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Darren Sharper: No Saints players should be fined or suspended

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Darren Sharper played on the Saints’ defense in 2009 and 2010, when Gregg Williams was running a bounty program. But Sharper doesn’t think any of his former teammates deserve to be punished.

“Hopefully there aren’t any fines or suspensions,” Sharper said on WWL, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I don’t think that suspensions, fines are warranted.”

Sharper’s reasoning isn’t something that the league office is likely to accept: In Sharper’s view, there’s insufficient evidence that players were getting money in exchange for hurting their opponents.

“I still don’t feel as though there is proof that guys received certain benefits from making dirty plays or making plays during the game,” Sharper said. “To say that you are going to fine guys because word of mouth or someone says or someone might speculate or someone might have a rumor out there saying that this guy came out and put a certain amount of money up to put a player out of a game, I don’t know the truth behind that and I don’t know if there is enough information to prove that.”

But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has already determined that there is enough information to prove that the Saints violated the bounty rules. Sharper’s argument is one that Goodell has already considered and dismissed.

But Sharper will continue to press his case.

“I don’t want to call it a bounty as far as guys getting rewards for making big plays,” Sharper said. “It’s tough for me to kind of sit here and say what guys are going to be picked out of the group and what is going to be the penalty. I don’t feel as though any penalties are warranted at all.”

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  1. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 10, 2012 3:30 PM

    Having seen a compilation of the more questionable hits by the Saints against the Vikings, I can say that Sharper was one of the more egregious violators, and his comments are meaningless.

    He’s going to be one of the ones to get whacked by the Commissioner.

  2. rcampore says: Apr 10, 2012 3:30 PM

    This guy is dumber than a rock. Guarantee that he was one of the main players opening up his wallet and putting money on the table.

    Just shut up already!

  3. 49er33 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:31 PM

    The same Darren Sharper that wouldnt shut his mouth that G. Williams was innocent and there was no bounty system? The same one who couldn’t wrap up and tackle, but put some late hits in the NFC Championship against his own former QB? What a low life, needs to just shut up.

  4. mavajo says: Apr 10, 2012 3:32 PM

    OJ was innocent too.

  5. q1ller says: Apr 10, 2012 3:32 PM

    Sharper is an idiot who simply can’t resist attention…no matter how he has to get it.

  6. grandpoopah says: Apr 10, 2012 3:32 PM

    Sharper would probably feel differently if Drew Brees had been injured as a result of another team putting a bounty on him. I also bet Brees would not “need an explanation” for the punishment handed down to the player who hurt him.

  7. dixon29 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:33 PM

    Suspend Sharper for the whole year because of his ignorance.

    There is proof, your team did it, and you are going to pay the price. Goodell is going to lay the hammer down!

  8. shian11 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:33 PM

    And in another shocking development, today is Tuesday!

  9. pickleman77 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:34 PM

    This from a guy who put an “X” on Favre’s ankle? Whatever Sharper. Stick it up your butt.

  10. thcnote says: Apr 10, 2012 3:34 PM

    Just shut up and go away you moron.

  11. h4wksf4n says: Apr 10, 2012 3:34 PM

    And who cares what sharper’s opinion is?

  12. LoCoSu@%s says: Apr 10, 2012 3:34 PM

    Darren Sharper continues to run his mouth. He would be better advised to shut his mouth and keep from drawing attention to himself.
    Guilty or not – the perception that anyone would be involved in an effort to wilfully injure other players to the extent of putting them out of action for many games, if not ending their career is something that will not be welcomed, in the public eye or in other locker rooms.

    Just shut up Darren.

  13. favresweiner says: Apr 10, 2012 3:35 PM

    Coming from the man that hit Favre late in the NFC Championship game.

  14. mathomp3 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:35 PM

    Sorry Darren, people are sent to jail based on “word of mouth” testimony. Saints players should own up, take their fines like men and move on.

  15. bsizemore68 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:35 PM

    He would be smart to not draw anymore attention to himself, as if Roger cares about his opinion, He could be facing a year off, Rickey William got a year for weed, what do you get for a knee?Bill

  16. eaglebobby says: Apr 10, 2012 3:35 PM

    You’re about as stupid as they get Sharper. Don’t you think the league has proof–in fact, I believe it was in one of these columns that Gregg Williams documented everything–that’s part of the proof the league used against him, Payton, Vitt, and Loomis. And if you don’t think that Vilma deserves being suspended a season for offering 10K to knock out Brett Favre–an allegation that not one person–Williams included has not refuted, then you yourself have no place in the game.

  17. cooklynn17 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:35 PM

    Good luck with that Darren…

    No Saints players should be fined or suspended: (Pipe Dream).

