Tracy Porter says there was no “bounty” on any player

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Some members of the 2009 Saints who parlayed a bounty system into a Super Bowl win continue to deny that a bounty system existed.

The latest?  New Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter, who clinched the Saints’ victory in Super Bowl XLIV by intercepting a pass from new teammate Peyton Manning and returning it for a touchdown.

“It’s something the league felt they had evidence on, but I mean the thing that I will say about it is, I mean the whole label of bounty is absurd,” Porter said Friday, according to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post.  “There was definitely no bounty on any player out there in any game, we were just playing football.

The “absurd” label was applied by the league, which has concluded based in large part on the admissions of the coaches involved that bounties indeed were being used.

And so what’s absurd is any effort to deny that the Saints used bounties.  And Porter seems to realize that.

“For that term to become bounty is definitely, I think, is harsh, but the league investigated it and they felt they made the right decision,” Porter said.  “Who am I to come in and say that they didn’t make the right decision . . . that’s something that’s been put in the past.”

It may be part of Porter’s past, but it also could impact his future, given that the NFL eventually will be imposing discipline on Saints defensive players who funded, organized, and/or received payments from the bounty pool.  If Porter was one of those people, his debut in Denver could end up being delayed.

92 responses to “Tracy Porter says there was no “bounty” on any player

  1. This is getting real old real fast. All of the principals involved have admitted and apologized for their actions of bountygate but yet the Saints players and fans refuse to believe it……”say it ain’t so Sean”. Some of the players will believe it when they are suspended and the fans may never “get it”.

  2. So the NFL, the coach and the defensive coordinator all said they had a bounty system, yet the players still deny it?

    Sometimes you just have to admit defeat.

  3. Sean admits it & owns up to full responsibility after the 1 year suspension. Greg admits it & owns up to it after being caught in the cover up. Maybe the players will own up to it, if there suspended. That’s the only logical course of action the commish now has.

  4. You got your ring, man. No worries.

    The Saints are still competitive and the Vikings and Cardinals never recovered from the beatings.

  5. The NFL made up the bounty term. It’s funny how “fans” can’t understand that this was a league planned exercise to assist in future lawsuits for player safety. The saints were doing nothing more than any other team. But keep on rolling with you fandom. I guess.

  6. For all you on your high horses, what would the punishment be if player safety was really the message here?

    I propose a huge financial penalty (10 million plus) donated to the NFL veterans funds.

  7. Funny, the coaches have been suspended and admitted to the bounties and this moron is saying there were no bounties. Denial is a wonderful thing.

  8. iamwhodat says:Mar 24, 2012 5:03 PM

    If your a fan of the Vikings read the story about Brad Culpepper first, and then come and throw your rocks…

    It was a technique it was not a deliberate attempt to finish off a players career, and get paid for it. I read to story, and also I read what Hall of Fame Chris Doelman said, why cant people take responsibilty for thier action, its always someone elses fault.

    What the aints did was pathetic, no place for that in any sport. The whole organization should be banned.

  9. Porter is not implicating himself or throwing his former teammates under the bus. The gaul.

  10. Hey Tracy: call Jerry Jones he will back you ,he doesn’t believe or obey the league either. If you can’t get a hold of Jerry give Bill Clinton a call. Bill will line you out on the :”that depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is”, line of thinking and how to respond during sworn testimony.

  11. buffaloviking says:Mar 24, 2012 5:22 PM

    What the aints did was pathetic, no place for that in any sport. The whole organization should be banned.
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    I love it when fans try to tell other fans what there is and isn’t a place for in a sport that they don’t play. Especially from butthurt Vikings fans.

    And i’m sure you’d like for the Saints organization to be banned. That’d meant the Vikings could do no worse than 31st.

    Have a nice day.

  12. In other news Beast Mode collects his 10 thousand for the bounty the seahawks paid him for punking Porter with the stiff arm Beastquake run.

  13. The one highlight in an otherwise dreadful last 10 years for the Seachicks.

    Good luck with Flynn

  14. There was a bounty on Favre no doubt. Watch all those late hits about 5min after Favre threw the ball. And what’s even worse the Refs looked the other way to scared to throw a flag. Saints win =Tainted win.

