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Brees disputes bounty allegations

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When Saints quarterback Drew Brees first addressed his team’s three-year bounty program, Brees claimed that he wasn’t aware of the system’s “real existence.”  In his most recent remarks on the subject, Brees said that it didn’t exist at all.

“I would say what we’ve been accused of in regards to pay for injury is not the case,” Brees said at the Tuesday press conference regarding his upcoming golf tournament.

Brees offered no specifics to contradict the NFL’s findings, which have resulted in a one-year suspension for coach Sean Payton, an eight-game suspension for G.M. Mickey Loomis, a six-game suspension for assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt, an indefinite suspension for former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and a $500,000 fine and the loss of two second-round pick for the Saints.  (All suspensions have been upheld on appeal; Williams did not file an appeal.)

There’s a chance Brees is splitting hairs.  After all, the only player carted off during a Saints game from 2009 through 2011 was former Saints running back Reggie Bush, who broke a leg during a 2010 Monday night game against the 49ers.  So while there may have been a financial incentive for Saints defensive players to cause “cart-offs,” no one ever succeeded.

Brees also addressed the fact that defensive players are aggressive.  “When a guy has an opportunity to take a shot at the quarterback, he’s going to take it,” Brees said.  “I’m not saying he’s trying to end a career or give you a concussion.  But between the knees and the neck, he’s trying to take you out every time.  That’s just football — we play a violent game.”

Of course, some players stray beyond the strike zone, like Saints defensive end Bobby McCray did when hitting Brett Favre low in the 2009 NFC title game.  To the extent that players do it deliberately, and to the extent they are promised money by their coaches for doing so, that’ a problem.

Brees also addressed for the first time the problematic audio of Williams’ pre-game speech from the night before the playoff loss to the 49ers in January 2012.

“I think that was hard for everybody to hear,” Brees said, via U-T San Diego.  “Like I said, I’m really going to stick with our foundation at this event.  That’s why we’re all here.”

Brees comments come at a time when some league insiders contend that Brees knew about the bounty system, that he confronted his teammates about it, and that he was told that other teams have bounties on him.  (In a poll posted last month at PFT, nearly 80 percent of more than 15,000 who responded believe that Brees knew about the bounty system.)

Though it’s not known, and possibly won’t be known, whether Brees knew about the situation and whether he did anything to try to stop it, the NFL has concluded that a bounty system was in pace, the NFL has meted out punishment against the coaches involved, and the NFL is now poised to punish the players.  Given that it wasn’t in the league’s broader interests to expose a bounty system if in fact there was no bounty system, it’s hard to agree with Brees’ claim that the league’s allegations are incorrect.

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188 Responses to “Brees disputes bounty allegations”
  1. billymc75 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:49 PM

    Thought this guy was smart

  2. 69jaredallen69 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:50 PM

    I have some ocean front property in Oklahoma Drew might be interested in buying

  3. nice2meetumarco says: Apr 10, 2012 8:50 PM

    Drew Brees is quickly becoming one of the most annoying players in the NFL.

  4. trojanwarrior007 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:51 PM

    Brees will have plenty of ‘unofficial’ bounties on him this year.

  5. bobby4413 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:52 PM

    Drew Brees needs an explanation!

  6. thejuddstir says: Apr 10, 2012 8:52 PM

    I have always thought Brees was just a little smarter than what he has shown since bountygate broke. I’m wondering now what he might have scored on the Wunderlich test as everytime he speaks he sounds dumber than a box of rocks.

  7. wilddeuce03 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:52 PM

    So Brees is still trying to say something didn’t happen when the guy accused of it has said that it did. Can’t fix stupid I guess!

  8. alldonesmith says: Apr 10, 2012 8:52 PM

    This is really sad. Drew Brees used to be one of my favorite players in the NFL (despite not being a Saints fan), and every time he opens his mouth about bounties I lose a lot of respect for him.

    If it’s true that he knew and confronted his teammates about it, his statements today are grossly and intentionally misleading at best, and completely dishonest at worst. I thought he was better than that. I guess I was wrong.

  9. montsta says: Apr 10, 2012 8:53 PM

    Drew has more to say about the bounties?

    Well color me surprised!

  10. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Apr 10, 2012 8:53 PM

    Drew, just stop it.

  11. stevenfbrackett says: Apr 10, 2012 8:53 PM

    Still can’t believe Williams is the only Saint owning up to what happened.

  12. talkintrashallday says: Apr 10, 2012 8:53 PM

    It’s over, Drew…it’s OVER. just accept it.

  13. 7ransponder says: Apr 10, 2012 8:53 PM

    It would be smart for Brees to distance himself from this entirely.

    I sure hope he holds out.

  14. youalldrinkhaterade says: Apr 10, 2012 8:54 PM

    Come on Drew, we all weren’t born yesterday…

  15. gln9213 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:56 PM

    Gee Drew so you think it is ok for Payton and all the others to lie to the NFL? You are making a fool of yourself by taking this position…moron.

  16. patfic15 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:56 PM

    Folks are starting to see the selfless act is just that down here in LA. That being said…get this man signed.

  17. fredmartin121 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:56 PM

    Something about Brees. He often comes across as one of those sanctimonious frauds.

  18. ricksaints says: Apr 10, 2012 8:57 PM

    There was a 2010 game against the panthers in new Orleans were Steve smith got hurt went to the sidelines and then was carted to the locker room. They should see if someone got paid for that injury. I want to hear who got paid for what hits.

  19. sgoodmantzak says: Apr 10, 2012 8:57 PM

    Shut up Drew Brees

  20. emoney826 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:57 PM

    If Brees took the same shots that Favre took in that game and didn’t hear any whisles, he would understand. But he’s a nieve moron, just like Payton, Williams, Sharper, etc.

    I never thought I’d be defending Favre again in my life.

  21. hcdbus says: Apr 10, 2012 9:00 PM

    Drew, just shut up. For your own good

  22. tnargynnad3 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:00 PM

    Ignorance is bliss in the dirty south. Right, drew? Nobody can be that naive.

  23. humpofdc says: Apr 10, 2012 9:01 PM

    Bountygate is a bunch of BS. GODdell need to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. mrbigass says: Apr 10, 2012 9:01 PM

    These teams are very tight and almost exist in a vacumn. Does anyone really believe that over three years in that locker room that Brees never heard it mentioned once?

    Fubar!

  25. ninerdynasty says: Apr 10, 2012 9:02 PM

    Liar!!! maybe he needs to be suspended too! After all, the saints got in trouble for lying and denying, which is exactly what he is doing.

  26. thegonz13 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:02 PM

    Oh! I see he finally got his “explanation”…

  27. vikesfansteve says: Apr 10, 2012 9:02 PM

    Wait till a guy dives at his knee like what happened to Brady, Palmer & AP.

  28. nflconspiracytheoristdeluxe says: Apr 10, 2012 9:03 PM

    Brees is either parsing words or has his head in the sand. Or he could be the mouthpiece for the aint’s. Whatever it is, it just ain’t playin’ in Peoria. Or anywhere else for that matter.

  29. wherezwaldo says: Apr 10, 2012 9:04 PM

    So much for the bounties holding up in the 2 playoff loses to the WEAK NFL West. :/ Same old Aints to me.

  30. mp42245 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:04 PM

    A Poll!!! Oh great. 80% thinks he knew about it. Very scientific poll, I imagine. Haters. From top to bottom.

  31. 69firebird says: Apr 10, 2012 9:04 PM

    This just in …. While Bree’s can not find the existence of a bounty program at the saints he has located the Easter bunny, Santa Clause and big foot all in one place!!

  32. spawn201 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:05 PM

    In other news. Drew Brees still believes that the earth is flat.

  33. ivibaileyivi says: Apr 10, 2012 9:05 PM

    Drew = Stupid! You better watch out Brees D-line men are coming hard for you once you sign that deal with the AINTS… Can you say charma?? What goes around is going come around who dat nation, you can bet dat!!

    Who dat nation? you a sleezy,dirty no good nation!!

    **2009 superbowl chUmpions New Orlean AINTS***

  34. caseyanthonymunoz says: Apr 10, 2012 9:06 PM

    This clown continues to make a fool of himself.

  35. benacci says: Apr 10, 2012 9:06 PM

    How are you the captain of the Offense and a Leader of the Team and NOT know what your Defense is doing?