  18. captatl says: Apr 10, 2012 3:35 PM

    Sharper has no credibility.
    He first says nothing happened and then he knows the name of the snitch, but how can there be a snitch when he has already said that none of this is true, so if nothing happened the snitch had nothing to snitch about. If none of this is true then why all the apologies? Sharper has no credibility and is taking this stance soley for HOF voters, hoping as a retired player, his name doesnt surface in the evidence.

  19. bucrightoff says: Apr 10, 2012 3:36 PM

    Ban the Saints from the NFL for life until someone on that team, present or past, actually takes some blame for this! Deflect, deflect, deflect….

  20. itsmammoth says: Apr 10, 2012 3:37 PM

    Oh no..

    It’s Darren Sharper..

    one of the hardest hittin’ safeties in the league.

  21. tonyromoisterrible says: Apr 10, 2012 3:37 PM

    Darren Sharper = Zero Integrity

  22. jeffw says: Apr 10, 2012 3:37 PM

    “…I don’t feel as though any penalties are warranted at all.”

    That is because you are an idiot…

  23. catman72 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:37 PM

    Me: Darren Sharper is an idiot.

  24. ajknox88 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:38 PM

    I’ve got to kind of agree with him on this. If you think about it if your boss tells you to do something, you do it because your job depends on it. Regardless if you have an extra incentive to do so.

  25. rubberinnertube says: Apr 10, 2012 3:38 PM

    Devil’s advocate:
    These players may have been complying with the culture or programs that Gregg Williams created as their very lives and livelihood depended on it.

    If the average NFL career is only about three years, I would think any non-superstars would want to please their coaches as best they could. Especially if they don’t have any other career options to fall back on.

  26. hey804 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:38 PM

    Of course they shouldn’t be fined or punished. Last I checked Goodell was doing a pretty thorough job of fining and suspending players based off actions ON THE FIELD seen in GAME TAPE. This would be akin to punishing them for thought crimes. Very slippery slope…

  27. bigwinintx says: Apr 10, 2012 3:39 PM

    Soooo…
    According to this genius, we should let the players off because nobody can produce the cash exchanging hands or because nobody outside of the locker room actually saw the players agreeing to the payola?

    You should stick to tackling Darren, because law isn’t suited for you.

    The investigators have already proven enough to get not only the head coach and def. coordinator shutdown, but the GM and another assistant have been thrown to the ground, and you think that you’re safe???
    Dude, get ready for a vacation!

  28. bigbillsfan says: Apr 10, 2012 3:40 PM

    Darren, must not have read the 50,000 pages report that the NFL put together concerning this very hot topic. On one wants to accept responsibility for was reported even though coaches admitted to it!

  29. jimthebuilder27 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:40 PM

    Must be nice to be able to live on Fantasy Island, huh Darren?

  30. allmichiganteams says: Apr 10, 2012 3:41 PM

    Their gonna get long suspensions just like the coaches recieved. Sharper is a moron for saying that when we all heard the audio of Williams saying i got the first one. So who had the second, third, and forth dirty play? Sharper needs to shut his mouth because hes ruining his legacy every time he makes a dumbass comment like that.

  31. burnzy32 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:42 PM

    hey, those Marines in a few good men got discharged so ya’ll should be suspended……”did you order the code red” “YOUR GAWD DAM RIGHT I DID!!!!!!”

  32. supergruby says: Apr 10, 2012 3:44 PM

    I heard Sharper helped Claiborne study for his Wonderlic.

  33. thehighhat says: Apr 10, 2012 3:44 PM

    “…especially me!”

  34. rtbragg5 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:45 PM

    Why does this guy talk?

  35. losntina69 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:46 PM

    Every single player that was involved in this bounty thing should be suspended for a year Period. As a player they dont want to get hurt, why would you want to go out and purposely hurt someone. Possibly end their careers, that is not right and each player should have the same fate as Payton.

  36. starfan79 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:46 PM

    Of course he is going to say that! What else is he gonna say?!?!

    “did you kill him?”.. “no???”

  37. justanotherdummy says: Apr 10, 2012 3:47 PM

    Darren, you had your chance to be a man and step up to end something that you knew was wrong. You lacked the moral courage to do so. Please do not speak on it anymore, unless it is to apologize for your cowardice.

  38. hey804 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:49 PM

    I will accept the fact that the Saints coaching staff may have been unique in their organization and approval of a bounty system, but if you think players aren’t doing this in ALL 32 locker rooms, you’re beyond delusional. Get off your moral high horses.

  39. sbxxix says: Apr 10, 2012 3:49 PM

    all I have to say about Darren Sharper, the 2009-2011 NO Saints and the Super Bowl they won is: *

  40. paulitik74 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:50 PM

    18,000 documents and no proof? Okay. They should ban him form HOF consideration until he speaks the truth.

  41. rcali says: Apr 10, 2012 3:50 PM

    The Saints players were ordered to give a Code Red to opposing players and they had to follow the orders!….is what Not Sharper was trying to say.

