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Lawyer says NFL's bounty evidence strong

The Sports Xchange
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Evidence shows that New Orleans Saints players received payments for hits on targeted opponents, according to a former U.S. attorney hired by the NFL to evaluate its investigation of the team's bounty program.

Mary Jo White said in a conference call that evidence in the league's investigation of the three-year system provided "an unusually strong record," and came from people with "firsthand knowledge and corroborated by documentation."

Asked twice whether any players were paid for hits, White said they were, but didn't give specifics. She said most of the money in the kitty came from the players.

"Without them, there wouldn't been a bounty program," she said.

Four current and former New Orleans players suspended Wednesday for their roles: linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the 2012 season; defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with Green Bay, for eight games; defensive end Will Smith, for four games; and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, for three games.

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