    Cmon Man!

  36. cincybert says: Apr 10, 2012 9:06 PM

    And now Drew Brees has shown himself to have the same level of intelligence and integrity as Darren Sharper. Congrats on that Drew.

  37. philahitman says: Apr 10, 2012 9:06 PM

    Next theyre gonna say that Gregg Williams tape was Frank Caliendo doing an impression.

  38. jealst says: Apr 10, 2012 9:07 PM

    Brees, Saints fan here, next time a reporter ask you anything regarding the “Bounty Program” just say, “I have no comment.” While, I don’t think the Saints were out to injure players, as proven by stats; I do believe money was exchanged for impact plays (Interceptions, fumbles, etc.) and I find it kinda hard to believe that you of all people, who knows your teammates like the back of his own hand, would not know that they were doing that. You better stop lying… Roger Goodell doesn’t like when people do that. Ha

  39. Wisconsin77 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:07 PM

    Anybody else as sick of Drew “Run up the Stats in Meaningless Situations in order to Break Records” Brees as I am?

  40. litemater95 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:07 PM

    Seargant Schultz Voice – ” I know Nothing”

  41. sdave1971 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:09 PM

    “Wasn’t in the league’s broader interest”?!?! They have concussion lawsuits pending. What better way to make themselves look like they’re cleaning up the league then to make an example of the Saints.

    “Nearly 80 percent of more than 15,000 who responded believe that Brees knew about the bounty system”. Oh well, it must be true. Do you read the posts on your site? Nearly 80 percent of the people that post on this site have the IQ of a doormat.

    Goodell only cares about one thing, money. He doesn’t care about the players or he would go after every team that has or had a bounty program. He certainly doesn’t care about the fans or he wouldn’t have convienently waited to after the fans renewed their season tickets to announce the suspensions of the coaching staff.

  42. 49er33 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:09 PM

    Brees was the one Saint I respected, seems thats down the toilet too. So much is made about “cart offs” and “abnormal number of injuries”, the point was intent to injure, and it was clearly seen, apparently not to the referees though.

    Obviously its well documented the late hits they put on Brett Favre, and Sharper tweeting “X marks the spot”. Personally when I watched the Saints you could just see dirty play, I even remember a game Saints played against ironically enough the Vikings and you could clearly see a Saint trying to twist Petersens ankle in the replay.

  43. chawk12thman says: Apr 10, 2012 9:10 PM

    Let me “explain” to you Drew; you’re part of the offense and this is about the Saints’ defense. The defense had the bounty system, not the offense.

  44. athoula707 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:11 PM

    Drew just shut up and own your teammate s mistake and worry about your self because lots player will be hitting your ass and there be some bounty on your head. You stupid dumb ass.

  45. dthomas74 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:13 PM

    Ugh! Why does he even have to comment?? Has he learned nothing of the value of keeping his mouth shut? Yeah, we get it, you are a “yes” man to the organization, but geez, shut up!

  46. captatl says: Apr 10, 2012 9:13 PM

    Brees is just trying to protect himself away from the shame of the scandal. It is all PR. He is saying all the things that he is being ttold to say. He can say us and we all he wants but until they pay him what he wants he is not playing. And if the Saints are waiting for suspensions to free up CAP space….. what is the suspensions dont start until week one? Or if the suspeneded players appeal and it is not heard until after training camp. Going to be interesting.

  47. fumblenuts says: Apr 10, 2012 9:13 PM

    “In his most recent remarks on the subject, Brees said that it didn’t exist at all.”

    Should be called Drew McFly…………HELLO!

  48. duece5 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:15 PM

    Drew must believe if you deny it enough in your head, then you start to believe your own lies.

    Gee Drew, I guess your DC, HC, and GM all admitted the bounties for laughs.

    Speaking of laughs Drew, YOU are a joke…….I use to respect you, now, YOU ARE JUST AN IDIOT!!!!

    I know I know, YOU need an explanation……

  49. steelerhypocrite says: Apr 10, 2012 9:15 PM

    Maybe Drew Brees should let that giant birth mark do the talking…he’s annoying, and it’s only making the Saints look worse, so I’m ok with it.

  50. steeltuff says: Apr 10, 2012 9:16 PM

    Drew is a company man, talking the company line. He’s beginning to annoy me, as is all the Saints who are in denial.

  51. bucrightoff says: Apr 10, 2012 9:17 PM

    I said it in the Sharper thread, I’ll say it here…

    BAN THEM!

    I am sick of this! YOU GOT CAUGHT! THERE IS AUDIO PROOF!

    Jesus, move on already, this guys are whiners of the highest order. Sorry your likely dream 2012 season is dead before it began, but you killed more than a few teams seasons in 2009 with your cheating no doubt.

  52. vikesfansteve says: Apr 10, 2012 9:17 PM

    Really Drew, just like the Taints fans who say what late hits? Who dat?
    Check this out. And while you are at it also check the refs bank accounts.

  53. curtainclosed says: Apr 10, 2012 9:18 PM

    “No one ever succeeded”. All this, and they never were able to knock anybody out? Geez, what a pathetic defense. STEELERS DO IT FREE!!!

  54. jmsincla says: Apr 10, 2012 9:19 PM

    Drew Brees is the man. Anyone that says otherwise is an ignorant hater. (the majority of this site)

  55. skoobyfl says: Apr 10, 2012 9:20 PM

    The Bills will look for him come the last game.

  56. 6thsense79 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:23 PM

    nice2meetumarco says:Apr 10, 2012 8:50 PM

    Drew Brees is quickly becoming one of the most annoying players in the NFL.
    —————————————
    Why? Because he doesn’t tote the line you want? I noticed one of the more annoying commentators in the NFL (Warren Sapp and Cris Carter) all of a sudden were getting praised because they toted the popular line in regards to this “bounty gate” situation. A person’s stance on one issue shouldn’t wipe out all the good he’s done and make him “quickly becoming on the most annoying players in the NFL”.

  57. garyman1 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:23 PM

    Brees says: “I would say what we’ve been accused of in regards to pay for injury is not the case”

    Actually Drew, that is EXACTLY the case. That is the ONLY reason your coaches were suspended and the ONLY reason why some players will be suspended soon.

  58. bdfun400 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:24 PM

    Bree’s continued, “that williams audio was fake. That game never happened. We weren’t even in the playoffs this year. there is no such thing as a 49er.”

    This might be more insulting than Suh telling us he never tried to stomp on a guy.

  59. slickster35 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:24 PM

    Brees is a scumbag, as his mouth proved during the lockout.

    All retired veterans know what this guy is all about, and now the uninformed fans are finding out too.

    Heres hoping Brees finds out what bounties are really all about this season. Defenses league wide have to be drooling over the prospects of an Aints bodybag game, or 16.

  60. patfic15 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:28 PM

    vikesfansteve…thanks for posting. I almost forgot how awesome that game was….Tracy porter!

  61. niquebchillin says: Apr 10, 2012 9:29 PM

    He just trying to help his coach story along …. Yall dumb …

  62. buffaloviking says: Apr 10, 2012 9:31 PM

    Goody To Shoes Brees, cant handle the fact that all the dirty play got him a Super Bowl trophy, he was suppose to be some poster boy for good hearted people, barf, Ban him for stupidity, along with motor-mouth Sharper.

  63. rabbdogg says: Apr 10, 2012 9:32 PM

    hey vikequeens fans..yall hit drew plenty of times..plenty of the time late in the NFC champ. game..saints just didnt turn the ball over 6 times cry babies…jarred allen has the most dirty hits on the QB in the league..EVERY year…like mike the hater said in the “article” saints have not hurt anybody in 3 years..the audio evidence?..look at the video evidence u whining idiots..the games are there for anybody to see..

  64. sarkodrama says: Apr 10, 2012 9:33 PM

    I finally had to break down, register an account and respond to some of the senselessness that goes on here. These blogs are a forum for malcontents, sarcasiacs and knowitalls. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about Brees or Tebownebor jerrah or roger it’s hard to imagine how all these people for smart. And yet I read this drivel regularly. So I’m as stupid as the rest of youse.

  65. shempnet says: Apr 10, 2012 9:34 PM

    What a lying dick.