  15. ascensionparish says:
    Mar 24, 2012 6:09 PM
    I love it when fans try to tell other fans what there is and isn’t a place for in a sport that they don’t play. Especially from butthurt Vikings fans.

    And i’m sure you’d like for the Saints organization to be banned. That’d meant the Vikings could do no worse than 31st.

    Have a nice day.
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    I love it when Saint fans try to ridicule other fans since they have the WORST organization in the history of the league. Why don’t you go get your paper bags ready when you go to the games? You’re going to need them. LMAO

  16. I hope Peyton Manning blisters Porter’s ass with a wet towel after every practice,,,,what a tool!

  17. farve got hit legally just like he should have..stop crying u vikeQUEEN girly men fans..maybe if your team didnt turn the ball over 6 times abd didnt give up 31 points and actually “EARNED” a win..then maybe u wouldnt have soiled your panties and continue to whine and cry like little girls all the time..YOU LOST..THE SAINTS WHERE BETTER THAN U and brittany farve..TAKE IT LIKE A MAN..

  18. @turbodog1027 been to the playoffs 6 times with one superbowl appearance in the last 10 yrs. Not dominate but not dreadful.

  19. It’s like when somebody admits to killing somebody, and then his mother comes on CNN and says; “He’s a nice boy. I don’t believe he did it”. Um, he confessed. The Coaches confessed! It…happened…

  20. ascensionparish says:
    Mar 24, 2012 6:09 PM
    I love it when fans try to tell other fans what there is and isn’t a place for in a sport that they don’t play.
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    Well, I’m not in the mafia, and I don’t kill people, but I’m going to tell people that it is wrong, and when you get caught killing people you have to pay the price.

  21. Tracy Porter is not incorrect in saying there was not a bounty on any player in any game. Fact is there were multiple bounty’s on multiple players in multiple games. And the evidence of course is that the Head Coach and D Coord. have admitted to such.

  22. jimw81 says:
    Mar 24, 2012 6:30 PM
    Saints players should be suspended for their stupidity alone.

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    It makes sense that the vike players are among the dumbest. Why would you play on a team that has the NFL’s worst record in the games? Somebody must keep selling the dunces on the notion that the law of averages has to catch up to the vikequeens sooner rather than later.

  23. Tell ’em, Tracy! Not a single player has “admitted” a Bounty program ever existed. Like I’ve said on earlier Posts, this whole “Bountygate” mess is all BULL@&$!. Anybody with a rational mind knows no player worth his weight would intentionally try to hurt, or take out another player. It just doesn’t happen the way that idiot Goodell, as well as all you other anti-Saints fans have portrayed. Greg Williams, whom we have never liked is a brazen, big mouth fool, but even he couldn’t be dumb enough to direct his players to actually maim someone. “Pay for play,” yes, but Bounties on people I don’t believe. Lastly, for you idiots out there who keep referencing Katrina and Hurricanes remember one thing – people died down here. Lives were forever altered, families torn apart, and unimaginable grief and stress felt. How could anyone with any shred of human decency bring that up, and pound on the people of New Orleans about it? Those who do I say ROT IN HELL.

  24. Porter is not implicating himself or throwing his former teammates under the bus. The gaul.

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    How about saying nothing at all?

  25. I’ll put it the way Stephon A. Smith said about Drew Brees defending Sean Payton “you just need to shut up”. Porter sound so stupid saying there wasn’t a bounty system and obviously there was. You play in Denver now why would you be defending the Saints. This isn’t your business anymore so just shut up.

  26. list of dirty players on the Saints Defence during the bounty years
    Jonthan Vilma
    Roman Harper
    Tracy Porter
    Darren Sharper
    more to come !!!!!!!!!

  27. More intelligent theories from New Orleans. What a great city you have down there. Enjoy being the laughing stock in the armpit of the U.S.

  28. The only thing that we should be hearing from Saints players at this point is, “I’m sorry and embarrassed that it happened” followed by the squeak of a butt-clenching pucker.

  29. Why would Tracy Porter say anything? There are 30,000 pages of evidence so shut up. Just wait until he gets the punishment the players involved are going to get, then see what he says. They all need to keep quiet. It’s obvious when the Coach apologizes it all happened. Guilty guilty guilty.

