NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger has been suspended six months without pay for suggesting the Philadelphia Eagles put a bounty on Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, Sporting News reported Wednesday.
Baldinger made the bounty comments during an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic last week before the Eagles played the Cowboys Sunday night:
“This is the guy that that we’ve got to hurt,” Baldinger said via Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith. “This is the guy that we’ve got to take out of the game. There’s got to be 10 guys that want to hurt him every single play. In fact, we may even put a little bounty on Ezekiel Elliott.”
The NFL doesn’t take bounties lightly. Several members of the New Orleans Saints were punished severely for a bounty scandal a couple years back, including head coach Sean Payton who was suspended for the entire 2012 season.
Baldinger has been an analyst for NFL Network for the past six seasons, and he played for both the Cowboys and Eagles during an 11-year career in the NFL.