Tag:Anthony Hargrove
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:13 pm
 

Hargrove says there was no bounty on Favre

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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Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:55 pm
 

More nuggets on Saints' bounties come to light

Gregg Williams wasn't the only one to get hooked by the NFL on the bounty pools in New Orleans.  (AP)
By Josh Katzowitz

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King has an interesting story on the NFL’s investigation into the pay-for-performance ring* instigated by about two dozen Saints players and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and some of the details that are unearthed are worth noting because it’s the first we’ve heard of them.

*I will not call it Bounty-gate. I will not call it Bounty-gate. I will not call it Bounty-gate. 

First off, read the first two paragraphs of the story, because it paints a tremendous picture of how the rewards were distributed in front of the entire defense and how, sometimes, the Saints would urge the honoree to put the money back into the pool instead of accepting it.

New Orleans' forgettable offseason
Aside from that chilling color, here are few more nuggets reported by King.

-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!’”

-As we know, the investigation was halted for lack of evidence -- because everybody involved basically denied the bounty pool’s existence -- but it’s interesting to note how the NFL began looking into it in the first place. After the Vikings playoff game, Minnesota officials informed the league that it had information that a bounty had been placed on Favre and a bounty had been placed on Kurt Warner the week before.

Williams, Hargrove and assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Vitt all denied the allegations, and apparently, the investigators told Saints general manager Mickey Loomis to make sure there was no bound program. Loomis said he would.

Obviously, he didn’t. Which means he not only apparently lied to his boss but he also apparently lied to NFL officials. When the investigation started up again in last season’s playoffs, Saints owner Tom Benson told the NFL he would contact Loomis to make sure there was no bounty program.

-King also talked to Scott Fujita, who’s been very active on the player safety front. And who happened to be a big-time contributor (between $2,000-$10,000) to the bounty pool in New Orleans.

"Over the years I've paid out a lot of money for big plays like interceptions, sacks and special teams tackles inside the 20,” Fujita told King. “But I've never made a payment for intentionally injuring another player."

Still, paying into a bounty like that sort of clouds the message of player safety, doesn't it?

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:26 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Knox carted off field; has movement, Lovie says

By Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED: Coach Lovie Smith said Johnny Knox has movement in his extremities.

"Johnny has total movement throughout his body, has total use of all his extremities," Smith told reporters.

Obviously, that's exceptional news.

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Already down a receiver after the Bears waived Sam Hurd on Friday, Johnny Knox appeared to be hurt seriously early in the first quarter of the Chicago-Seattle game.

After catching a pass from Caleb Hanie in the flat, Kam Chancellor caused Knox to fumble, and as Knox tried to recover the ball, he was blasted by Anthony Hargrove. The upper half of Knox’s body bent backward as his momentum tried to continue forward.

Knox

Earl Thomas ultimately recovered the ball for the Seahawks, but Knox remained on the turf for several minutes afterward. He was strapped to a body-board and taken off the field on a cart. Knox, whose helmet was removed, was moving his hands and arms as he was led off the field. He then gave a brief thumbs-up to the crowd.

He has a back injury and won't return to the game.

(H/T to Bubba Prog for the GIF)

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Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:14 am
Edited on: July 8, 2011 10:37 am
 

Anthony Hargrove still hurt by brother's death

A. Hargrove is still affected by the death of his brother (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A few weeks ago, we told you that the brother of Saints DL Anthony Hargrove had been stabbed and then later died at a Sarasota, Fla., hospital. Terrence Hargrove, who was 29, had been helping manage his brother’s affairs at the time of his death.

On Thursday, the New Orleans Times Picayune caught up with Anthony Hargrove, who said his older brother was the person who convinced him to play football and was the one who persuaded him to enter rehab when his life was in trouble.

"We spilled blood, sweat and tears together," Hargrove told the paper. "I still have days where I sit in the shower and just cry."

If you read into his history, you can see why Hargrove was so close to his brother. As the paper points out, he and his siblings were homeless by the time Hargrove was 6, and at age 9, their mother died from AIDS complications. He’s twice been suspended by the league because of substance abuse issues.

Now, he’s lost his brother.

"You're standing there trying to be strong for everybody, but your brother's gone," Hargrove said. "It was hard. I still hear his voice. I still see his smile … My faith is carrying me through this. Sometimes life isn't fair. You can't act out in anger or frustration. Just because you don't like what happened is not a reason to go backwards."

For now, it’s unclear how or why Terrence died. The results of an autopsy to determine whether he was murdered or committed suicide have not been released. But investigators have labeled it a “suspicious death.”

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Posted on: June 24, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: June 24, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Brother of Anthony Hargrove killed

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The older brother of Saints DL Anthony Hargrove was stabbed early Thursday morning in Sarasota, Fla., and later died in a hospital emergency room.

Terrence Hargrove was 29 years old.

Capt. Robert Estrada told the Sarasota Herald Tribune that a medical examiner would perform an autopsy on the body to determine the cause and manner of death.

Police said they have interviewed a person of interest, but no arrests have been made.

Terrence Hargrove was working with his brother and helping manage Anthony’s affairs.

"We have an apartment,” Anthony Hargrove said in 2007. “We sit down and we talk. He's only one year older. He's the guy I go to for everything. ... He takes care of all the daily stuff, booking plane tickets, keeping food in the house, doing laundry. He does all that. He takes a lot of the burden off my back so I can just focus on football."

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