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Sharper’s past words undercut his current claims

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The current “Darren Sharper Radio Tour,” which seems to be part of a broader “Darren Sharper Wants A Job In TV Tour,” contains consistent denials of the worst aspects of the bounty system his former team, the Saints, used for the last three seasons.

Sharper, in radio appearances from Monday, says that no one was paid for trying to injure anyone and that if he was aware of any deliberate attempts to injure opponents, he would have done something to stop it.

Compare that to what Sharper said in early 2010, after the league decided that the Vikings-Saints Bounty Bowl from the 2009 playoffs was sufficiently compelling to justify a season-opening rematch.

“Well, y’all seen Brett had surgery on that ankle we got after in the championship game,” Sharper said on Twitter.  “Come Thursday night 1st game.  X marks the spot.”

If Sharper were still playing, I think I’d be in favor of the NFL giving him a lifetime ban, to go along with the one that Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams deserves.

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41 Responses to “Sharper’s past words undercut his current claims”
  1. godofwine330 says: Mar 6, 2012 8:14 AM

    Lifetime ban? C’mon son (where C’mon man stole their idea from Ed Lover)

  2. IrsaysTwitterThumb says: Mar 6, 2012 8:15 AM

    Throw me into the “Kick the Bum out” crowd for Gregg Williams.

  3. cuffhimbanano says: Mar 6, 2012 8:21 AM

    The counter argument is that in a bounty free game “x marks the spot” is the correct approach.”

  4. radbob1 says: Mar 6, 2012 8:25 AM

    You must also be in favor of a lifetime ban against the Giants defensive players that targeted Kyle Williams head.

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-01-24/giants-targeted-kyle-williams-because-of-his-concussion-history

  5. crabboil says: Mar 6, 2012 8:26 AM

    This is getting out of hand. That was trash talk, plan and simple. There was a lot going back and forth between him and Shiancoe as well. Lifetime ban for that??! Unbelievable…

  6. salmen76 says: Mar 6, 2012 8:30 AM

    Yada Yada yada. The Saints must be doing something right to have the whole league, all the teams and all the media pissed at them. Ha ha. I love it. We’ve never been so relevant before. The Saints have a SB championship and all the press in the world. Ain’t it cool. Oh yea, yall are really going to be pissed when the Saints host and win the SB in the Superdome this year. Geaux Saints!

  7. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Mar 6, 2012 8:32 AM

    what a jack@ss.

  8. whatigot8 says: Mar 6, 2012 8:38 AM

    Sharper said explicitly the word bounty is incorrect. The league called this bounty, not the saints or anyone else.

    There is money on the line for winning. In the nfl, your next game isn’t guaranteed in your contract. You’re doing anything you can to win and get paid. Why are people being so douchey about this.

  9. ackattack22 says: Mar 6, 2012 8:49 AM

    @salme76… Do you think the Saints can get to the Super Bowl without the services of Drew Brees? He will be target #1 if ‘bountygate’ is accepted as no big deal. Since you and other Saints apologists believe bounties to be a part of the game, then you’ll have no problem if all 31 teams put a bounty on Brees. How about $10,000 to end his season and $15,000 to end his career? If this stuff is allowed to go on unpunished, then count on Brees getting hit so hard that he has a matching mark on the other side of his face.

  10. gjperch says: Mar 6, 2012 8:50 AM

    I’m surprised at the cowardice of some NFL players and coaches. By targeting a good/great player from the opposing team, they’re admitting they can’t beat that team at its best. They’re afraid to play that team as it is, they feel that their only hope is to remove that team’s good/great player. How abhorrent, distasteful, and cowardly.

  11. thedisbackindtown says: Mar 6, 2012 8:55 AM

    I am sorry but Sharper is so annoying…He was ok at his postion. Honestly, he does not even come close to someone we should even care about when it comes to the legend of football. He was just an average player that talked like he was above average. LOSER!

  12. JC says: Mar 6, 2012 9:00 AM

    I agree with you Mike, Greg Williams should be banned for life. Sharper is already banned due to a complete lack of talent.

  13. riverhorsey says: Mar 6, 2012 9:02 AM

    Williams doesn’t deserve a lifetime ban but a severe punishment. The NFL should of made it clear decades ago this was not ok.

  14. abninf says: Mar 6, 2012 9:02 AM

    “If Sharper were still playing, I think I’d be in favor of the NFL giving him a lifetime ban”

    Oh Lord *smack forehead* The madness is in full swing.

  15. jonny42671 says: Mar 6, 2012 9:07 AM

    @salmen……get off your mom and dads computer. The short bus just honked it’s horn to bring you to school

  16. usmeagle13 says: Mar 6, 2012 9:09 AM

    Seriously? Now you are just pulling a Limbaugh.