  42. wsnydes says: Apr 10, 2012 3:51 PM

    If a player accepted money or any other compensation for a hit that resulted in an injury to another player, that player(s) should be suspended and/or fined.

    How a player can intentionally and actively try to injury another player knowing the risks and short term nature of their sports career is beyond me. That is appalling.

  43. capitala23 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:52 PM

    rubberinnertube says:
    Apr 10, 2012 3:38 PM
    Devil’s advocate:
    These players may have been complying with the culture or programs that Gregg Williams created as their very lives and livelihood depended on it.

    If the average NFL career is only about three years, I would think any non-superstars would want to please their coaches as best they could. Especially if they don’t have any other career options to fall back on.

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    Doesn’t make it right to end someone else’s career that will likely be longer than 3 years if it wasn’t for targeted hits. Your point only proves further why the Saints need to be hit hard, because they are working with minds that have been trained to listen to Coach.

    Also, I agree with everyone else. Sharper is dumb for talking more, because he is a big candidate to get hit hard with fines and he knows it. Just showing himself to be guilty. Like the kid that always would talk nonstop because he knew he was in trouble and was going to say whatever he could to try and talk his way out of it, but only was proving his guilt.

  44. cakemixa says: Apr 10, 2012 3:52 PM

    Dear geniuses calling for Sharper to be suspended,

    Sharper has been retired for over a year now.

  45. xxwhodatxx says: Apr 10, 2012 3:53 PM

    pooflingingmonkey says:
    Apr 10, 2012 3:30 PM
    Having seen a compilation of the more questionable hits by the Saints against the Vikings, I can say that Sharper was one of the more egregious violators, and his comments are meaningless.

    He’s going to be one of the ones to get whacked by the Commissioner.

     —–

    Sharper is retired, so how exactly is the commish gonna “whack” him?

  46. waitingguilty says: Apr 10, 2012 3:53 PM

    “There are no American forces inside Iraq.”
    -Baghdad Bob

  47. norseyapper says: Apr 10, 2012 3:54 PM

    Sharper’s playing career has been over for a year anyway. About all he has at stake is being prevented from getting a talking head job at the NFL network, and by the way judging from the tests he’s done in the field he sucks anyway.

    However, for football fans his legacy has gone from being a good but not great safety who had a nose for the ball but turned up his nose at tackles to being remembered as a liar and a cheat.
    The film of the NFC championship game tells much of that story.

  48. patfic15 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:55 PM

    Thanks for the Super Bowl Darren! Once again…why no excessive late hit flags or players getting carted off??? Couldn’t have been thhhhat bad.

  49. bullcharger says: Apr 10, 2012 3:55 PM

    In most cases I have heard of over the years, A boss telling an employee to do something against the company rules does not indemnify the employee against losing his job. I believe the expression is “two wrongs don’t make a right”.

    Sharper couldn’t be more wrong about this. I agree that the players were put in a tough position, but they still did the wrong thing in accepting the payments and participating in the bounty program. There needs to be some leniency compared to how the coaches have been punished, but some punishment is certainly needed.

  50. 66ray66 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:56 PM

    Sharper won’t be fined or suspended – he’s retired.

  51. mrlaloosh says: Apr 10, 2012 3:57 PM

    All you geniuses that say Sharper should be banned? He hasn’t played in a year and a half. Get a clue people.

  52. artielange says: Apr 10, 2012 3:58 PM

    Gotta love the Mensa members on here who are leaving comments stating that Sharper, a player that’s been retired for over a year, should be suspended. You’re the kind of “well-informed” boobs that guys like Goodell rely on to justify his b.s.

    Go back to inhaling chee-tos, nailing your fat wives and crying about your empty trophy case.

  53. hey804 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:01 PM

    Somebody please tell me ONE player whose career was ended by the Saints on a dirty hit?

  54. peachyc39 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:03 PM

    I would love to see the 50,000 pages of proof that Goodell had to reach his decision about the Saints coaches and GM. I bet that was a page turner for real! lol

  55. goodolebaghead says: Apr 10, 2012 4:04 PM

    Sharper has been retired (some of you comment and you don’t even know all the facts.)

    Sharper is a talking head for the Network already.

    Sharper would be better off keeping his mouth shut, I agree.

    The point he is trying to make, is you can’t PROVE any of those players accepted any money or knocked anyone out of the game illegally. If it’s in the report, why won’t Goodell release it? Obviously these players were in on the system, even Saints fans are smart enough to know that, however, if any of you can quit salivating over all your schadenfreude, you’ll see the fact of the matter is: If no player can be PROVEN to have accepted money, none of them can be suspended.

    Take off your Sainthatehats for just one second and think about that.