  66. admahadevan says: Apr 10, 2012 9:36 PM

    Brees said that there’s a difference between bounties and pay for performance in that pay for performance entails anything that impacts the game. He thinks that that’s what the saints probably ran. Darren sharper said that’s what they did and they they didn’t aim specifically to injure but rather to impact the game. Neither of them are denying the existence of an incentive program. I don’t like the saints either but a lot of you need to get your facts straight.

  67. wisconsinvikingsfan says: Apr 10, 2012 9:36 PM

    The truth will set you free. Please stop with the lies. Fine them all, ban them all, and please someone, file criminal intent to injure charges against the players involved. Including that idiot Sharper.

  68. steeltuff says: Apr 10, 2012 9:38 PM

    Drew, your buddy Tim Tebow wants you to go to confession right away.

  69. jonny42671 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:38 PM

    Did anyone actually think a AINT could ever say anything classy? They will keep lieing because they know they didn’t deserve the win against the Vikings and this is their way to keep convincing themselves it was real. I can’t wait till it gets out the refs were paid off from Peyton and his criminal friend. Sad thing is, the NFL probably knows about the refs being paid off but they will never let that out. And to Drew Brees… Nice morals you are teaching your son. Shame on you !!

  70. sgtr0c says: Apr 10, 2012 9:39 PM

    How long can this go on, stop saying it didn’t happen. Your team had their day in court, lied, and then it was proven three years later they were still doing it. Then they were shocked they were punished (even though they lied the first time around) and appealled. The day before the appeall, a youtube vid shows your DC proving the allegations true. STblankU, it happened, and continueing to deny it makes you look like Ms. Brees. All, you all, stop it.

  71. samapoc says: Apr 10, 2012 9:40 PM

    Um, I actually agree with everything Drew posted and I’m really starting to think that most of the commenters on here are interested in (1) crapping on the Saints and (2) watching ballet with an oblong ball. It’s cool if you are into that, but this is the NFL and it’s about knocking the f**k out of your opponent–if they get hurt, that’s their problem. Stuff happens.

    I still don’t see where players did anything wrong, particularly if they weren’t even fined. And if they were fined, how can they be punished again?

    Plus, I’m pretty sure that all the animosity is only going to help galvanize the Saints against the rest of the league. You can make jokes about unofficial bounties all day, but it’s only making the Saints want to crush you more. Is that really what you want?”

  72. 7to10for6allday says: Apr 10, 2012 9:42 PM

    I’m not saying the bounty never existed but how can intent be proven when none of these hits resulted in a flag and nobody got hurt??? Lying is worth a year suspension?? Lying is the only offense that can be proved, the rest of this is bs and I’m not a saints fan either. And good ol roger will leverage this punishment in a half ass attempt to mitigate the concussion lawsuit damages.

  73. geo1113 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:42 PM

    jmsincla says:
    Apr 10, 2012 9:19 PM
    Drew Brees is the man. Anyone that says otherwise is an ignorant hater. (the majority of this site)

    ——————-

    IMO the problem with Brees is he is turning into a self-righteous SOB. Speaking of ignorant, I will assume that of you since you could only call names. I would expect an intelligent person to lay out cogent case extolling his virtues and pointing out why some other posters are wrong in their assessment.

  74. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 10, 2012 9:45 PM

    Brees is safe from bounty because he is not large enough to be considered an “adult male”, according to the hunting regulations.

  75. desertpirate1146 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:47 PM

    Brees makes himself look more and more stupid every time he opens his mouth.

    Although, where is the ONE reporter to ask the simple question: “So Drew, since you keep saying that this “bounty” system is just a bunch of bull made up by the press, how do you explain that YOUR OWN COACHES HAVE ADMITTED TO IT????????

    Brees is a selfish moron..hope he hold out and ruins “his team”…

  76. devrick says: Apr 10, 2012 9:51 PM

    Suck it up, Brees. I’m losing a lot of respect for you.

  77. ausernamethatisavailable says: Apr 10, 2012 9:54 PM

    Splitting hairs is right. As he stated Every team in the league is trying to take the other teams qb out with a legal hit. Whether or not the media or the fans want to admit it, It is their job. Paying some extra cash for it is their way of having fun with it. Make a performance bet with a co-worker for $10 and see if that does not add a little excitement to your day I am not saying it is pretty bc it definitely is not but that morale line was crossed back in high school for most nfl defenders.

  78. bullethead527 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:57 PM

    As a Panther fan I always hated the Falcons and Bucs more than any other team, I never really hated the Saints until the dirty way they played Favre in that playoff game, but I didn’t really hate Brees,

    Now, I hate Brees more than I hate anyone in the NFL, I hope someone takes out Brees’ outer ACL, I never wished injury upon a player before, but it serves him right, Brees is suppose to be a Union man, all for one, and he knew about the Bounty Scandal, and he still denies it,

  79. doogenfife2000 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:57 PM

    I really think its time for Brees to just shut up. I dont think he has any idea what he is talking about. This goes back during the lockout when he said that current players should not be responsible for the health care of former players who didnt take better care of their money. These are the same players who had to work other jobs during the off season. So please Brees just shut up!!

  80. jimw81 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:58 PM

    If Drew Brees still believes everything what Sean Payton said to him and the saints position, he needs to recuse himself from the player safety committee.

  81. grimreeper says: Apr 10, 2012 9:59 PM

    Drew Breeze has to be the dumbest MF on this side of the equator! Greg Williams has already confessed to the bounty what the hell was he listening to wake up dumb ass! Now I see what you a sAINTs moron!!!

  82. kodakinvegas says: Apr 10, 2012 10:00 PM

    Sdave—-it would be 79% if you get off the thread Have the nerve to cal people uneducated is a pretty good representation of the ONE doing the talking and pointing. You a AINTS fan? Got a collection of paper bags to wear? Try plastic this year, they’re reusable and serve as an umbrella too troll

  83. kittyandfailconfanssuck says: Apr 10, 2012 10:05 PM

    Good job Brees, stand up for what is right

  84. whodat2 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:07 PM

    Threw the hit on Farve in there, huh! Sore azz Skol Viqueen fans – even in the media its great! No shot players get fined unless they were dumb enough to email each other or make power point presentations. Evidence on the field is just football……if McCrary’s hit was a “Bounty” hit then I guess everyone has a bounty out for them!

  85. r0b1b0y says: Apr 10, 2012 10:08 PM

    Florio, I can’t believe you’re admitting that no one got paid for a cart off

  86. 49ersgiants4life says: Apr 10, 2012 10:08 PM

    Brees sounds like a moron and so did everybody who appealed when williams didn’t because williams knows what he did and knew he got caught when the main guy decides that he got caught the others should follow

  87. pftcensorssuck says: Apr 10, 2012 10:10 PM

    Has this moron listened to Greg Williams’ OWN WORDS on that audio tape????

    I have long held a high opinion of Drew Brees.

    No more.

  88. norcalcard says: Apr 10, 2012 10:10 PM

    Beginning to think all the Saints players are stinking liars. Drew really doing all he can do to live up their new name the “Taints.”

  89. stoutfiles says: Apr 10, 2012 10:11 PM

    Drew Brees needs a….flabbergasted?

  90. thraiderskin says: Apr 10, 2012 10:13 PM

    Everytime Brees opens his mouth, Purdue’s credibility takes a hit.

  91. kodakinvegas says: Apr 10, 2012 10:13 PM

    I can almost see a very rough season for the AINTS. Teams are gonna take a lot of this personal and will MAKE SURE their players are not accosted or molested by Saints defenders. No doubt the refs will be flag happy on them too. They wanted the Big Dog reputation and now they’ve got it. The only problem, everybody and their brother is coming for them nothing like being taught by your peers. Saints are gonna get some SERIOUS butt whippings by PROFFESSIONAL PLAYERS without bounties or bonuses. Hey Brees, paint all you want, you’re not gonna get going to get that bullseye off your rear-end. In the words of Batman-Robin—KA-POW. KA-BOOM!!

  92. mrmarcus55 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:14 PM

    Better have you eyes peeled brees when you face the niners again…

  93. guppies66 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:14 PM

    Brees wasn’t aware of the bounty program? Hmm? Perhaps if someone can tear his ACL for him, he may appreciate it better?

  94. gb4mn0 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:20 PM

    duece5 says:
    Apr 10, 2012 9:15 PM
    Drew must believe if you deny it enough in your head, then you start to believe your own lies.

