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One reason why I hesitated to report on the Hummel resignation is that "the fact itself" has already been reported. Having said that, what does it mean to the Saints or the Saints fans? The more I read, the more I felt like the story was not in the news that was reported, but "how it was reported".NFL, get your damn story straight, either Joe Hummel is, or is not the NFL Director of Investigations who was in charge of the Saints bounty scandal investigation.
Consider first how the story has changed as it was reported:
The first article title by PFT, any "bold & italics" are mine: Head of Saints bounty probe
submits resignation letter
"Per multiple league sources, NFL director of investigations Joe Hummel has submitted a letter of resignation."
Notice that Joe Hummel is named both as Head of Saints bounty probe
as well as the NFL director of investigations.
From CBSSports RapidReports by Larry Holder, his headline:
Report: NFL's bounty investigator
"NFL director of investigations Joe Hummel, who was in charge of the Saints bounty scandal investigation, resigned Friday, ProFootballTalk.com reports."
Notice that in the main copy Joe Hummel is still recognized as the NFL director of investigations.
Per NFL.com reporter Steve Wyche, his article title:Saints 'bounty' investigator Joe Hummel
"Joe Hummel, one of the NFL's investigators in the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" scandal, is leaving his post to take a senior security position at a major company, league spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday"
Notice how via the reporter who works for the NFL had demoted Joe Hummel first to a Saints 'bounty' investigator,
then to just one of a number of the NFL's investigators in the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" scandal.
The NFL league spokesman Greg Aiello downplays Hummel's role as well:
Via Mike Triplett: "Aiello said chief security officer Jeff Miller has led the Saints investigation, and that Hummel reports to Miller."
Via NBC's PFT: The NFL contends that Hummel wasn’t running the bounty investigation, even though his title is “Director of Investigations.” EDIT/Update: NBC's PFT updated the above claim by Aiello:
"Regardless, two men primarily if not exclusive were involved in the probe: Hummel and NFL Security chief Jeff Miller. Thus, even if the “director of investigations” somehow was not directing the investigation, Hummel had an integral role in the process. “He has worked extensively on the investigation,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via email."
In summary, per NFL.com:
"Hummel delayed accepting his new position until his role in the Saints' investigation is complete, Aiello said."
I'll suggest a different possibility, that his role in the Saints' investigation is in fact complete and that the delay will be until the official NFL release, at which point he will be required to sign a non-disclosure release and pick up his last check.EDIT:
At first I left out two premises I think have a foundation, the first being that if they downplay his role people won't think it weakens the NFL's "evidence lacking case", which of course is absurd. It's impossible to weaken a case built upon no evidence at all.
The second part you should see coming, in case he squeals later they would like to have him appear not to know all the details which is equally absurd, he directed the damn investigation.
Bingo, another step in an effort to keep any evidence in the Saints investigation from ever seeing the light of day.
Hmmm... Interesting, to think that so many years ago I thought it was mandatory for me to go to New Orleans and pass that 3rd class Federal Communications license test to be a DJ so I could "Spin Records".