  17. pftrocks says: Mar 6, 2012 9:12 AM

    Lifetime Ban for Bounty??……..If Belicheck didn’t get banned for cheating, I don’t expect any of the coaches involved w this to get the same treatment for something that is more commonplace than what Bill covered up in New England.

  18. halasfan says: Mar 6, 2012 9:19 AM

    Read a good article about this on fox news.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/New-Orleans-Saints-bounty-scandal-nature-of-game-roger-goodell-hypocrisy-030512

    It seems odd that the NFL can make tons of cash off the biggest hits and highlight reel is ok, but giving a millionaire enough money to cover his bar tab is wrong just seems odd.

    Of course we can have a football pool at work here and if someone gets caught they can be suspended without pay or relieved of their duties over a dollar a ticket bragging right on Tuesday.

  19. erictheclown says: Mar 6, 2012 9:22 AM

    @salme76… Do you think the Saints can get to the Super Bowl without the services of Drew Brees? He will be target #1 if ‘bountygate’ is accepted as no big deal. Since you and other Saints apologists believe bounties to be a part of the game, then you’ll have no problem if all 31 teams put a bounty on Brees. How about $10,000 to end his season and $15,000 to end his career? If this stuff is allowed to go on unpunished, then count on Brees getting hit so hard that he has a matching mark on the other side of his face.
    ———————————-
    dont for get letting low lifes not in the organization throw money in the pot.
    I would thro in my $100 to help knock brees out.
    i stand corrected salme76 you have a great idea here!

  20. colt2011 says: Mar 6, 2012 9:29 AM

    Sharper’s continued ranting and defense of the Head Hunter shows HE was involved in some way. He can’t hide forever, so he should stop yapping. While the Saints were improving over the years, it’s also clear they were becoming well known for dirty play. Obviously Williams and his Bounty Boys couldn’t win without assaulting the opposition. Saints didn’t offer to extend his contract because the investigation had already started. When the GM and HC allowed the bounties to continue, they condoned the dispicable behavior. Too bad NO is hosting the next SuperBowl. Had it been 2 years out, I’d bet they would be stripped of the priviledge. Not likely they’ll be considered again for a long time. It may not be fair for the fans, but when a team hires people who shame the organization by intentionally injuring players, they deserve harsh punishment. No way the Saints will get to the SB this year, not when coaches and players are under suspension for extended periods of time. Saints don’t deserve to even make the playoffs. I don’t believe for a minute that the entire team didn’t know what was going on and not ONE player (including the player Rep) tried to shut it down. This lack of respect and regard for safety is on the entire Saints organization. You’ve brought extreme
    disgrace upon the NFL and I hope the punishment is severe.

  21. Peter Venkman says: Mar 6, 2012 9:30 AM

    The NFL is just a microcosm of how America has lost its backbone. Nothing is okay until everybody gets a hug and hears about how special they are.

  22. purple4reak says: Mar 6, 2012 9:30 AM

    Yeah, we know. I made mention of this in a comment on FRIDAY, but for some reason your screamers didn’t want to show it. Who’s the little Napoleon’s in charge of screening over there? Do you want people following your site?

  23. bigjdve says: Mar 6, 2012 9:34 AM

    Sharper is just proving what a lot of people have stated for a long time.

    Most of the players in the NFL are unintelligent lunk-heads.

  24. alewatcher says: Mar 6, 2012 9:35 AM

    salmen76 says: Mar 6, 2012 8:30 AM

    Yada Yada yada. The Saints must be doing something right to have the whole league, all the teams and all the media pissed at them. Ha ha. I love it. We’ve never been so relevant before. The Saints have a SB championship and all the press in the world. Ain’t it cool. Oh yea, yall are really going to be pissed when the Saints host and win the SB in the Superdome this year. Geaux Saint

    ——————
    Not if your coach and half your defense is suspended for at least some, if not all or most of, the season.

  25. yzguy431 says: Mar 6, 2012 9:38 AM

    i think everyone has forgotten just what made this game so popular. once the danger, and violence is legislated out, let’s see if we like it just as much.

  26. brewcrewfan54 says: Mar 6, 2012 9:39 AM

    Lifetime ban? Give me a break. They were given extra cash to hit guys within the rules. The guys were going to do that anyways. Get over it!

  27. axespray says: Mar 6, 2012 9:40 AM

    banned for life?
    so should the nfl Ban anyone that hurts anyone cause there might be a bounty?
    Jared Allen should get banned for targeting Matt Schaub’s knee, The 49ers had a bounty on Eli… Ban ‘em all! …c’mon now, banned for life? smh.

