CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Panthers general manager Marty Hurney says it's "very disappointing" to learn the New Orleans Saints placed bounties on his team's franchise quarterback Cam Newton, as well as other players around the league.
Hurney says, "obviously you don't like to see anything like that," and that "I think anybody can imagine how you feel -- whether it's your starting quarterback or any of your players" being targeted.
The Saints were hit hard by the NFL on Wednesday as Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended coach Sean Payton for the entire season, general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games and stripped Carolina's NFC South rival on two second-round draft picks. There were also fines involved.
Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross added called the Saints' actions "appalling," although he wasn't particularly surprised.