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Hargrove says there was no bounty on Favre

Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:13 pm
 
Hargrove admits that he said 'Favre is done!' but that there wasn't a bounty on the former Vikes QB. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The Saints' "pay for performance" bounty scheme that has led to apologies from former defensive coordinator Gregg Wiliams, head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis -- and will undoubtedly lead to stiff sanctions from the league -- has briefly taken a backseat in the never-ending news cycle thanks to Peyton Manning Mania.

But after Manning finds a new home, the Saints will still be on the hook for one of the biggest scandals in recent history: Williams rewarded players with cash payments for injuring opponents. Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported several examples, including one from the team's 2009 Super Bowl season. CBSSports.com's Josh Katzowitz wrote about it Tuesday:

"During the 2009 NFC title game vs. the Vikings -- played in January 2010 -- in which New Orleans defensive linemen Bobby McCray and Remi Ayodel high-lowed Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre and badly spraining his ankle, defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, after Favre temporarily left the game, excitedly proclaimed 'Favre is out of the game! Favre is done! Favre is done!' As King also writes, 'An on-field microphone directed toward the sideline caught an unidentified defender saying, ‘Pay me my money!’”

Not good.

On Thursday, Hargrove, who left the Saints after the 2010 season and played with the Seahawks in 2011, refuted King's report.

"In regards to the hit I made on Brett Favre that has been talked about: it was one of about five times I got to him and the only one that was late," Hargrove said in a statement. "I agree it was a late hit, but in the heat of the moment I was simply trying to make a play. I can assure you that when I got up, I was thinking two things, one, that I cost my team, and two, that I might have just cost myself some money if the NFL fined me.

"To put things in perspective, I received a game ball for my play that day and yet got fined while receiving nothing and expecting to receive nothing for the play some keep referencing. Kudos to Brett, he even asked me if that was all I had! Gotta love him."

Hargrove makes clear that he is speaking only for himself and admits that his "Favre is done!" comments were clearly in bad taste.

"But did I personally want Favre INJURED?" he asked. "Absolutely and categorically NO!"

Hargrove ends with this: "I have made many mistakes in my life and have paid dearly for some of them, and the late hit and the comments were both mistakes, in my opinion. But players all over the league do the same thing every Sunday, make late hits and say stupid things. But I can say with absolute certainty that neither the late hit nor the comment have anything whatsoever to do with the issue being so hotly discussed in the media."

Favre, for his part, said he wasn't upset by the hits he took in that NFC Championship game but we suspect commissioner Roger Goodell will feel differently, particularly in light of the evidence their investigation uncovered.

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Comments

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 10:34 am
 

Hargrove says there was no bounty on Favre

not suprised a player from  a filty city like new orleans would say somethin like a this

Now try again in English. 



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:56 am
 

Hargrove says there was no bounty on Favre

Players paying bounties for big hits and/ or big plays is nothing new.  What is important to remeber here though is that players were getting paid, whether by a coach or coaches, or by his fellow players, for knocking another player out of teh game.  That being said, if a player is injured on a hit, the way Favre was, that hit is going to be scrutinized, because everyone is going to look at it to see if there was anything dirty or illegal that happened.  That is not good for the National Football League, and it is the exact reason why Roger Goodell must come down hard on the Saints.  He must protect the image of the game.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:10 am
 

Hargrove says there was no bounty on Favre

the Saints will still be on the hook for one of the biggest scandals in recent history:
More hyperbole, this whole controversy has been manufactured by the demented Goodell. He could have easily handled it quietly like he did for the Rayvens in 2008.

Peter King reported several examples,
That guy is perhaps the dumbest SOB known to the sports journalism world. He's not as annoying as say, Mike Greenburg, but certainly far dumber in his propensity to just repeat nonsense that some ananomous source, obviously with an agenda, give to him.

But did I personally want Favre INJURED?" he asked. "Absolutely and categorically NO!"
Hargrove sounds like a smart, thoughtful guy. Kudos to Hargrove and SCREW Bert Farve. Anyway, Bert wasn't even upset. When told the Saints may have had a Bounty on him, Bert replied, "What Bounty? I didn't see no paper towels on the field".



Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:25 am
 

Hargrove says there was no bounty on Favre

Some of you people need to get a clue with these comments. This crap started a long time ago, not with the Saints. It's already been proven it was in washingtron with Williams as well, so fine them too why don't ya. Your all just pissed cause they got caught. I must say that anything that happens to the Saints players should also be administered to James Harrison and Ndomikung Suh for being the cheapest players out there who try to hurt other playter as well



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:25 am
 

Hargrove says there was no bounty on Favre

Come on guys lets start working on soft tackling.



Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:32 am
 

Hargrove says there was no bounty on Favre

not suprised a player from  a filty city like new orleans would say somethin like a this



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:26 pm
 

Hargrove says there was no bounty on Favre

Of course he`s going to say that... He got bounty type money for defending his coach.



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:25 pm
 

Hargrove says there was no bounty on Favre

Take the  bowl away, that would make teams think twice next time.



Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:45 pm
 

Hargrove says there was no bounty on Favre

I agree with you.  He deserves to be fined and kicked out of the league for lying after the whole issue has come out.  Especially after the coach and gm of the saints admit to it occurring.  Any Saints defense player during the bounty period that comes out now and tells lies should be kick out of football.  It is best for them to be quiet until Goddell hads out the penalty for bount hunting.  Only idiots would speak out right now.



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:44 pm
 

Hargrove says there was no bounty on Favre

I fully understand it was/is wrong, as far as I'm concerned the Saints are no different than any other team because it happens all the time on every level and will continue to some degree after this is all said and done. The Saints are definitely guilty of two things..ARROGANCE and STUPIDITY! They were told to stop, so whatever they dish out as far as punishment, they deserve every ounce of it. These dime a dozen media clowns are the best.


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