  30. Where is the evidence of all of these Saints illegal hits during the period that this supposed “bounty” program existed?

    In 2009, 19 teams had more players fined, or for more, money than the Saints for “illegal” hits.

    In 2010, 11 teams had more players fined, or for more, money than the Saints for “illegal” hits.

    Where is the evidence of all of these “illegal” hits?

    If all you have is old man Favre, being too slow to get rid of the ball, you just don’t have much now, do you?

    Again, the NFL looks at EVERY play from EVERY game. Where are all of these “illegal” hits?

    At the best, or worse, Saints had a program to pay players for legal hits that put players out of a game. Again LEGAL HITS! Isn’t that what the game is all about? Players hitting other players, without that who gets tackled anyway?

  31. Porter said Friday, according to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post
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    Wow, based on your linkage, i thought that Kils or Klis or whatever his name is was the only sports reporter in Denver.

  32. Saints fans let’s just be quiet, take our punishment, and live under our rocks for the rest of the off-season. Let the fans of the rest of the league bash the team, and city. As a matter fact according to some fans the organization should be banned. We are cheaters, and shouldn’t try to voice our displeasure on anything. Our Saints will be the bottom dwellers of the league and sent to LA…. And since we won’t be competitive, and Drew Bress will leave we will basically have to “suck for Barkley”. Then I woke up in Vikings gear and realized Christian Ponder is my QB, our stadium sucks, were moving to LA soon, and we don’t even have a Super Bowl trophy to taint.

  33. rabbdogg says:
    Mar 24, 2012 6:43 PM
    farve got hit legally just like he should have..stop crying u vikeQUEEN girly men fans..maybe if your team didnt turn the ball over 6 times abd didnt give up 31 points and actually “EARNED” a win..then maybe u wouldnt have soiled your panties and continue to whine and cry like little girls all the time..YOU LOST..THE SAINTS WHERE BETTER THAN U and brittany farve..TAKE IT LIKE A MAN..
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    You must have watched a different game then everyone other than Saint fans. Legally? Really? It is CONFIRMED that they were taking late hits. The refs and the league admitted it after the game. Get your facts straight before typing more spew from your fingertips. By the way, the Saints may have won but they certainly weren’t better. Stats alone will tell you that.

    What’s even more funny is even after every thing is ADMITTED you are still so stupid you want to deny it. LMAO. Now yeah they turned the ball over 6 times and gave up 31 points but if the refs would have called the game right the Saints would have been lucky to score 14 points. Watch OT and see if they actually EARNED that last FG.

  34. Tracy didnt deny the bounty system, he said that to call it a bounty was a strong term to use. I dont know what he thinks they should call it, but its not like hes denying the whole thing.

  35. @sfsaintsfan “In 2009, 19 teams had more players fined, or for more, money than the Saints for “illegal” hits.

    In 2010, 11 teams had more players fined, or for more, money than the Saints for “illegal” hits.”

    – Those are just the ones the referees saw, doesn’t count the ones the refs “missed”.

    “If all you have is old man Favre, being too slow to get rid of the ball, you just don’t have much now, do you?”

    Also Kurt Warner. And no, there is countless video of even NFL analysts discussing the high/low, plus other late and dirty hits on Favre, it’s on YouTube.

    “At the best, or worse, Saints had a program to pay players for legal hits that put players out of a game. Again LEGAL HITS! Isn’t that what the game is all about? Players hitting other players, without that who gets tackled anyway?”

    – Most of the hits WERE dirty, and even when they were within the rules, it’s not even about the hits themselves, it’s about the fact that they were paid to injure players, which is against the rules. Hopefully you Taints fans get it now.

  36. superbowlyeah says:
    Mar 24, 2012 9:06 PM
    Viking fans sure are a bunch of ninny babies. You lost. Your RB fumbled 3 times! Your QB was hit, its football. Get over it.
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    Tell me how this turned into a Viking bash. The Saints were the ones that broke NFL League rules. The Vikings didn’t. The Vikings or their fans aren’t the ones whining. It is the Saints and their fans. Boo hoo, your front office got caught, they are suspended, your players are next. It’s that simple. The Viking fans are over losing the NFCCG. Now it’s you Saints fans that have to understand you team was caught doing illegal crap and now they are paying for it. It has NOTHING to do with who won or who lost the NFCCG in 2010.