  56. iluvbears says: Apr 10, 2012 4:04 PM

    Sharper is a dope. A well-dressed dope.

  57. truthassassin says: Apr 10, 2012 4:07 PM

    I agree with the guy… Regardless, everyone should realize this is a league-wide problem, not a Saints specific problem or Williams specific problem… I blame this more on the NFL office and Goodell than on any team or player… The NFL should take money away from Goodell for not installing a better system to keep tabs on this kind of thing before it tries to blame everyone for doing what we all knew they were already doing… Did anyone really think this kind’ve thing didn’t occur? C’mon

  58. saints4evah says: Apr 10, 2012 4:08 PM

    Poor Vikings fans. Still trying to blame 7 turnovers on dirty hits that never happened. Sharper is right on with his comments. NONE of the Saints pplayers carried out any bounties, it was just a damned DC talking empty smack. Ya’ll gave us the game. Your 7 turnovers were your undoing. You outgained us, out hustled us, out everything including out TO’d us. Get the hell over it. You lost. Just like we lost a 9ers team that we outgained, and outplayed on the offensive side, their defense caused 5 turnovers that were the crux of their win. We got over it We are retooling for next year, and will be right back on top of the NFC for another run at the Super Bowl and hopefully playing in front of our hometown. Your asterisk BS is as accurate as you blaming dirty hits for the loss. The only hits that were flagged, didn’t affect the outcome of the game because Brett is as tough as a Waffle House steak. Get over yourselves Minnesota fans, because your team did what it always does in the big games. They choked. You now it, and the world knows it, and all your crybaby antics won’t get you a rematch, and won’t take our Lombardi away, and there will be no asterisk except where it matters least…in your own heads.
    And get ready for more disappointment all you chums dogpiling on the Saints for these imaginary crimes. The Saints are coming, and they will be breathing smoke and running their offense right down your gullets again, and the DC is an ace at getting fella to perform without stupid blitzes and stupid speeches that make milquetoast fans and sport writers faint from the lack of testicular fortitude. Saints 4 evah! WHO DAT!!!

  59. phillyphever says: Apr 10, 2012 4:09 PM

    Sharper, shut up. You already lost a lot of your chance to make it to the hall of fame, but you keep this up, the only way you go to Canton is with your own money.

  60. packerfan1000 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:10 PM

    Good point, Darren. Surely the league has been operating this whole time under “word of mouth” and “rumors that are out there.”

    Take your medicine, Saints.

  61. breadslicer says: Apr 10, 2012 4:13 PM

    Mr. Sharper should follow in Mr. Sapp’s footsteps.

  62. danpit2 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:15 PM

    Are you kidding me?? Are the players not men with their own ability to make decisions?? If my boss tells me to hurt someone I know better than to do that.

  63. neauxgeaux44 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:17 PM

    Hello, Mcfly’s above, Sharper retired…..

    What a bunch of idiot Saints haters….jealous bottom feeders…

    Thanks for the Lombardi, DS!

    Who dat, we dat!

  64. mdd913 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:17 PM

    You guys can call Darren Sharper “stupid” all you want but he understands something you do not.

    Just to illuminate the idiot masses, I’ll make it multiple choice:

    Name one single player knocked out of any game against the Saints defense over the last three years due to an illegal hit?

    A. Three
    B. Five
    C. Zero

  65. saintswillwin says: Apr 10, 2012 4:19 PM

    Having seen a compilation of the more questionable hits by the Saints against the Vikings, I can say that Sharper was one of the more egregious violators, and his comments are meaningless.

    He’s going to be one of the ones to get whacked by the Commissioner.

    Sharper has retired, so Kommisar Goodell can’t touch him!!

  66. ademell1 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:21 PM

    Darren Sharper is kind of an idiot.

    When you keep saying, “It wasn’t me” that usually lets people know that you’re guilty. You know, especially when the evidence has already found three coaches guilty to some degree.

    I hope this guy gets hit with a huge fine for utter stupidity. By his own teammates.

    Then the commish can come down on him.

    I never disliked or had a bad thing to say about Darren Sharper…but this guy is real f’n stupid I must say..

  67. canadianvikingfaniii says: Apr 10, 2012 4:23 PM

    ajknox88 says:Apr 10, 2012 3:38 PM

    I’ve got to kind of agree with him on this. If you think about it if your boss tells you to do something, you do it because your job depends on it. Regardless if you have an extra incentive to do so.
    ————————-
    Oh really? So fraud, stealing, assault, drug dealing and murder are all justified if your boss says do it? That is exactly what you are saying.. Nice try.

  68. timsmooth says: Apr 10, 2012 4:26 PM

    Hey stupid! Sharper isn’t playing football anymore.. You can’t penalize a!

  69. oliverioxerxes says: Apr 10, 2012 4:26 PM

    People are actually commenting that this guy’s gonna get suspended for a year. Where have you people been? You know this guy didn’t play last year, right? I though football fans read football news.