    ———————————————

    I guess that explains what’s up with all the vikequeef toads believing they had a Lombardi stole from them.

  95. randallflagg52 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:21 PM

    Ravens fan here:

    The defense gets paid to put the fear of god into offensive players correct? Defensive players SHOULD still be aiming to hit offensive players as hard as they can, yes I argree that bounties are immoral but I didn’t see any more “dirty” hits from the saints than I did the Ravens, Steelers, Niners or any team that still plays football like its still a contact sport.

    But the thing that gets me is (just like Reggie Bush’s “revoked” Heisman) is how did the rule breaking create a clear advantage for the Saints (or Bush at USC)? How can Goodell slap the Patriots on the wrist yet drop the Hammer on the Saints like he did? I would really like to know.

  96. usuallysneeringatyou says: Apr 10, 2012 10:23 PM

    Let’s see, the Tebow haters and Warner haters loved them some Brees, and loved them some great Aint 2009 story. Brees and Payton were the Saints come marchin’ in, hooray, and Tebow and Warner were the saints-too-goody-two-shoes, kick ‘em out, ugh.
    How ’bout dat NFL mainstream, yeah.

  97. golonger says: Apr 10, 2012 10:25 PM

    steelerhypocrite – of course…..because you are the typical dirtbag, dumba=&=$ squealer fan!!!

  98. godfatherd says: Apr 10, 2012 10:26 PM

    I got 10 on Brees in the opener. *rubs fingers together in money motion* Kill the head and the body will die

  99. vdogg says: Apr 10, 2012 10:27 PM

    Don’t worry Drew, every game this season where you are getting blasted will just be part of the game too….

  100. ldjred12 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:38 PM

    I’m just wondering why wasnt anything ever said about ray Lewis and the ravens bounty on Hines ward?

  101. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 10, 2012 10:39 PM

    It will be fun when the Saints continue to be a dominant team to hear the CHEATER! comments and BOUNTY! b.s.

    Call them the Aints, Taints, Stains, whatever makes you happy. Won’t change the fact that your team will be pounded when they face the Saints, and your team will hurt but they’ll also kinda like it, because they like to be dominated.

    You dirty teams.

  102. paulitik74 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:48 PM

    Drew Brees is lying through his mole. The fact that he was a NFLPA representative, and the plaintiff during the lockout suit means that he is as accountable Payton, Loomis, or Williams. His credibility is receding as fast as his hairlines. Quit lying Drew.

  103. maxbelmont says: Apr 10, 2012 10:51 PM

    The Saints players, especially Brees, are coming across as a team that’s more entitled than the rest of the league. As much as I hate to bring it up, has much to do with how the NFL has treated them after Hurricane Katrina up until now. The whole organization’s ego kept growing to the point of viewing themselves as untouchable which explains when the day the punishment was handed down Brees said he was owed an explanation for the suspensions even though Goodell gave a complete explanation why. The fact that this team was put on a pedestal as a result of the country rallying around the aftermath of Katrina fueled this egotism that resulted in a coaching staff that thought they could get away with incentivizing intentional injury.

  104. jody9235 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:58 PM

    Well everyone on here enjoys bashing the saints and the saints alone, no one seems to be showing any hatred towards san fran or the giants for there malicious statements during the playoffs. They showed they had there own personal bountiesm. A bounty is a bounty isn’t it, where’s the investigation into there intent to injure someone, there won’t be cause the leauge does not want any more bad press, so the saints become the LONE scapegoats…….competitive balance huh. We got punished for what we did what about punishments for other teams…..and by the way brees is standing by the team that stood by him!

  105. nfl1818 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:02 PM

    and I never run up the score

  106. mdd913 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:07 PM

    I like how a bunch of dweebs on a message board actually think that somebody like Drew Brees cares about them supposedly “losing their respect.”

    Hopefully someday you can step away from your meal of Chef Boyardee seasoned with dandruff from your three day unwashed hair and change your dirty skidmarked undies long enough to get a life and get a clue.

    Until then, you keep on fighting your good fights on the message boards and comment sections of every article in the world and pretending that your supposed shock and moral outrage have any impact on the world and that anyone on earth cares about having an ounce of your “respect,” which as far as I am concerned is worth about as much as your aforementioned skidmarked undies.

    Gimme a freakin’ break.

  107. hines86for6 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:08 PM

    Liar liar pants on fire.

  108. saints4evah says: Apr 10, 2012 11:09 PM

    Poor poor you all. You have dogpiled on this load of garbage like good little lemmings despite the evidence that not ONE player was carted off for some insane “bounty gate” and you have nothing of lives but to sit and call everybody who denies it or calls the facts into the matter liars. You are nothing but a lynch mob, and you have nothing better to do than suck up to GODell as if he was some sort of savior to your milquetoast teams of choir boys who are just poor little victims of the evil Saints. Pathetic chumps, so easily led, so quick to condemn, and obviously not many of you ever played ball or had as coach before. I could go on all day about the reality of the situation, but you don’t want facts. You want thew NFL to be run by this stupid little pencil pusher to be like the NAtional Enquirer so you can gossip like a bunch of soccer moms at brunch. Too bad that the Saints are STILL an elite team, and it would take more than your silly and pathetic opinions and a few draft picks to take us down so your candy assed teams can have a chance to catch up. See you all in the playoffs, where the Saints will be, while so many of your teams will still be good little nancys, playing patty-cake football and hoping your hero GODell will legislate your teams into relevance while the Saints’ offense will run wild, Spags’ defense will be retooled and knocking the snot bubbles out of the other teams, because we never needed or bought into Gregg Williams stupid tactics of brash talk about bounties, but played pretty good ball anyway. I have nothing of respect for all of you cry babies, and look forward to another run at the playoffs while you get you r rocks off on hating the Saints instead of supporting your own. Ciao ladies. Enjoy your brunch.

  109. jonny42671 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:10 PM

    @maxbelmont……very well said ! But I doubt any of the inbred Who Dats will understand

  110. grandpoopah says: Apr 10, 2012 11:11 PM

    Right, and OJ is still looking for the real killer.

  111. perennialsinn21 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:11 PM

    Can we drop this crap every week we got some dumb saints player saying I did not know it was going on or it was not going on but if it was not going on why did your coach say he was sorry guess he did it cuz it was a good day God you guys are dumb

  112. hoops737 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:14 PM

    stitches*

  113. somatg3 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:15 PM

    Isn’t there ANYONE in the Drew Brees camp that can say hey Drew, quit denying what we did because Williams, Payton and Loomis have already admitted, been suspended, taken responsibility and, oh yeah, it was caught on tape!!!!

  114. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:18 PM

    Hey Drew, Shut up.

    Thanks,
    Your Lawyer

  115. letmesetyoustraight says: Apr 10, 2012 11:35 PM

    ******
    emoney826 says:Apr 10, 2012 8:57 PM

    If Brees took the same shots that Favre took in that game and didn’t hear any whisles, he would understand. But he’s a nieve moron, just like Payton, Williams, Sharper, etc.

    I never thought I’d be defending Favre again in my life.
    *****

    If Favre had the same line protection and the quick decision making of Drew Brees, he would have never been hit. But he held the ball too long and got his butt knocked to the turf all night. Bounty or no bounty, Brett was gonna get whacked with the crappy protection he had and his slow decision making.

  116. dmatt777 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:40 PM

    gosh…you are the meanest people ever…as if each one of you have never lied, AND covered it up. Wonder how many of you are cheating somehow,in some way right now. On your wives,husbands,kids. Ya’ll seem mighty self righteous to me. Got off day Saints backs. Geez.

  117. sfgamblers says: Apr 10, 2012 11:43 PM

    IDIOT!

  118. riverhorsey says: Apr 10, 2012 11:43 PM

    “There’s a chance Brees is splitting hairs.” Ya think?

  119. Deb says: Apr 10, 2012 11:52 PM

    I’ve always had a lot of respect for Brees, but he needs to stop talking on this subject because it’s killing his credibility.

    And the only reason no one was carted off is because–no matter what you think of him personally–Brett Favre was an Iron Man on the field and hobbled off on his own power.