    It is your players whining and lying about it. Not Vikings. Worry about your own crap franchise that will be going back to wearing bags pretty soon.

  37. I love how people on this board, so motivated to hate the Saints, are so willing to accept the totality of the NFL’s results. I hear the same thing over and over from Saints players. Yes, there was an illegal extra payment system for defensive plays but NO WE DID NOT PUT A BOUNTY on another player to get him hurt. THAT is what the Saints players keep saying over and over. They don’t deny the existence of the program. They deny the ALLEGATION that it was designed to hurt others.

    People on this board used to hate GODdell. Now he’s a hero? What if the investigation is right about the payments but WRONG about the motivation to hurt opposing players? Well then, its just a pay for play scheme and nothing more.

    The only reason to be so accepting of Goddell is that fans of other teams can’t stand the fact that the “lowly” Saints have been DESTROYING them for the past 6 years. TOUGH.

  38. dorian26 says:
    Mar 24, 2012 8:58 PM
    Tracy didnt deny the bounty system, he said that to call it a bounty was a strong term to use. I dont know what he thinks they should call it, but its not like hes denying the whole thing.
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    Maybe you should re-read Porter’s comments above. He said, and I’ll quote, “There was definitely no bounty on any player out there in any game, we were just playing football”.

    Yet, it has been CONFIRMED by the league they had bounties out of Favre, Rodgers, Warner and Newton. If this is going to be a war on words or verbiage then I guess the rest of the Saint fans will agree with you.

  39. buffaloviking says:Mar 24, 2012 5:22 PM

    What the aints did was pathetic, no place for that in any sport. The whole organization should be banned.
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    I love it when fans try to tell other fans what there is and isn’t a place for in a sport that they don’t play. Especially from butthurt Vikings fans.

    And i’m sure you’d like for the Saints organization to be banned. That’d meant the Vikings could do no worse than 31st.

    Have a nice day.
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    I love it when fans use the term “butthurt” to describe other fans. At least you’re talking about a sport you do play.

    Have a nice day.

  40. sfsaintsfan says:
    Mar 24, 2012 8:08 PM
    Where is the evidence of all of these Saints illegal hits during the period that this supposed “bounty” program existed?

    In 2009, 19 teams had more players fined, or for more, money than the Saints for “illegal” hits.

    In 2010, 11 teams had more players fined, or for more, money than the Saints for “illegal” hits.

    Where is the evidence of all of these “illegal” hits?

    If all you have is old man Favre, being too slow to get rid of the ball, you just don’t have much now, do you?

    Again, the NFL looks at EVERY play from EVERY game. Where are all of these “illegal” hits?

    At the best, or worse, Saints had a program to pay players for legal hits that put players out of a game. Again LEGAL HITS! Isn’t that what the game is all about? Players hitting other players, without that who gets tackled anyway?
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    I wonder what is wrong with the people who keep referring to “legal” vs. “illegal” hits. How can you not know by now that the Bountygate scandal isn’t about that. Have you not noticed that in none of the league statements are “legal” or “illegal” hits mentioned?? It’s about the pooling of money as incentive to injure opposing players. It doesn’t matter if the injuries ever occurred, or whether a flag was thrown on a particular play. Why is that so hard to grasp?

  41. rabbdogg says:
    Mar 24, 2012 6:43 PM
    farve got hit legally just like he should have..stop crying u vikeQUEEN girly men fans..maybe if your team didnt turn the ball over 6 times abd didnt give up 31 points and actually “EARNED” a win..then maybe u wouldnt have soiled your panties and continue to whine and cry like little girls all the time..YOU LOST..THE SAINTS WHERE BETTER THAN U and brittany farve..TAKE IT LIKE A MAN..
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    Wow…just wow. Makes me glad I’m not a Saints fan. I would sure hate to lumped in with this guy.

    And by the way, it’s “Favre”. Yeesh.

  42. don’t sweat it folks, soon enough saints fans will be wearing bags over their heads again in shame.