  70. bopar411 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:27 PM

    “I don’t think that suspensions, fines are warranted.” — Darren Sharper

    Really?

    Looks like a name change may be in order. “Darren Dullard” has a nice ring to it, ’cause he’s just not getting it. “Sharper” seems to no longer apply.

  71. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: Apr 10, 2012 4:29 PM

    @ saints4evah

    perfect brother. The hypocrisy of the people on this website is unmatched anywhere. These same people crying about hard hits are the same people jumping out of their seats when a LB knocks out a RB. Just got to remember that most of the whining is from loser franchises like the Yucks and the Vikqueefs.

  72. lnfinite says: Apr 10, 2012 4:30 PM

    There should be fines, possible lawsuits with a dash of prosecution for criminal acts. Suspensions are a joke.

  73. bordner says: Apr 10, 2012 4:30 PM

    Love that lame “name me one player… ” argument that the Saints fans have shifted to now that the “but… but EVERYONE does it!” argument didn’t work.

    It’s about the plan. It’s about the intent. The Saints shouldn’t be let off the hook just because they couldn’t execute their coaches’ instructions.

    You do realize it’s illegal to hire a hit man even if he doesn’t carry out the act or just plain misses the target due to incompetence, don’t you?

  74. laserw says: Apr 10, 2012 4:31 PM

    Personally I think that every Saints defensive player should be ineligible to play this season without pay. The fact that none of them blew the whistle on such a horrendous policy should serve as evidence of complicity to the policy.

  75. samapoc says: Apr 10, 2012 4:31 PM

    I’m really having trouble finding where Sharper did anything wrong. The worst offender was McCray and he only had legal hits, as far as I can tell. So regardless of what Gregg Williams said, it’s going to be difficult to punish players who, let’s face it, would ALREADY have been punished for any illegal hits during the season.

  76. pleazenufalready says: Apr 10, 2012 4:33 PM

    …and to think, I bet Darren’s momma was proud when he first learned how to talk!

  77. chawk12thman says: Apr 10, 2012 4:34 PM

    NFLPA has same opinion……….go figure.

  78. blacksaint213 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:35 PM

    You know I will really stop reading the comments on this page because I can see clearly that the people on here know nothing of football. Sharper is not even playing for the Saints anymore nor in the league. How could they fine him?

    What is the point of people always talking about the Saint team. Well I say thank you I am glad we are known this will in no way hurt the team. I am willing for anyone to bet against the Saints of not making the playoffs this year.

  79. rayburns says: Apr 10, 2012 4:35 PM

    I think Sharper is looking toward his tax consultant when he’s saying this. Don’t you think the IRS has its ears open for any player saying on the record that they accepted income that they did not pay taxes for?

    or, he’s an idiot

  80. bigbadal21 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:36 PM

    Any defensive player who denied that bounties were being paid is subject to discipline. It does not matter whether they accepted money or not. It doesn’t matter if any players were knocked out of games. What does matter is that they lied to the investigaters.

  81. jimillinois says: Apr 10, 2012 4:39 PM

    Can’t wait till Favre drops dime on all these clowns including the blind refs!!!!!

  82. th56 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:45 PM

    So says the man who pretended to be Favre’s friend.

  83. wherezwaldo says: Apr 10, 2012 4:47 PM

    he’s just as dirty as the next guy. Didn’t Favre say something about Sharper getting in late hits in the Championship game?

  84. fusion3450 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:50 PM

    kndixon29 says:
    Apr 10, 2012 3:33 PM
    Suspend Sharper for the whole year because of his ignorance.

    There is proof, your team did it, and you are going to pay the price. Goodell is going to lay the hammer down!
    ———————-

    go ahead dude. he doesn’t even play anymore. another poster not knowing facts but wanting to talk trash

  85. sfsaintsfan says: Apr 10, 2012 5:11 PM

    For all of you geniuses out ther, one simple question.

    Name one player knocked out of a game by the Saints Defense over the last three years because of an ILLEGAL hit:

  86. InFact says: Apr 10, 2012 5:13 PM

    Sharper is gone from the NFL. No one wished to sign him, so he was forced to retire.

    If he were still in the league, he’d be suspended 6-8 games for his conduct.

    He’d be smarter to hit the mute button, if he ever wishes to get a broadcasting job.

    (Not articulate and insightful with comments I’ve heard to date on the radio, so he needs help, especially with his elocution.)

  87. fusion3450 says: Apr 10, 2012 5:16 PM

    you know what sharper is? a superbowl 44 champion!

  88. soldiersaint77 says: Apr 10, 2012 5:16 PM

    Just got confirmation on why some of the “fans” are making such a fuss. They don’t really know football. It’s been said above but My boy Sharper has been retired for a year and has been on NFL network as a guest analyst. Yet people on here are calling for suspensions and fines. I suspected this to be true but just like the Williams audio now I have proof.