  120. thejuddstir says: Apr 10, 2012 11:56 PM

    For Brees and Taints* fans , unfortunately perception is realty. I heard the Taints* medical staff was going to put Brees head on a “swivel” for the upcoming year as they fear some (31) teams may want him to see what it’s like to get hit late and illegally but not becuz of a bounty as these teams will be doing it for free.

  121. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Apr 10, 2012 11:56 PM

    After watching the Saints Viking game again and listening to the audio of Williams speaking I will hate the Saints forever. What a bunch of losers. Glad we will only have to put an asterisk on their one little Superbowl*.

  122. letmesetyoustraight says: Apr 10, 2012 11:59 PM

    *****
    Really Drew, just like the Taints fans who say what late hits? Who dat?
    Check this out. And while you are at it also check the refs bank accounts.
    *****

    Thanks for posting that video montage of Favre getting his just desserts as his O-line allowed jail break after jail break. Looked like solid football to me.

  123. 1trusaintsfan says: Apr 11, 2012 12:02 AM

    Haters!

    Saints4evah, thank you for posting!!

    Damage is done… It’s time to move on!

    @rosstuckernfl Unless you’ve been in the NFL you have no context/frame of reference for the Gregg Williams audio.

    Drew Brees is the man! A Leader! And the best Quarterback alive right now. Pay the man!

  124. fusion3450 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:07 AM

    saints fans, we should all boycott this bias site. i can’t believe how many people on here don’t know the facts with as long as this has been in the news. those people hoping for injury to drew. you should just be ashamed. i HATE most whiners on this site but i would NEVER wish for a player on your team to be injured. are you going to be the lone douche applauding when the stadium is quietly watching the injured player being attended to? i wish i could get some of these idiots in a chat or something where i could debate their ignorance with them.

  125. bigeasyb says: Apr 11, 2012 12:09 AM

    I don’t care what happened. It’s over. Settle it on the field. If you are on the field of play then you are fair game. The NFL for the gambling community, stupidly makes teams list who is injured and where they are hurting. “X marks the spot” thanks to the NFL. If you are on the field, the opposition will find out how bad that “X” hurts. The Saints have done it, Giants special teamers in this past NFC Championship game have admitted to have done it. Your favorite team does it. In a business where as Vince Lombardi once said, “winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing,” it would be silly not to attack your opponents weaknesses. It’s entertainment folks. It’s about money, people. There is no “news” here on this topic. These news outlets keep reporting this crap because of ratings. They kept reporting on Favre “coming and going” for 3 years for ratings. There is no news value here. It’s crap. I’m not into defending multi millionaires and their feelings. They don’t give a damn about us, or your favorite team and I don’t give a damn about them. It’s entertainment. It might as well be the WWE. It would not shock me one bit to find out that this whole league is “rigged.” It wouldn’t surprise me if it isn’t. Either way, if it doesn’t happen on the field between the whistles then it doesn’t matter. Free agency does not matter, the draft does not matter, who killed who, who raped who, who traded who, who fired who….it doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is winning and losing. Players come and go, coaches come and go, and the only thing that remains the same are the fans and the teams we root for. These teams will continue to willingly line up and beat the snot out of each other for the right price, and when you are on that field you are fair game. All of you fans out there who are shocked and appalled, you better find another sport because right now 32 teams are trying to develop that next competitive edge, and motivational ploy to physically destroy their opponent. I wish you and all of your teams the best of luck. As for me, among other teams, I will continue to be a Saints fan, and I look forward to watching my team beat the snot out of yours and vice-versa. You can’t win them all but the only time you can win is between the whistles, and sadly that is all that matters.

  126. pack15forever says: Apr 11, 2012 12:10 AM

    This just in… Brees believes in the tooth fairy!

  127. cleonslamminsalmon says: Apr 11, 2012 12:15 AM

    humpofdc says:
    Apr 10, 2012 9:01 PM
    Bountygate is a bunch of BS. GODdell need to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hey, Drew Brees-Stay off of this website!

  128. genericuser8888 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:26 AM

    “I would say what we’ve been accused of in regards to pay for injury is not the case” — Drew Brees

    He’s technically right. No one has produced a list of injured players over the course of those 3 years. Florio even points out NO opposing players were carted off in 2009.

    You can’t really have a pay for injury program if there is no injury. You can intend to have one, but you don’t really have one. I think that’s what most Saints fans and Drew are aggravated about. Our coach has been suspended for a year for what was essentially a locker room infraction. On the field, the “pay to injure program” appears to have been ineffective or simply not carried out by the players. The cheating accusations don’t hold water either. There are refs in the game, and apparently, the Saints played within the rules. There are even a few teams WITHOUT bounties that had more penalties than the Saints.

    In the 49er’s vs Saints playoff game, the one after Williams’ terrible speech, the Saints were not called for ANY penalties. Like I said, Payton and co are being severly punished for what is largely a locker room problem. If you disagree, please produce a list off cart-offs produced by Saints players of those 3 years.

  129. stevenfbrackett says: Apr 11, 2012 12:27 AM

    I have to laugh at the in denial Saints fans who claim that because ‘no player was carted off’ that somehow magically means no one was trying to get them carted off. It doesn’t mean that at all. There is overwhelming proof they tried – on tape and aired publicly. Failure to execute the plan doesn’t make them innocent it just means they didn’t execute the game plan very well.

  130. beeronthefridge says: Apr 11, 2012 12:29 AM

    Brees has smashed the old stereotype that you need to be intelligent to play qb in the nfl.

  131. vegassaint says: Apr 11, 2012 12:29 AM

    U guys r some seriously naive haters!! Drew Brees is running around raising this topic, he’s being asked about it everytime the media the chance and is pretty much forced to say something. Drew is the definition of character and integrity and has done more for that community in the time he has been there than anybody. Sports fans are generally stupid and its definitely showing in these comments. No coach is going to convince an entire locker room of players on ANY team to intentionally try to inflict injury on opposing players. Its just not gonna happen. Drew and everyone else on that team knows that this whole bounty b.s. was about motivation and getting the D to go out there, throw caution to the wind, and play balls out football. I have yet to see any reports of Greg Williams disciplining players after games for not following to supposed game plan of injuring the opposing players. Greg Williams has a big mouth and is arrogant and he is a very aggressive coach. Perhaps everyone commenting here should listen to what players around the league (perhaps someone on ur favorite team) 98% of which have said that this is common practice around the league and its clearly about motivation. Perhaps from now on defensive coordinators should just tell there guys to only hit an opponent if they can’t be pushed out of bounds but if u must hit, keep the hit reasonable. This is so f’n stupid! Stop being so f’n naive everyone!

  132. mrninetysixchamps says: Apr 11, 2012 12:31 AM

    I’ve been saying this for the last two years, The guy is fake. Everyone loves him for being a great guy. He sued his own mother. This guy held up a new CBA because he was wanting personal gain, not for the good of the league.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/07/19/manning-brees-mankins-jackson-need-to-quit-trying-to-cut-their-own-deals/

    He also doesn’t support former players. Who are often crippled by the game they played for far less money. Brees probably doesn’t realize Jerry Kramer and other players from the 60′s had offseason jobs. This makes me appreciate Aaron Rodgers because he at least keeps his mouth shut.

  133. wadinmypants says: Apr 11, 2012 12:55 AM

    Mr. Drew Brees, Please blow it out your ass!

  134. grannyvi4 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:58 AM

    Hasn’t anyone given Brees the explanation he asked for yet??? Holy crap, he’s got his head in the dirty waters of the bayou.

    I used to have a lot of respect for Brees and the whole Saints organization. That slipped in 2009 and is utterly gone now. Benson (yes, he knew) and the coaches are corrupt, and Brees is simply delusional. The Saints have gone from a “feel-good, Cinderella” storybook team (after we were force fed the whole Katrina tragedy for years — and still are), to one of the most corrupt teams in the history of the league.

    The Saints and their fans may very well hate the rest of us for coming down on them; but they deserve every bit of criticism and punishment that has been, and will continue to be, handed down.

  135. forever9ers says: Apr 11, 2012 1:14 AM

    Drew, the more you defend this undeniable act, the dumber you look and the heavier helmet you’ll need.

