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Bountygate backlash could blow if for tipster

Scott Fujita

The backlash against the whistleblower in the Bountygate case could hurt future endeavors to protect players.

In June 2007, during a well-intentioned "concussion summit" in suburban Chicago, the NFL implemented a so-called "whistleblower" program to encourage its players to anonymously report what was perceived as any less-than-adequate treatment of head injuries by team physicians, trainers or even coaches. Five years later, in the wake of Wednesday's somewhat Draconian sanctions levied by...

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