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Senate will investigate NFL over 'bounties' for injured players

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Sen. Richard J. Durbin announced Thursday he will hold hearings looking into the recent revelation that the New Orleans Saints paid players bounties for injuring other teams’ players.

Mr. Durbin, Illinois Democrat and a member of the Judiciary Committee, also said he’ll look at whether it’s feasible to expand bribery laws to cover the practice.

“When an injury is by design and is paid for, we’ve moved beyond any definition of sport,” Mr. Durbin said.

He said he’ll ask for testimony from representatives of the major pro football, hockey, basketball and baseball leagues, as well as the NCAA, which governs major college sports.

The NFL this week suspended several Saints coaches and docked the team some draft picks as a punishment.

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