  136. 9ersurf says: Apr 11, 2012 1:26 AM

    Drew Brees = Leader of the Who Dum Nation

  137. jluns275 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:44 AM

    Wow. Be careful there Drew. Karma is tough. Maybe not such a bright thing to do to keep pouring fuel on the fire. Between Brees & Sharper, they’re seemingly doing everything they can to rid the league & other teams’ fans of any sympathy for the Saints. Maybe they sense failure on the horizon & are already preparing an excuse. Congrats to the Saints for supplanting the Raiders and Steelers as most hated NFL franchise. I suppose the Saints will probably get a little taste of what they deserve. It’s gonna be a long season for everyone down there. Stay classy New Orleans…enjoy that huge *

  138. sdave1971 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:51 AM

    @kodakinvegas
    Thank you for proving my point. One person does not account for 1% of 15,000, Genius. If I’m a Saints fan or not has no relevance to the discussion of whether or not Brees had knowledge of the scandal. The problem with people like you is you think you know the NFL and how the inner workings of an organization work and you don’t. NFL QBs have enough to think and worry about, they don’t have time to be concerning themselves with the workings of their defense. They are not in the defensive meeting, so what makes you believe they know what they talk about in them? You all want to make the whole Saints organization and fans out to be villains. If Goodell was really concerned about player safety he would punish every team that has/had a bounty system. But, no one is pushing for that because they know their favorite team would face the same consequences as the Saints.

  139. vtopa says: Apr 11, 2012 2:56 AM

    mrninetysixchamps says:
    Apr 11, 2012 12:31 AM
    I’ve been saying this for the last two years, The guy is fake. Everyone loves him for being a great guy. He sued his own mother. This guy held up a new CBA because he was wanting personal gain, not for the good of the league.
    ——————-
    He sued his mother because she was a nut-case that was using his name to run for elected office without his permission. Why don’t you read up on it before shooting off your mouth?

  140. dc4546 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:22 AM

    The message boards for these articles have become the Yahoo! message boards for the NFL blogging universe. Congrats, Florio–you and NBC have successfully marketed a product that has enraptured the interest of the lowest common denominator.

  141. electionconfidential says: Apr 11, 2012 3:25 AM

    Brees loves the Saints so much he won’t quarterback them for $14M under the franchise tag and says he’ll hold out. What a team player. I can’t believe how fast my respect for this guy is disappearing. Maybe he should get him one of those old “Ain’ts” paper bags to wear over his head. At least then I could quit looking at that nasty face cancer he’s got growing on him.

  142. tatum064 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:45 AM

    mrninetysixchamps says:
    Apr 11, 2012 12:31 AM
    I’ve been saying this for the last two years, The guy is fake. Everyone loves him for being a great guy. He sued his own mother. This guy held up a new CBA because he was wanting personal gain, not for the good of the league.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/07/19/manning-brees-mankins-jackson-need-to-quit-trying-to-cut-their-own-deals/

    He also doesn’t support former players. Who are often crippled by the game they played for far less money. Brees probably doesn’t realize Jerry Kramer and other players from the 60′s had offseason jobs. This makes me appreciate Aaron Rodgers because he at least keeps his mouth shut.
    ========================
    Brees has done a lot with the clean up of N.O. post Katrina and it was a good story with the Super Bowl win following that hellish disaster, but its obvious he’s covering his a$% as he prepares to sign a new multi-year deal. Sharper has also stated the players shouldnt be fined on this…as for Vilma, he’ll be lucky to even get a one year minimum following this.

    What a unbelievable disaster in the Big Easy. Thanks “Dr. Heat”.

  143. bwerickson82 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:58 AM

    Poor poor you all. You have dogpiled on this load of garbage like good little lemmings despite the evidence that not ONE player was carted off for some insane “bounty gate” and you have nothing of lives but to sit and call everybody who denies it or calls the facts into the matter liars. You are nothing but a lynch mob, and you have nothing better to do than suck up to GODell as if he was some sort of savior to your milquetoast teams of choir boys who are just poor little victims of the evil Saints. Pathetic chumps, so easily led, so quick to condemn, and obviously not many of you ever played ball or had as coach before. I could go on all day about the reality of the situation, but you don’t want facts. You want thew NFL to be run by this stupid little pencil pusher to be like the NAtional Enquirer so you can gossip like a bunch of soccer moms at brunch. Too bad that the Saints are STILL an elite team, and it would take more than your silly and pathetic opinions and a few draft picks to take us down so your candy assed teams can have a chance to catch up. See you all in the playoffs, where the Saints will be, while so many of your teams will still be good little nancys, playing patty-cake football and hoping your hero GODell will legislate your teams into relevance while the Saints’ offense will run wild, Spags’ defense will be retooled and knocking the snot bubbles out of the other teams, because we never needed or bought into Gregg Williams stupid tactics of brash talk about bounties, but played pretty good ball anyway. I have nothing of respect for all of you cry babies, and look forward to another run at the playoffs while you get you r rocks off on hating the Saints instead of supporting your own. Ciao ladies. Enjoy your brunch.
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    I looked at this comment, saw the likes and dislikes, and knew that this comment was garbage.

  144. bwerickson82 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:06 AM

    Brees can’t go around acting like he didn’t know about this whole bounty. He must have his head up someones #$% to not know what is going on. He is the team leader. Honestly, don’t make excuses for your team. It happened, it’s over. Play football now. The saints got caught. I know it’s football, but if I got caught paying someone to try and injure someone outside of football, I am pretty sure I would go to jail. It is almost like hiring a hitman.

  145. grandpoopah says: Apr 11, 2012 4:12 AM

    I’m just shaking my head at how deluded Brees and a large share of the Saints fan base are regarding this matter. The audio is out there for anyone to listen to. The guilty parties (Payton, Vitt, Loomis, and of course, Williams) have admitted their guilt. If nothing else, they deserve their punishment just for being so stupid as to keep doing it even while under investigation. For those of you saying there was not a bounty program because no players were (seriously) injured, are you really that dumb? If you try to hurt or kill someone and fail, you still committed a crime.

  146. samapoc says: Apr 11, 2012 5:50 AM

    I have to laugh at the obsession with an impossible truth that some commenters (and mike florio) have with this. One speech by Williams is not a bounty program. If that speech were made at every game, it doesn’t mean there is a bounty program. That’s because there is no evidence of bounties. It’s a fabricated storyline. If you disagree, feel free to point to any evidence. I’d love to see it.

  147. vikingdoode says: Apr 11, 2012 6:28 AM

    Hey Edith! Shudup

  148. qdog112 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:36 AM

    Is this where we blame the media?

  149. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Apr 11, 2012 7:46 AM

    Drew Brees is fraud, plain and simple. He needs to work on his sales pitch though, because no one is buying the BS he is selling anymore. And to all the pathetic Saints fans spewing the “everyone was doing it” defense, give it up. Take it from a Patriots fan. That is a lie and you know it. Just like it was a lie when we were trying to defend Belichick’s actions in 2007. Just man up and own that they cheated their way to a Super Bowl title in 2009. The NFC Championship game is all the evidence you should need. But then again, the entire organization was dumb enough to document the bounty system via e-mail. These guys deserve all they get. You can keep calling everyone haters if it makes you feel better. Fact is, your team broke the rules. And as BB would say, it is what it is. Stop whining and defending these guys like you know them. It’s all about the laundry folks.

  150. marat28051988 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:14 AM

    It is funny to read fans of Carolina and Tampa predicting Saints a failure. And whom you are going to win? stupid QB Kam and Freman? Good luck)))

  151. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:26 AM

    Brees is no different than any of them. just an arrogant, overpaid, self entitled pisser. he just can’t admit his superbowl ring is tainted, and that entire year was a fraud.

  152. crabboil says: Apr 11, 2012 8:26 AM

    Again, 80% of all PFT readers will believe everything that is force fed to them and will repeat it as if it were gospel.

  153. mjkelly77 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:39 AM

    Brees is delusional. Better check him for concussions.

  154. ikoikofinanay says: Apr 11, 2012 9:05 AM

    For all you jerks who think DB is either stupid, annoying, lying or worse, in collusion, just wait til he lays a 40 burger on your team in the up coming season.

    Florio can talk all the trash all he wants. You people who hate the Saints because they are so much better than your team have not been reading anything but the crap in this site. What’s true? That the NFL-Goodell- needed a scape goat. He found an easy one because the Saints didn’t hide what they were doing: PAY FOR PERFORMANCE. They knew it was “wrong” like you know it’s wrong to speed through a yellow light. A lot of people do it but until it’s enforced it continues to go on.