    You can go ahead and put an * next to this years SB trophy too if it makes you feel better.

  89. nflrule says: Apr 10, 2012 5:19 PM

    Is everyone else ALSO sick of the Saints and this story.It has been a nightmare offseason for the NFL for two years in a row.Lets talk about the upcoming draft and enough of the Saints,Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow…

  90. pongonfl says: Apr 10, 2012 5:20 PM

    This is the same Darren Sharper that came on NFL network the day after the announcement and insisted it never happened. That Darren Sharper?

  91. ezmagic says: Apr 10, 2012 5:20 PM

    Suspend them all for the season with no pay. Make an example out of these dirtbags mr. commish.

  92. conormacleod says: Apr 10, 2012 5:21 PM

    Eye witness testimony from credible eye witnesses is circumstantial evidence. Circumstantial evidence can be weighted the same as direct evidence. They are both evidence, Mr. Sharper. And, “I was told to commit the crime” is not a defense for said crime. At my work we have a policy that says you must report rules violations if you see them or are aware of them. To say Sharper is a moron is an insult to morons.

  93. greenbay4ever says: Apr 10, 2012 5:25 PM

    Hey mdd913

    They didn’t knock anyone out with an illegal hit because they couldn’t not because they didn’t try.

    They did however put an illegal hit on Brett Favre. They went for the feet. If his ankle is good then they he runs for a first and the Vikings win the game. There is footage of a saints player yelling I won, I won, I knocked him out of the game. What did he win? The game wasn’t over so he obviously was talking about a bounty. Stop Defending them.

    They have no Class and don’t think for a second that little midget with the pooh stain on his face didn’t know anything about it. I am sure Drew Brees knew all about it. I am sure he put up some cash.

    They will always be the aint’s to me.

  94. FinFan68 says: Apr 10, 2012 5:30 PM

    Nothing Darren “X marks the spot” Sharper says on this subject has any credibility. He was no doubt one of the main ” bounty hunters” during his tenure and it is very likely he was slightly below Vilma when it came to financing the “fund”

  95. lnfinite says: Apr 10, 2012 5:31 PM

    blacksaint213 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:35 PM

    You know I will really stop reading the comments on this page because I can see clearly that the people on here know nothing of football. Sharper is not even playing for the Saints anymore nor in the league. How could they fine him?

    What is the point of people always talking about the Saint team. Well I say thank you I am glad we are known this will in no way hurt the team. I am willing for anyone to bet against the Saints of not making the playoffs this year.

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    Saints will not make the playoffs. Just like the fix was in during the 09 NFCCG when phantom calls and blind refs called the game, refs will call phantom penalties and act blind as a form of payback. Call it poetic justice…………….

  96. elifan4life says: Apr 10, 2012 5:32 PM

    why is this dope even defending this team?? they let him walk in 2010 (before he resigned at a discount rate) and didn’t even bother to resign him in 2011??

  97. 22much4ken says: Apr 10, 2012 5:35 PM

    Once again Darren sharper has his stupid mouth going – shut the pie hole d s

  98. annes22 says: Apr 10, 2012 5:36 PM

    Let Darren Sharper join the group that are going to be fined and whatever else. He’s a moron so join the group of loosers over there in NO.
    No coach, no manager, nice job guys, way to play the game.

  99. steeltuff says: Apr 10, 2012 5:37 PM

    Sharper + Vilma = 6 games each.

  100. rayday1980 says: Apr 10, 2012 5:49 PM

    Nobody has to hate on the Saints…They did it to themselves…..Your team had brown paper bags on there fans heads before Brees got there….So you won a SB the year of Katrina…..so what….The Saints has a history of sucking azz…So who dat…..We dat….Corny Azz Team chant

  101. seals1 says: Apr 10, 2012 5:51 PM

    Sharper- everyone knows you are lying. Everytime you open your mouth you make yourself look worse.

    This just in Darren- Roger is compounding the fines and suspensions because he keeps getting lied to and stories keep getting covered up.

    You are making it worse for yourself. Shut the mouth.

  102. mnvikes7897 says: Apr 10, 2012 5:51 PM

    Retire and ride off into the sunset with your asterisk. Sorry you wore purple.

  103. musicman495 says: Apr 10, 2012 5:53 PM

    Eye witness testimony from credible eye witnesses is circumstantial evidence. Circumstantial evidence can be weighted the same as direct evidence. They are both evidence, Mr. Sharper. And, “I was told to commit the crime” is not a defense for said crime.
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    How about this – someone overhead someone say something that they thought were instructions to me to commit a crime, but in fact I committed no crime. Is that a defense? Gregg Williams rants and raves in a locker room, but no one is actually injured – except of course, one of my own teammates by one of the 49ers. Is that what they call a “technicality”?

