In March, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin declared his intention to hold hearings on the NFL bounty scandal. The proposed hearings were supposed to include the NBA, NCAA and Major League Baseball, in a more encompassing discussion about concussions and sports.
But it was clear that Sen. Durbin's target was the NFL.
Three months later, after a private meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell -- poof, no hearings. Here is what else is better
: Three months later, in September, the NFL announced it was donating a record $30 million
to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health -- an organization created by Congress to raise private funds and create public-private partnerships to support the National Institute for Health -- for research into concussion injuries.
Durbin is an influential member of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, which oversee NIH, and has been a major NIH supporter in Congress.
And so here we are in December with Gregg Williams finally in Washington to testify the way the NFL likes it -- behind closed doors. LINK
This post was edited on 12/6 at 2:30 pm