Eric Berry once again suggests there may have been a bounty on him

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Last month, after the Saints’ bounty scandal emerged, Chiefs safety Eric Berry hinted on Twitter that he possibly was the victim of a bounty in the team’s Week One game against the Bills, when Berry suffered a torn ACL after being hit low by receiver Stevie Johnson on a running play.

Johnson denied that possibility, strongly.

“Throughout this whole season, I thought about that hit,” Johnson told PFT Live on March 6. “I don’t ever want to hurt anybody else in this league, in this fraternity.

“I apologized to Eric Berry and all that, because he missed an entire season, and he’s an elite DB . . . . As a receiver they tell you, ‘Cut block downfield,’ and that’s what we were doing, and I did that and he ended up getting injured.  I’m not sure if it was completely on that play, but if it was I apologized for that.

“I didn’t cut block for the rest of the year,” Johnson added, “just because of that, a simple block that had taken him out for the entire season.”

Though Berry has since said his tweet on the matter was “pretty much a joke,” he recently reiterated his suspicions.

“They got the tape out there, you can make your own opinion,” Berry said, via the Associated Press, in an article that mentions neither Johnson nor his denial.  “I mean, my opinion is my opinion.  People are going to take it how they want to take it anyway.”

If Berry thinks he was the target of a bounty, he needs to say so.  Cryptic messages will serve only to maintain a cloud of suspicion over Johnson and the Bills.  So instead of essentially saying “I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’,” Berry needs to say clearly that he believes he was the target of a bounty, or that he wasn’t.

And if he thinks he was, he needs to say why.

This is a serious topic, and casual and/or incomplete allegations of the existence of a bounty make light of the problem.

63 responses to “Eric Berry once again suggests there may have been a bounty on him

  1. It was unfortunate, you never want to see anyone’s season end….but it was a legal hit. Are they going to go after the mascot for ending Jamaal Charles season?

  2. Johnson’s tackle was completely legal and he has said numerous times how sorry he is that Berry got hurt. It’s people in the media like you who make baseless accusations that cause problems for innocent players and people, but considering you work for NBC that is no surprise.

  3. The only “cloud of suspicion” this should maintain is the suspicion that Berry is an idiot.

  4. You would LOVE for him to say something wouldn’t you? Especially since you already can’t shut up enough about the original BountyGate. Besides, how would that help the Bills? Kansas City isn’t in their division and it was week ONE. At least the Saints went after division rivals and teams that threatened a trip to the Super Bowl. Kansas City was definitely neither and at the start of the season, even the Bills didn’t know they would be that good so why would it have been worth it in WEEK ONE? Also, Chan Gailey is a head coach with class. I can’t see him allowing that in his locker room.

  5. Whether he comes out and says “it was a bounty hit” or not, it’s natural after these revelations about the how the saints players did things, to look at a suspicious hit and ask whether there was more to it than just playing football. That tackle was legal, but was somewhat suspicious (just like knocking the QB down after an INT when he’s just standing there not pursuing the play, although there are now rules on that)… Prior to the Saints situation, of the thousands of hits and tackles each season, I would have said there wasn’t a will or want to hurt another player. That may or may not still be true, but now every hit is going to look….suspicious… That’s the bad side of this issue…even for those hits that are questionable whether they were legal and those not legal, were they just in the drive to play the game or not…

  6. Eric Berry needs to drink some cement and harden up.

    He has been bitching about this all season and off-season.

    It is football…get over it or get out of the league.

    It was a legal hit.

  7. Lol this Eric Berry is an idiot. You’re some young safety. No one is planning to target YOU specifically. Embarrassing garbage flow of the mouth

  8. Bounty or no bounty, Johnson took an completely unnecessary cheap shot on Eric Berry. I can barely wait to see if Johnson has the huevos to go across the middle when Buffalo and KC meet this year.

  9. Look at the film Berry was cut blocked from the side while Johnson was in his blind spot. The problem was Berry was the farthest player from the play. Berry was so far away from the play he was only jogging to that side of the field. If he played for the saints he would have been rewarded greatly, if he wasn’t with the bills!

  10. Eric Berry is just being a cry baby…everyone gets hurt in the NFL…HE DIDNT EVEN TEAR HIS ACL ON THE BLOCK HE IS TAKING ABOUT…

    he returned to the game after Stevie’s block…that is when he blew out his knee…http://i.imgur.com/mIx3k.gif

    the video clearly shows his knee buckle on this play, without contact, after the block in question

  11. If being on the receiving end of a legal cut block means there was a bounty on you, then there are literally hundreds of players in the NFL who are subject to bounties each year.

    Quit crying Berry. You got hurt on a legal block. Its part of the game. Quit being a b—-

  12. IT’S THE VERY NEXT PLAY YOU FOOL!

    He’s a pro athlete who played just under 100% of the Defensive snaps the year before as a ROOKIE! He is the Defensive Captain and wanted to play through the pain ’cause he’s such a ‘creampuff’ as all you Hater’s illude to.