    So NOW Goodell needs to protect, not the players, but the league. From law suits. THAT’S IT.

    What Goodell and the media has done to our team, our city, our region, is unforgivable.

  155. southcakpanther says: Apr 11, 2012 9:07 AM

    Hey Drew, Shut up.

    Thanks,

    Panther Fans

  156. xxwhodatxx says: Apr 11, 2012 9:11 AM

    You Vikes fans are hilarious. Even more funny are the videos of Farve getting plastered that you keep posting. It makes me smile every time I see them so thank you.

  157. toolkien says: Apr 11, 2012 9:14 AM

  158. woodsa22 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:22 AM

    Brees also cant believe there are 23 flavors in Diet Dr Pepper.

  159. jazzytrav says: Apr 11, 2012 9:33 AM

    Constantly amazed at the amount of players that complain to the league about safety issues are completely blind to the sheer amound of evidence in this case.

  160. darthsaint says: Apr 11, 2012 9:40 AM

    What do people expect him to say? He is giving his opinion, which is lock in step with basically everyone else involved. You either believe those people or you think they are a bunch of players willing to lie every step of the way.

    Point is, you don’t know, I don’t know, and PFT especially doesn’t know. Gregg Williams had a clause in his contract that allowed him to run the defense 100% without any interference. Is it really that hard to believe that maybe he actually did that?

    I totally think some other players find out about “pay for play” systems and turn the other eye. But I don’t think they do that because they are bad people. I think they do that, because it existed in different forms on every team they have been associated with.

    Fans keep wanting to act like this was a Saints only issue. Even the Commish in his press conference said that after speaking with the owners and coaches, it was obvious “pay for play” was happening league wide. The Saints are different because they had their hand IN the cookie jar when the league decided this was no longer acceptable.

    That in itself is why Saints fans get upset. Most aren’t sitting here saying the team did nothing wrong. They should have listened…of course. The issue had been that the league, it players, and anyone with common sense, realizes this type of activity has been prevelent within the NFL for decades. This Saints fans expected a punishment. But to be given a punishment that was meant to stop the entire league from doing something…only imposed on one team…when so many ex-players have admitted this is common place. Well that seems rather misguided and without a doubt, unfair.

    Drew sticking up for his team is what you expect from your leader. Seriously, if Drew were to start just randomly throwing guys under the bus. You all would lynch him for being a horrible leader. Ha ha, how will the Saints want this guy back…etc. He is standing up for his team…I personally wouldn’t expect anything else.

  161. havok82 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:49 AM

    I liked Drew Brees, but his insistance on this is getting ridiculous. Drew, they all admit to it, so you can stop defending them. We know the truth. It’s ok. I’d suggest he watch his back this year with only a one year franchise tag deal. Someone might bullseye his knees or shoulder.

    At this point, it should be about moving on and not harping on this. Brees should embrace that mindset.

  162. thehighhat says: Apr 11, 2012 10:13 AM

    I can think of few people who have taken a nose dive in the eyes of the public like Brees. From his anti-Fan stance during the lockout, to his really dumb comments through bounty-gate, Drew Greed has really shown himself to be a very confused and not very smart person.

  163. jeffesky says: Apr 11, 2012 10:22 AM

    Perhaps this is why he has no contract. Spending to much time in denial bith on bounty gate and how much he is worth.

  164. chill0744 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:29 AM

    Wow, can we stop the HATRED people !! To make comments/threats against DB or any other player puts u in the same class as Greg Williams, not a good thing. God Bless u all (whoops, hope I didn’t offend)…

  165. grandpoopah says: Apr 11, 2012 10:40 AM

    samapoc says: “That’s because there is no evidence of bounties. It’s a fabricated storyline. If you disagree, feel free to point to any evidence. I’d love to see it.”

    How about a written admission of guilt by the main perpetrator? http://www.wwltv.com/sports/black-and-gold/Gregg-Williams-apologizes-for-bounty-program-while-with-Saints-141238463.html

    You Saints fans are unbelievable.

  166. bluefan204 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:41 AM

    Yes Drew….keep telling yourself that it didn’t happen, and maybe it’ll go away.

    The arrogance around the Taints organization is astounding. I’m soooooo glad they got slapped down so hard, and hopefully, the players involved get a second, equally brutal, helping.

  167. apallday says: Apr 11, 2012 10:43 AM

    What a moron…

    A cross between Mark Chmura & Ryan Braun.

  168. bluefan204 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:48 AM

    ikoikofinanay says: Apr 11, 2012 9:05 AM

    You people who hate the Saints because they are so much better than your team have not been reading anything but the crap in this site.

    I beg to differ. I just saw my team win their 2nd Super Bowl in 5 years. I hate the Saints because they are pure arrogance from top to bottom, and I’m quite certain that most people outside of NO share that very same opinion. Seeing Drew Brees continuously try to defend what happened, or flat out DENY what happened, makes him look incredibly ignorant and stupid in the eyes of millions.

  169. farmmbig says: Apr 11, 2012 11:14 AM

    We’re past the “allegations” stage, Drew.

  170. crabboil says: Apr 11, 2012 11:14 AM

    Everybody knows that Gregg Williams’ apology was written by the NFL, right?

  171. Steelerbear78 says: Apr 11, 2012 11:16 AM

    Truely, Ignorance is bliss. That or someone spiked the gumbo again. I recon Drew’s supreme intelegence is matched only by his supreme ignorance.

  172. farmmbig says: Apr 11, 2012 11:27 AM

    Brees is obviously going into politics when his career is over….

    Whenever there is a problem….deny!..deny!..deny!

  173. effedinLA says: Apr 11, 2012 11:30 AM

    while there may have been a financial incentive for Saints defensive players to cause “cart-offs,” no one ever succeeded.
    So they were inept on defense, we know that and saw that. Just because they didn’t succeed doesn’t absolve them of anything. It’s like someone trying to commit murder and they don’t succeed. They get punished for attempted murder.
    Geaux away you POS and all of you who support this as being ok.

  174. moagecu says: Apr 11, 2012 11:32 AM

    dmatt777 says:
    Apr 10, 2012 11:40 PM
    “Got off day Saints backs.”

    Seriously? Did you really type this and the proceed to post it?
    ________

    I used to love Brees, but everytime he speaks about Bounty Gate he just makes himself look like an idiot.

    How are you going to deny that any of this happened when the proof AND confessions are all out there?

  175. moagecu says: Apr 11, 2012 11:32 AM

    dmatt777 says:
    Apr 10, 2012 11:40 PM
    “Got off day Saints backs.”

    Seriously? Did you really type this and then proceed to post it?
    ________

    I used to love Brees, but everytime he speaks about Bounty Gate he just makes himself look like an idiot.

    How are you going to deny that any of this happened when the proof AND confessions are all out there?

  176. paulienuts says: Apr 11, 2012 11:35 AM

    You can beg all you want, bluefan, the Giants put a bounty on 49s! AND THEY ADMITTED IT! Targeted a man with concussions issues!

    You holier than thou pieces of work need to get a grip. Yes, the Saints ARE better than your Giants. You will see that when we go farther into the playoffs this season WITH ONE ARM BEHIND THEIR BACKS. Goodell saw fit to cripple the team, but they WON’T BOW DON’T KNOW HOW!!!

    Drew is a better leader AND a better QB than EM. He will prove it with his astutely negotiated millions (more than any other QB in the league), and that’s not stupid, my man.

    When you people see the REAL truth you will still be hating on the Saints, because you don’t know any other way to be. The truth is that the “proof” the league has is compromised by a disgruntled employee who fabricated some documents.

    The admissions made by the Saints organization were admissions of a PAY FOR PERFORMANCE system NOT a Bounty or Pay for Injury scheme. THAT IS THE REAL TRUTH.

    You and Florio and the rest of the media circus has kept these trumped up charges in the forefront by posting ridiculous figures like 80% of the people ON THIS SITE think the Saints did thus and so. He constantly does this. Are you so ignorant that you don’t know that he deletes half of all Saints fans comments? We have reported this MANY TIMES. Any other sports forum does not do this. JUST HERE. So his idiotic 80% is just that. IDIOTIC. What does that make YOU for believing it?

