitely. The Saints were also fined 500,000 and were stripped of second-round draft picks in the 2012 and 2013 drafts."It is very clear," Goodell told the NFL Network. "We have a serious violation of an existing rule that threatens the health and welfare of our players. In addition, this went on for three years and it was investigated. We were misled. There were denials throughout that period."Meanwhile, there continued to be risks to our players and to the integrity of our game. So it calls for a very significant and clear message."Allen insists he heard said messageloud and clear."You can play this game in a physical manner without the intent to injure," he said. "And I think that's really, at the end of the day, what the NFL is trying to accomplish."