    Why don’t all you armchair QB’s man up and try hitting the gym or play some rec sport and get a minor injury to even somewhat relate to what Berry and ANY other player goes through.

    THEN you can sit behind your computer and throw stones about how much of a man or how little a man someone is regardless if the media is trying to make smoke into a fire…

  13. The media is so stupid someone asked him about the hit and all he said was he has his opinion he also said he doesn’t care either way he just wants to get back to football and why don’t you look up stuff on Eric berry the dude I a role model

  14. I thought they only put bounties on good players of good teams that actually make the playoffs. Berry, you have nothing to worry about.

  15. I love how the NFL and it’s followers have chosen to focus on demonizing the saints for bounties – which is fine – yet they ignore statements like, “As a reciever they tell you, cut block down field”. he follows that up by admitting that once he realized that cut blocks down field severely injure people he stopped doing it for the rest of the season.

    Soooo he stopped doing something he was coached to do, that creates a high level of risk for devastating injury, because he realized he doesn’t want to hurt other human beings.

    Intentionally violent plays that create injury risk are coached all the time in the NFL.

    The joke is, now one of the more obvious forms of that kind of teaching goes public, and the NFL pretends its whole game isn’t predicated on dangerous violence.

    Just own it. Because villifying a handful of coaches or 1 team for bounties says to me that the NFL cares about the safety of players, which is obviously not true.

    The NFL cares about money. period. They started their strict concussion policies when the law suites started rolling in. You think they didn’t know getting smashed in the head over and over again caused permanent damage? The fans know, the NFL knows, the players know, everyone knows. They all turn the other cheek…for money.

    So just own it, NFL.

    “We are an extremely dangerous and violent league and if your long term physical health is more important to you than money, or you can earn money another way, this ain’t for you.”

    Cmon Goodell, just say it. You know its true.

  16. Your comments AMAZE me!!! So what most of you are saying is that as long as the hit is legal, that does not qualify the hit to be a part of a BOUNTY? Also as long as there are no flags thrown or fines given then the player(s) is just whining?

  17. It doesn’t so much “make light of the problem” as it approaches being slanderous. Every third party out there reading Berry’s tweets knows Berry is saying he thinks Steve Johnson threw a cut block to intentionally injure Berry.

  18. Ya Roscoe Parrish offered Stevie Johnson 5g’s to take you out bc u were such a threat to their game plan! You’re a safety nobody’s cares if ur in the game or not.

  19. Please, let’s don’t pretend bounties don’t exist. Besides we all saw how much class Johnson had last year and he didn’t look like someone that was above bounties.

    All players are going to be more suspect about the bounty issue.

  20. Not really sure how it could be seen as an “legal block”, when Berry was completely away from the play. I’m not saying there was a bounty out on him, but it has always struck me as a play that was unwarranted, that unfortunately, cost the Chiefs their most important defensive player for the season.

  21. Ya Roscoe Parrish offered Stevie Johnson 5g’s to take you out bc u were such a threat to their gameplan! Nobody is questioning his toughness physically they r saying he’s being a whiney baby on a hit that was not flagged nor fined.

  22. Berry is angry because he got hurt and lost an entire season. Stevie Johnson was so messed up by it that even though he was taught to cut block downfield, he didn’t do it for the rest of the season and I believe him.

    An unfortunate situation.

  23. Well gosh…can’t wait to see how the Saints are blamed for this one, seeing that nobody actually got hurt playing NO…they HAVE to pin something on the Saints to justify this idiot can of worms GODELL has opened.

  24. Steve Johnson may dance in the endzone like clown but one thing he doesn’t do is play dirty, he doesn’t even talk sh*t at least until he gets in the endzone. These r pointless accusations I hope goodell reviews this play and fines berry for being a girl

  25. I love how you get this twisted. He said in the interview (which I actually listen to in entirety) that the bounty comment was a joke. He knows there was no bounty.

    The comment that you quote from him was given when asked about if he thought the hit was dirty. He said he thought it was. If you are going to try and drub up negative feelings toward a player, please at least try and use his quotes in the correct context.

    You could have made him out to be just as much of a crybaby by taking his answers to direct questions and turning it into a “Eric Berry Cries About Legal Hit” story.

  26. Spelling cops……….

    Thanks for showing a lack of football knowledge. Berry being hurt is probably the biggest reason the Chiefs missed the playoffs last year.

  27. jckappler says:
    Apr 18, 2012 8:18 AM
    It was unfortunate, you never want to see anyone’s season end….but it was a legal hit. Are they going to go after the mascot for ending Jamaal Charles season?

    ____________

    The mascot didn’t end his season the awkward lundge out of bounds is what tore his ACL..watch the video

  28. So what you’re saying is Stevie Johnson ended more player’s seasons in one game than the entire Saints defense did in three years?

  29. This guys a joke don’t blame some one else cause your in capable of stay healthy it’s not flag football things happen. You could go be a high school coach some where.