  177. dt584ever says: Apr 11, 2012 12:02 PM

    Hey Drew and all supporters of Brees in case you have not heard, your coaches already admitted they paid to hurt players. Who the F is Drew stating he needs an explanation, heres one for you Drew when the NFL says stop with the shenanigans you stop you don’t lie and keep going with the shenanigans.

    Paulienuts The admissions made by the Saints organization were admissions of a PAY FOR PERFORMANCE system NOT a Bounty or Pay for Injury scheme. THAT IS THE REAL TRUTH. No it is not the truth wake up and put the kool aid down. Your team could have avoided this whole thing if they would have just stopped the BS when they were asked instead your team ignored the NFL. I think Godell was more than fair if the Saints would have stopped they would have got away with it without punishment stupid asses kept paying.

  178. paulienuts says: Apr 11, 2012 12:30 PM

    And to you vikesfansteve, you DO realize that the ONE late hit on Favre was played over and over again on that video you posted? That’s what the media loves to do. It sells papers. It promotes sites. It gets traffic to forums like this. And most importantly the NFL rakes in the dough from it.

    Can’t you people see what GOOD football is supposed to look like? When you look at Farve did you really believe he played well? Can you really believe you should have won that game? Did you think he was better than Drew Brees? If so, then you need to start your own league. You can call it the NTL – No Talent League. You can watch 12 men in the huddle, QB holding the ball too long while being immobile, then throwing interceptions. You can watch an ineffective O Line cave, and you can watch WRs drop balls. THEN you’ll be happy. But the Saints won’t be part of your league. They’ll be busy readying for the SB!

  179. theytukrjobs says: Apr 11, 2012 12:34 PM

    You know if everyone was as dedicated to the lie as Drew, the Saints would still have their illegal incentive and bounty system operational and Williams would still have a job. But at this point someone needs to tell Drew that it’s over. No need to cover anyone’s butt anymore.

  180. jonny42671 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:41 PM

    @paulienuts……you need some serious help. Keep posting, eventually you might even believe what you are saying

  181. mark0226 says: Apr 11, 2012 2:06 PM

    The author seems to have a reading comprehension problem. Please re-read Brees’ comments in the original article, not the twisted allegations made here. I don’t really blame the readers here, because many of them probably didn’t read the original article and took what was said here as fact. Unfortunately, the author of this article mislead you all. At NO time did Brees claim that the bounty program “didn’t exist at all.”

    First of all, it helps to understand what a ‘bounty’ actually is. It is a reward for certain actions, so YES, the Saints had a ‘Bounty Program’ and Brees knows this. The article specifically mentions that Brees wanted to make a distinction between a ‘pay for performance’ vs. a ‘pay for injury’. He and Gregg Williams acknowledge that there was a ‘pay for performance’ program.

    He is disputing that his teammates were involved in a ‘pay for injury’ program. I have not seen anyone acknowledge that there was a ‘pay for injury’ program. The NFL believes there is evidence of this, which there may very well be, but they have not made it public. Brees is claiming that he was not aware of this aspect of the program. He has on multiple occasions tried to counter the media frenzy that has turned the ‘pay for performance’ into a cash-for-crippling program that the media has portrayed.

    The Williams’ audio certainly implies there was an injury element to the program, but the audio did not make a direct link between payments and ‘cart-offs’. The fact that no opposing player was ever actually carted off the field seems to back Brees up. The defensive players either did not take those comments literally or they are just very bad at executing the coaches instructions.

    Anyway, the point is that Brees did NOT deny that there was a ‘bounty program’ as this author specifically states, so your vitriol towards Brees is unwarranted.

  182. CKL says: Apr 11, 2012 3:45 PM

    That in itself is why Saints fans get upset. Most aren’t sitting here saying the team did nothing wrong. They should have listened…of course. The issue had been that the league, it players, and anyone with common sense, realizes this type of activity has been prevelent within the NFL for decades. This Saints fans expected a punishment. But to be given a punishment that was meant to stop the entire league from doing something…only imposed on one team…when so many ex-players have admitted this is common place. Well that seems rather misguided and without a doubt, unfair.
    ______________________________
    @darthsaint,
    This is EXACTLY what Goodell did the Pats . That’s just the way it goes. Other teams taped too (though players aren’t involved in that type of thing so a lot of them don’t get it and aren’t sympathetic to it like with this), but Pats got turned in by one of their ex coaches so an example was made. I believe 100% had BB lied to the commish and failed to stop, the Pats would have lost him for the year also. The Saints pushed that envelope way way too far.

    Since Brees is their union rep, and a hugely vocal one, I think he would have been better served by not commenting on this at all. Right now he’s trying to “serve two masters” and it doesn’t look good for him.

  183. CKL says: Apr 11, 2012 4:05 PM

    That in itself is why Saints fans get upset. Most aren’t sitting here saying the team did nothing wrong. They should have listened…of course. The issue had been that the league, it players, and anyone with common sense, realizes this type of activity has been prevelent within the NFL for decades. This Saints fans expected a punishment. But to be given a punishment that was meant to stop the entire league from doing something…only imposed on one team…when so many ex-players have admitted this is common place. Well that seems rather misguided and without a doubt, unfair.
    ______________________________
    @darthsaint,
    This is EXACTLY what Goodell did the Pats . That’s just the way it goes. Other teams taped too (though players aren’t involved in that type of thing so a lot of them don’t get it and aren’t sympathetic to it like with this), but Pats got turned in by one of their ex coaches so an example was made. I believe 100% had BB lied to the commish and failed to stop, the Pats would have lost him for the year also. The Saints pushed that envelope way way too far.

    Since Brees is their union rep, and a hugely vocal one, I think he would have been better served by not commenting on this at all. Right now he’s trying to “serve two masters” and it doesn’t look good for him.

  184. goodolebaghead says: Apr 11, 2012 6:12 PM

    How can he not comment, when it’s asked EVERYTIME he goes anywhere? And you really expect him to throw his teammates under the bus? You really expect him to just come out and say, “Yeah, I knew about it, but I didn’t care.” This is a business, and Drew has always been one of the best at deflecting questions and keeping himself clean. BTW, it is possible Dplayers weren’t outright telling him about the money, since they thought maybe he wouldn’t approve. Innocent until proven guilty my ass. That guy’s body of charity work FAR outweighs any negative opinion that can be gained by denying his knowledge of something that really didn’t involve him in the first place. You guys remember, he’s on the offense, not the D, right?

  185. armeniandelight4 says: Apr 12, 2012 3:31 PM

    I do have a lot of respect for Brees in regard to his charity work off the field. But as the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints — as the man who is supposed to be the leader and spark plug of this team — he has taken his team loyalty to the point where he has become a flunky who cannot think for himself and stand up for what is right. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves, and more importantly, it’s exacerbating this scandal and tarnising his reputation.

  186. armeniandelight4 says: Apr 12, 2012 3:31 PM

    I do have a lot of respect for Brees in regard to his charity work off the field. But as the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints — as the man who is supposed to be the leader and spark plug of this team — he has taken his team loyalty to the point where he has become a flunky who cannot think for himself and stand up for what is right. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves, and more importantly, it’s exacerbating this scandal and tarnishing his reputation.

  187. ejmat2 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:28 PM

    I had always respected Brees and started not respecting him last year during the lockout. Now, I think I have lost every ounce of respect I ever had for him.

    Drew: Your coaching staff ADMITTED wrong doing. That means, IT HAPPENED!

    Are you freaking kidding me?

  188. ejmat2 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:30 PM

    How can he not comment, when it’s asked EVERYTIME he goes anywhere? And you really expect him to throw his teammates under the bus? You really expect him to just come out and say, “Yeah, I knew about it, but I didn’t care.” This is a business, and Drew has always been one of the best at deflecting questions and keeping himself clean. BTW, it is possible Dplayers weren’t outright telling him about the money, since they thought maybe he wouldn’t approve. Innocent until proven guilty my ass. That guy’s body of charity work FAR outweighs any negative opinion that can be gained by denying his knowledge of something that really didn’t involve him in the first place. You guys remember, he’s on the offense, not the D, right?
    ——————————–
    Yup, I remember as does every one on this forum (I would hope). Then Drew Brees’ answer should very simply be, “I have no knowledge of it happening.” Not, “It didn’t exist.” Since he was on offense, how would he know if it didn’t exist?

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