  43. Huh, so it wasn’t Porter screaming “give me my money, give me my money, he’s down” when Favre went down… pretty uncool of his teammates to not even let him know about the pool.

  44. tduhe1 says:Mar 24, 2012 6:53 PM

    Tell ‘em, Tracy! Not a single player has “admitted” a Bounty program ever existed.

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    Duh da Duh …. of course they have not admitted to it. The NFL is still investigating and have yet to announce the punishments for the players involved. The Saints organization was also denying that it happened until the NFL had them by the balls and punished them.

    It would suck to no end, if a player admits to it and the NFL was not even aware that he was involved.

  45. ejmat2 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:22 PM

    dorian26 says:
    Mar 24, 2012 8:58 PM
    Tracy didnt deny the bounty system, he said that to call it a bounty was a strong term to use. I dont know what he thinks they should call it, but its not like hes denying the whole thing.
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    Maybe you should re-read Porter’s comments above. He said, and I’ll quote, “There was definitely no bounty on any player out there in any game, we were just playing football”.

    Yet, it has been CONFIRMED by the league they had bounties out of Favre, Rodgers, Warner and Newton. If this is going to be a war on words or verbiage then I guess the rest of the Saint fans will agree with you.
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    I suppose its just really how you interpret it. Me being a Saints fan, Im obviously gonna try to twist the words to make myself be able to defend Tracy. Thats just the nature of it, if it was a player you liked youd probably do the same. All I want is this thing to go away, people to stop talking about it, and just see the Saints play football. Its annoying seeing a million things on the bounty story, and its not even over yet with player suspensions coming.

  46. In most areas of the US you can be charged with and convicted of Assault by threatening physical violence. If you actually carry out the violence then it escalates to Battery. If you contract to have a hit put on somebody you can be charged with and convicted of murder for hire. In either case the action doesn’t have to take place, it is the threat. Likewise in this case there was an offer of consideration to inflict serious bodily harm on opposing players. And for you Saints Players and Fans that are still denying this bounty program took place your former DC and Head Frickin Coach have admitted to it and are suspended because of it.

  47. ummm..idiots..defensive players make millions to legally hit offensive players and knock them out of the game..it’s a little game they call FOOTBALL..

  48. Really I don’t see a problem with bounties. Just because there is more money from taking someone out doesn’t mean the player can hit any harder than they would normally be able to.
    Not a saints fan just stating the facts that the players hit as hard as they can on every play regardless if there is a bonus attached to it. Save the jets DB’s, both Cromartie and Revis both bitched out against Tebow. Best corner in the game ( Revis) yeah effen right as an all around player he couldn’t tie Champ Bailey’s shoes . Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

    Btw to all raider fans

    “DOUCHE BAG NATION!!!!”

  49. The Saints defense couldn’t tackle or make interceptions..there was no bounty on anyone…u idiots should get over it . Saints 11-5 next year.

  50. There are always hits in NFL games that are ‘too high’ or ‘too low’ or ‘too late’ and they’re penalized appropriately by the refs during the game. What the Saints have been caught doing is not only dirty but it undermines the very fabric of the NFL. Having the privilege to play a sport that the players (and fans) love and get paid $ millions for doing it is as rare an opportunity as winning the lottery. Opportunities like that only happen to a very fortunate few . So hearing that not just one, but a whole team of these extremely fortunate individuals could risk another’s NFL career is just heartbreaking. What’s even more gut-wrenching is the coaches who encouraged it and the players who turned a blind-eye and pretended that nothing was going on. Those are the same ones who we keep hearing complain about false accusations and unfair punishment. Privileges are not entitlements despite what these ‘professionals’ think and it wouldn’t hurt my feelings to see their NFL privileges permanently revoked.

  51. Ya ya..Sure! If I were u I would shuand be happy I just found a team finally. But I guess when one of the QB s that had a price tag on happens to be your QB(18), you gotta play Mr Innocent.

  52. what a LIAR. “favre’s hurt favre’s hurt favre’s out of the game” I understand him not wanting to give warren I eat people sapp any ammo but geez o man its better not to say anything than look like an idiot williams already confessed and is gonna co-operate to help the nfl punish the players.

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