  104. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Apr 10, 2012 5:57 PM

    Would someone please draw a big X on his forehead please?

  105. josiewales69 says: Apr 10, 2012 5:57 PM

    who was it that said x marks the spot? darren sharper refering to brett favres ankle first game of the season in 2010 after the cheap shots after the whistle blew in 09 championship game Iwonder if williams had to remind them to test favre’s ankle

  106. thebigcaptain2011 says: Apr 10, 2012 5:58 PM

    Someone needs to tell Sharper that he is hurting his ex-teammates cause more than helping. Also, he needs to consider that if he wants to ever get a job in the NFL again he may want to stop giving interviews to anyone that will listen.

  107. bleedsoe9mm says: Apr 10, 2012 6:03 PM

    players should NOT be punished , it would be like suspending tom brady for spygate or tony romo for jerry jones cheating on the cap .

  108. proudwhodat says: Apr 10, 2012 6:05 PM

    Days since Vikings fans cried about 2009 NFC Championship….oops, never mind.

  109. jluns275 says: Apr 10, 2012 6:26 PM

    That’s excellent Darren! Keep spouting your defiantly ignorant criminal philosophy! With any luck you’ll never even get an interview to coach at any level of football, & thus you’ll have exponentially fewer opportunities to poison the minds of the young & impressionable. Good man! It’s too bad they can’t dock your pension the equivalent amount of game checks as Vilma will surely be docked. Stay classy New Orleans!

  110. granadafan says: Apr 10, 2012 6:35 PM

    The reason the NFL came down so hard on the Saints and coaches was because they continually lied to the investigators and even to the comissioner’s face. For Sharper to make the stupid statements means he just doesn’t get it. Let him lie directly to Goodell and see how many games he gets. Come clean and the punishment will be lessened. You don’t reward lying.

  111. jimillinois says: Apr 10, 2012 6:40 PM

    I mean retired

  112. CKL says: Apr 10, 2012 6:45 PM

    blacksaint213 says: Apr 10, 2012 4:35 PM

    You know I will really stop reading the comments on this page because I can see clearly that the people on here know nothing of football. Sharper is not even playing for the Saints anymore nor in the league. How could they fine him?

    What is the point of people always talking about the Saint team. Well I say thank you I am glad we are known this will in no way hurt the team. I am willing for anyone to bet against the Saints of not making the playoffs this year.
    __________________________________
    I would be STUNNED if the Saints made the playoffs this year. Who in the world is taking over your team as HC? Maybe if you had Parcells…but even then it would be a longshot. You lost your great HC for a year…no way you make the playoffs without him. This will be an interesting year to see who is more important, a great HC or a great QB. I think the former is.

    As a Pats fan I’d rather lose TB for a year than BB. MUCH rather. Especially since he does so much with the draft, as does SP. No SP for draft, no SP for camp and installations and practices, no SP at all. No way you make the tourney. TB’s great, but without BB, my team doesn’t go anywhere.

  113. brintfatre says: Apr 10, 2012 7:00 PM

    No players should be penalized unless it can be proven he did something worse than normal for an NFL player who plays his position.

    We’ve seen no proof that the bounty system caused more or even more severe injuries to the opposing team. The fact that it existed is not the player’s fault.

    And remember Favre was bruised and limping from the week before the Championship game when he faced Dallas.

    There should be no penalties for players without penalties for the officiating too!

  114. lostsok says: Apr 10, 2012 7:02 PM

    Al Capone thought that tax evasion was a slap on the wrist. Cut to Alcatraz.

    Nice try Sharper. Don’t work that way…

  115. lnfinite says: Apr 10, 2012 7:02 PM

    musicman495 says: Apr 10, 2012 5:53 PM

    Eye witness testimony from credible eye witnesses is circumstantial evidence. Circumstantial evidence can be weighted the same as direct evidence. They are both evidence, Mr. Sharper. And, “I was told to commit the crime” is not a defense for said crime.
    ——————————–
    How about this – someone overhead someone say something that they thought were instructions to me to commit a crime, but in fact I committed no crime. Is that a defense? Gregg Williams rants and raves in a locker room, but no one is actually injured – except of course, one of my own teammates by one of the 49ers. Is that what they call a “technicality”?

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    Following instructions or following orders? This kind of reminds me of what some people said back in the late 40s during a famous trial. Think it was called…….

  116. nolanorth says: Apr 10, 2012 7:11 PM

    ***dixon29 says:
    Apr 10, 2012 3:33 PM
    Suspend Sharper for the whole year because of his ignorance.

    There is proof, your team did it, and you are going to pay the price. Goodell is going to lay the hammer down!

    He’s retired dumbass..