  28. jct32191 says: Mar 6, 2012 9:47 AM

    @allyoujealousidiots
    I’m sure every single NFL team has at one point provided money for a player hurting another player. If you want to get all technical with it wouldn’t you say a little side bet here to take a guy out of the game would be a bounty? You know everyone does that in the league! If it comes down to it every team is going to get suspended eventually. And then we should just not have a draft because the whole league will have forfeited all their picks because the saints aren’t the only ones with a bounty system. Grow up you whinny losers. Sorry the saints are winners now and all you all want to do is try to make their accomplishments look fake.

  29. rbirving says: Mar 6, 2012 9:51 AM

    Cheating is cheating, even if you don’t like the rules.

    I’ve always thought that ‘no one likes to see injuries, but it’s part of the game’.

    Now I see that some coaches coach injuries to the point of awarding players for causing them. I’m saddened by it, it sullies the game and while I’m not into the banned for life basket, I think Greg Williams deserves a one year suspension along with a hefty fine.

    Players that were injured by the Saints should file lawsuits and the Saints should lose multiple draft choices and their Lombardi trophy. There is very little difference between this and gambling.

  30. theytukrjobs says: Mar 6, 2012 9:51 AM

    It is blatant cheating to administer a program that provides financial incentive to players outside of what is detailed in their contracts. Their coaches and execs knowingly administered this system.

    The fact that this was payment for injuring an opposing player is important, but the key fact is that they were knowingly cheating the incentive system to gain an edge.

    You can argue all day about how much advantage this actually gave them. They may need to argue all day whether this is legal under US State and Federal law…

    But at the end of the day they cheated. They knew they were cheating and they knew it was wrong but they did it because they thought it would help them win a superbowl and they won a superbowl. NFL should take back the trophy and send a message that cheating the salary system and cheating the game is not going to fill your trophy case.

  31. thejuddstir says: Mar 6, 2012 10:11 AM

    While pretty boy Sharper sees himself as the next “Troy Aikman” of the broadcast booth, the rest of us see him as the next “Joe Theismann”. Ya gotta know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em Sharper and as I learned long ago, “when you’ve dug yourself a hole, quit digging”.

  32. panther17 says: Mar 6, 2012 10:31 AM

    They did it. They know they did it. Not even trying to deny they did it. Well except the cover up part. Lay the penalties down and move forward.

    Enough of the wait.

  33. purpleguy says: Mar 6, 2012 10:42 AM

    If you really want to punish Sharper either ban him from the NFL network or take away all his mirrors.

  34. halasfan says: Mar 6, 2012 11:02 AM

    Its hard to believe that a team that drafted Reggie Bush would be ok with cheating.

    They should give back the Lambardi like Reg gave up the Hiesman…..?

  35. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 6, 2012 11:04 AM

    Lifetime ban? LOLZ!

    Methinks someone is trying to make a mountain out of a slightly lesser sized mountain.

    Is it bad? Yes.
    Should the Saints be punished? Yes.
    Lifetime ban? Ridiculous.

  36. turbodog1027 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:06 AM

    Banned for life? OVERBLOWN!!!!!!!
    NFL will be Flag Football in 5 years.
    All you people whining about this bounty gate are wusses

  37. johnster67 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:13 AM

    why is no one referencing Buddy Ryans bounties he put on Cowboys players in the early 90s when the Cowboys were good?

  38. canjura says: Mar 6, 2012 11:20 AM

    When I play Madden, I attack the QB as much as I can and as hard as I can. I guess I’m going to be suspended by the Madden Gods for putting bounties on the opposing QBs. :(

  39. kungfubillysims says: Mar 6, 2012 11:21 AM

    purple4reak-Amen brother! Truest thing I’ve read on this site in months. You really have to wonder about these moderators. It seems to me that if your opinion differs from theirs your comment is getting deleted. You don’t have to violate any of the terms of the site you just have to post something they don’t like.

  40. turbodog1027 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:44 AM

    kungfubillysims says: Mar 6, 2012 11:21 AM

    purple4reak-Amen brother! Truest thing I’ve read on this site in months. You really have to wonder about these moderators. It seems to me that if your opinion differs from theirs your comment is getting deleted. You don’t have to violate any of the terms of the site you just have to post something they don’t like.

    I completely agree. The moderators on this site are super sensitive….just like the NFL

  41. valhallarising says: Mar 6, 2012 12:00 PM

    @purple4reak @kungfubillysims Agreed good sirs! The moderators of this site have become worse and worse. They let people post blatantly racist rants (among other idiotic posts), yet they will delete a comment that is strictly regarding football.

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