Give Us Your Thoughts: If Mike Cerullo Blew The Whistle, Was He Right To Do So?

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From sports editor Jeff Otterbein:

Former Saints defensive quality control coach Mike Cerullo, now on the UConn football staff, is alleged to have been a “whistleblower” in the New Orleans Saints bounty scheme [read more about that in previous post by Desmond]. Some will applaud him; others will not. As Desmond works on this story today, we’re looking for your thoughts, whether you have played sports or not:

1. When someone sees something they believe is wrong, should they “blow the whistle?”
2. In the world of football, what happens behind closed doors stays there.
Weigh in on the situation.

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5 thoughts on “Give Us Your Thoughts: If Mike Cerullo Blew The Whistle, Was He Right To Do So?

  1. richard c

    Of course he should.When I heard that tape it made my blood boil.These coaches that advocate this deliberate attempt to injure should be banned for life.

  2. Arte A...

    Andrew, contextual information missing? Did you not hear the tapes? LOL
    Could this be if you have a job it is easier to look the other way and once you do not the conscience becomes your guide?
    Either way a saying by a great artist by the name of Sweet Pie said it best.
    “Even if you win the rat race you are still a rat.”
    That is my take on it……..

  3. Andrew

    If he did it because he thought it was wrong then I have no problem with it. But if he did it because he was disgruntled regarding his recent termination, as the report indicated, I cannot approve.

    There is too much contextual information missing for me to say if the bounty’s were morally right or wrong. The whole point of a hard hit is to knock down a player’s stamina and I see no issues with motivating defensive physicality so long as the hits are legal. Unfortunately some players are dirty and do play with the intent of causing serious injury,and this makes the notion of a bounty seem much worse than it may actually be.

  4. UConn fan

    1. When someone sees something they believe is wrong, should they “blow the whistle?” If the scandal at PSU is any reminder, of course he did the right thing. Evil thrives when good men do nothing.
    2. In the world of football, what happens behind closed doors stays there. Depends on the situation. If it’s illegal, immoral or fattening, I’d say no. Look at what’s going on in the Petrino fiasco. Well maybe you can overlook the fattening thing. ;-)

  5. FrankyB

    Whether it was Mike Cerullo or someone else, what the Saints were doing could cause serious lifetime injuries; was against league rules and was ‘criminal’. Whoever it was, he did the right thing and I respect him for it.

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