  30. Surrrrrre, Eric Berry. The Chief defense was so sick and you were so dominating that Chan Gailey’s OFFENSE set out to end you just so they could have a chance to beat that impregnable Chief defense…….LOL

    Get over yourself and buck up…your in the NFL now son.

  31. If he was hurt because of a “bounty” he would be one more player hurt because of an illegal hit than the combined total of the Saints Defense over a three year period.

    Again, over a THREE YEAR PERIOD not one, that would be ZERO, players were injured or carted-off the field, as a result of an illegal hit by the Saints Defense. NOT ONE – ZERO!

    Facts are really something are they not?

    Saints deserved punishment for “lying” or covering up the existence of a “pay for performance” program, but there were not “bounties” payed to injure players, because NO PLAYERS WERE INJURED!

  32. If Johnson had played for the saints would people think differently about it?

    Does anyone believe the Saints were the only team involved in bounties? I don’t think so.

    Not saying Johnson did it but not saying he didn’t based on the character he’s shown on the field.

  33. Its kinda funny how football is supposed to be a violent physical sport yet when people get hurt they claim they’ve been mistreated. Furthermore enough with this high school girl crap if you’ve got a problem with something or someone don’t announce it over twitter. Seriously.

  34. If you watch the play, FJ is running up the middle. Johnson blocks a player squarely downfield. Not involved at the time, but very likely to become involved. If this were hockey, it would have been player interference. But it’s not, and blocks like that are legal. How else would you suggest that Johnson cut block Eric Berry to prevent him from making a tackle? Run around front and pancake him?

  35. This was a clear cheap shot, He cut blocked Eric Berry from behind, clearly away from the play. If he played for the Saints he clearly would have gotten paid for that play! It doesnt bother me that no flag was called or a foul was called. But This should clearly been a play that the rules committee should have looked at to protect the defensive players. The way the rules are written Johnson can do this to Berry but when they play this year and Johnson comes over the middle and Berry wants to but the wood on Johnson Berry risks a flag and a fine. Just doesnt seem right.

  36. Do we need more proof that this whole bounty thing just plain stupid? I mean I’m still waiting on all of this evidence the NFL has. Where are all the guys they injured? The Saints are guilty of lying and that’s pretty much it the way I see it.
    So the rules are if you lie to the commish then your suspended for 6 games to 1 year right?

  37. Why was that not called clipping, SJ was clearly behind Berry when he cut blocked him. At the least it should have been clipping. At the vary least Steven Johnson is a Idiot

  38. sfsaintsfan says:Apr 18, 2012 10:23 AM

    If he was hurt because of a “bounty” he would be one more player hurt because of an illegal hit than the combined total of the Saints Defense over a three year period.

    Again, over a THREE YEAR PERIOD not one, that would be ZERO, players were injured or carted-off the field, as a result of an illegal hit by the Saints Defense. NOT ONE – ZERO!

    Facts are really something are they not?

    Saints deserved punishment for “lying” or covering up the existence of a “pay for performance” program, but there were not “bounties” payed to injure players, because NO PLAYERS WERE INJURED!
    ______________________________

    That’s like saying you planned to rob a bank, got there, said you wanted the money, but then left without taking any, problem is there was still intent to rob said bank, just like the players were paid to TRY and injure other players.

  39. Chiefs recievers do the exact same thing. Did the Skins have a “bounty” on Fitzpatrick? Don’t try this “he just kept playing on a torn ACL” He would have been limping for sure. It just blew out, and the block had nothing to do with it. Chiefs fans are whining because after a playoff run the year before they expected a huge opening day win over the hapless Bills, and got blown out by over 30 points at home. Two yrs earlier, the Bills beat them in KC by over 40. Its whining in the 1st degree. See Welkers knee explode without one person contacting him. Jason Peters just blew out his knee working out. It collapsed on him in a non-contact fashion. Johnson had nothing to do with it at all. Did Berry ever hurt an opposing player with a hit? How much did he earn on that “Bounty”? I’m betting he hurt someone along the way. That happens in Football. Man up, Nancy!

  40. Wait there’s no crying in football. Oooo wait I guess in the NFL there is.

    Violent sport. VOLUNTEER sport. Want the Millions? Injuries happen. Stop crying you overpaid pansies.

  41. this bounty mess is for the birds, and whomever is a participant should be banded for “LIFE” from the game. it has no place in this game. Players have worked their entire life! from childhood to reach this stage and for some they only have one shot, or a couple years in the game! then you have cheap shot artist trying to end another man’s career, is just wrong and has no place in the game. Coach Peyton as much as i like him, deserves what ever comes his way, and his assistant should be banded for life!

  42. I got my ribs broke catching a pass across the middle playing college ball. After the game a team mate told me when i got back to campus, he had spoke with other players of the other team and they told him they were going to put me out the game, at that time i had jets, i ran a 4’3 forty and modeled my game after Anthony Carter. A lot of other stuff, ruined my dream! But i have been victim to this mess! and it has no place in the game!

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