  117. 3kdad says: Apr 10, 2012 7:17 PM

    Remember when this mess first broke? Something I can’t forget about. It was reported that there were 18,000 documents containing 55,000 pages related to the investigation. I have always wondered what is in those pages. I bet somewhere in there is the evidence that Sharper needs to see along with his name a time or two.

  118. steel2372 says: Apr 10, 2012 7:17 PM

    Sickening thats all I can say

  119. laeaglefan says: Apr 10, 2012 8:09 PM

    By the time the dust settles on this case, the Saints will be fielding a UFL quality team in 2012….at least on the defense.

  120. tci6743 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:18 PM

    Story after story about the “evil” Saints. Whatever, that horse is dead. All of the Saints haters are having their salad days right now. Enjoy your 15 minutes cause you know it dowan’t matter. It wasn’t the Saints defense that made them one of the best teams in the NFL over the last 5 years. Last time I checked, that offense was still pretty bad-ass. So, suck it. Who Dat!

  121. samapoc says: Apr 10, 2012 8:19 PM

    Saints to Superbowl on a waive of “us against the world” exuberance. You heard it hear first.

  122. vikesfansteve says: Apr 10, 2012 9:01 PM

    The problem wasn’t the Saints blatent dirty late shots but the fact the refs didn’t flag them & the league apologized after the fact & fined the Saints players. The refs blew it, they fix had to be on.

  123. ivibaileyivi says: Apr 10, 2012 9:14 PM

    Sharper your a PUKE!! Do yourself a favor and jump off the nearest bridge into that infested hurricane water.

    Who dat nation?? You a dirty,piece of s#@t nation!!

    **2009 superbowl chUmpion New Orlean AINTS**

  124. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:19 PM

    Saints to 3-13 on “we don’t anybody on our team because we cheated and now everybody in the NFL wants to hurt us” exuberance. You heard it hear first.

    WHO DEY DERE GON COACH THEM TAINTS?

  125. themonster49 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:31 PM

    At first I thought Sharper was the whistleblower, now I think he is one of the guilty. He can try to convince as many people as he wants that he is innocent while they drag him away, so to speak, i mean he does have freedom of speech. But he does not have freedom from repercusion, and if he is this afraid about his future HoF status, words (and damaging or frustrating effects of his words, or after proven, his lies) like these will only jeopardize that even more.

  126. packal3nz353 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:47 PM

    This is not to defend the Saints or Sharper. It’s horrible stuff there, I hope the NFL sends a clear message.

    But Vikes fans/Shiancoe/Kluwe, I have some questions:
    1. Did the Saints’ bounties cause Adrian Peterson to lose 3 fumbles in that game? (2 within ten yds of TDs, if I’m not mistaken…)
    2. Did the Saints’ bounties cause Brad Childress to have a package mix-up that caused a 12 men in the huddle penalty on the final drive to take them out of FG range?
    3. …and if the Saints bounties did in fact hurt a QB badly enough that he shouldn’t have been playing, should the Saints really be blamed for the concurrent QB hard-headedness and weak head coaching that would allow said injured QB to keep playing despite being a detriment as a decision-maker and rush-avoider?

    The Saints bounties cost you a RING?! For real?!

  127. TxGrown says: Apr 10, 2012 10:02 PM

    WHO DAT?…..I believe that has already been answered.

  128. somatg3 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:45 PM

    Why are all these idiot saints being given so much air time and exposure when there own organization has already admitted to their wrong doing? sounds like he and bress are in denial and no doubt that attitude permiates from payton and his arrogance. its so annoying to listen to this constant arrogance. they just need to all shut their mouths because no one wants to hear it

  129. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Apr 16, 2012 1:58 PM

    packal3nz353 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:47 PM

    This is not to defend the Saints or Sharper. It’s horrible stuff there, I hope the NFL sends a clear message.

    But Vikes fans/Shiancoe/Kluwe, I have some questions:
    1. Did the Saints’ bounties cause Adrian Peterson to lose 3 fumbles in that game? (2 within ten yds of TDs, if I’m not mistaken…)
    2. Did the Saints’ bounties cause Brad Childress to have a package mix-up that caused a 12 men in the huddle penalty on the final drive to take them out of FG range?
    3. …and if the Saints bounties did in fact hurt a QB badly enough that he shouldn’t have been playing, should the Saints really be blamed for the concurrent QB hard-headedness and weak head coaching that would allow said injured QB to keep playing despite being a detriment as a decision-maker and rush-avoider?

    The Saints bounties cost you a RING?! For real?!
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    I hate the vikings and I think anyone who is not biased would say that YES the saints cheating did cost them a ring. Even after everything you mentioned the vikings were in position to win the game. Imagine if the Saints had not cheated the vikings would have killed the saints. Honestly though I am grateful that the vikings have nothing.

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